So you want to be on City Council, maybe even the Mayor! Or maybe you just want to address the council pro or con on a given issue. Well, here is your chance! The last session of the year is held in Council Chambers and the evening consists of a "mock" council meeting discussing a current issue in the city. The class members are given roles to play (council member, mayor, citizen--pro, citizen—con). Background material is provided to make the role playing easier. Let the meeting come to order!
The purpose of this evening is to introduce the class to volunteer opportunities in the Greater Golden area. The format varies from year to year. A listing of some of the organizations who seek volunteers is listed on the Leadership Golden website at www.leadershipgolden.org.
This is a very memorable session. It is usually held at the Jefferson County Detention Center, and the evening ends with a tour of the detention facility. Presenters for this session have and most often do include a First Judicial District Judge, the Sheriff, and the District Attorney. This is a very full evening, but full of interesting information regarding our justice system from several angles.
The Parks & Recreation Director for the city of Golden, the Director of the Foothills Art Center, and the Executive Director of Miners Alley give lively presentations on their responsibilities and facilities. Although this session has been held in various places, the favorite is the Foothills Art Center.
Representatives from the three levels of Golden schools (Elementary, Middle School and High School) and the Central Administration for Jefferson County Schools (Superintendent and/or Area Administrator) take part in this session. The format for the evening can vary, but recently an open forum has proven to be effective. The panel answers questions about their particular part in educating our youth as well as education in general.
Presenters at this session have in the past included a representative from GURA, Jefferson County Open Space, and the Director of Planning for the city. Topics include those foremost in people's mind at the time, as well as general topics suggested by the Steering Committee, recommended by the presenters, and/or requested by class participants.
What about those sales taxes, where do they go? What is the annual budget for Golden? How are our monies spent? These and many other questions are answered at this session. Historically, the Finance Director and the Public Works Director present this session.
The first session of the Leadership Golden (LG) seminar series is a full day and held on a Saturday. It begins with a continental breakfast, followed by spending some time getting acquainted with fellow participants, the LG Steering Committee members, and the LG Board of Directors. Presentations include a brief history of LG, a review of the overall program, introduction to the Class Project, and an introduction to the concept of leadership. After lunch, which is provided by LG, the afternoon is spent touring city facilities. Although the places visited can vary from year to year, the Police Department, the Fire Department, and the Water Treatment Plant are normally on the agenda.