Chamber's 2010-2011 Leadership Class graduates

Group produces DVD showcasing city
By: Gloria Beverage, Placer Herald Editor
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The Leadership Class of 2010-2011 wants to put Rocklin on the map. As their gift to the community, the class produced a short DVD that will help welcome visitors, potential residents and business owners to Rocklin. “Every single person in our class worked on this (DVD),” said Julie Reyes, who co-chaired the DVD project with Gary Winchester. The 10-minute video spotlights areas of interest to potential residents and business owners, including housing, parks and recreation, businesses and schools as well as government, fire and police service. The video also showcases Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor train, Interstate 80, both golf courses and some of the major businesses headquartered in the city. Background music for the video was performed by Spring View Middle School’s Honor Band. A recent Orange County transplant, Wade Smith said working on the film gave him a unique perspective on his adopted hometown. “We’re very lucky to be living in Rocklin,” said Smith. He indicated his primary task was to ask community leaders to give a short presentation about their area of expertise. “It was amazing. They all said ‘yes’,” he said. At the launch party showing of the video, Rocklin Fire Chief Bill Mikesell’s comment drew chuckles from the guests. “We’re here to protect the community, solve problems and be nice,” Mikesell said. Smith indicated copies of the DVD will be distributed at no charge through the chamber office. He joked that the class did consider selling a limited edition DVD of bloopers. Leadership Rocklin is open to individuals who live or work in South Placer County and seek to contribute their skills, knowledge and experience to benefit the community. Class size is limited. Potential participants will be interviewed as part of the selection process. The next Leadership Rocklin class will begin in September with a get-acquainted barbecue. Classes, which are held the third Thursday of each month throughout South Placer County, will continue through June. Sessions begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. A continental breakfast and lunch are provided each session. Full day participation is required. Students also attend four community events: a Rocklin Area Chamber function, city council meeting, Rocklin Unified School board meeting and Placer County Board of Supervisors’ meeting. Applications are due by July 31. Apply online at or mail the application to Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce, 3700 Rocklin Road.