Have you ever been part of meetings where you are wondering "Why are we even meeting?" or "This meeting is so boring and long?" Have you often thought that you need to think of ways to deal with conflict better? Will improving your communication skills help you be more effective in your work, family and volunteer life? Or maybe doing something to help your neighbors and/or community is on your list of resolutions for the new year.

If you answered "yes" to any or all of these questions, then consider being part of the Leadership Plenty training that is happening in Moose Lake.

Leadership Plenty is for people of all ages from teens to seniors, for community members who have never considered themselves leaders to those who have served in many leadership positions. A diverse group of people is needed who care about Moose Lake and want to do something to make the Horizons even brighter for all who live in the community.

The "Leadership Plenty" course was developed by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change and is intended to equip community members with skills for working together to help Moose Lake thrive.

Specific training sessions focus on such topics as effective communication, meeting effectiveness, conflict management and partnership building. Unique to this leadership development program is the premise that there is plenty of talent in Moose Lake that often goes unused or unasked and the program emphasizes the "we" of the community, not the "me."

Skills that participants learn can help with all phases of life - family, work and community. The training is especially valuable for emerging leaders who want to learn new skills in order to address community issues, newcomers to our community who have not yet been asked to help, young people who want to learn to effect change and established leaders who want to work together for common purposes.

Tess Hilty, Luke LeKander and John Wolforth will lead the training in Moose Lake. These community members were three of 50 individuals certified as facilitators by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change in Brainerd at the beginning of December.

This leadership training is a component of the Horizons program offered through a Northwest Area Foundation and University of Minnesota Extension partnership. Moose Lake was selected as one of 13 Minnesota Horizons communities in 2008 to participate in this 18-month program along with well over 200 other communities in the seven-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Washington implementing this program.

Leadership Plenty will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Jan. 26 to March 30 (participants attend nine sessions with an optional 10th session on April 6. There is no meeting on Feb. 16).

Participants may come at 5 p.m. for a complimentary dinner. Child care will be provided on site. It will take place at Hope Lutheran Church 308 Elm Ave., Moose Lake. Space is limited so call or e-mail as soon as possible to register or for more information.

For more information about Leadership Plenty training or the Horizons program, visit the blog mooselake.communityblogs.us, the Web site www.frontiernet.net/~mlz, e-mail MLHorizons@gmail.com, or phone 218-389-0252.