Graduates for Leadership Aransas County Class XXV are, front row, from left, Gil Perez, Audrey Rosenfield, Anne Stevens. Angela Attal, and Stephanie Horvath; back row, from left, Allen Lea, Josh Cantu, Class Director Robert Mitchell, Maria Fee, Cassandra Jones, and Eric Soness; not pictured, Brad Chilcote graduating remotely (health issue).

Leadership Aransas County (LAC) Class XXV graduated during a special ceremony Thursday, June 9 at Rockport Country Club.

The 11 graduates are Angela Attal, Josh Cantu, Brad Chilcote, Maria Fee, Stephanie Horvath, Cassandra Jones, Allen Lea, Gil Perez, Audrey Rosenfield, Eric Soness, and Anne Stevens.

Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce (RFCC) President/CEO Diane Probst told the graduates she is envious because they have now received the most up-to-date information about the community.

She challenged the graduates to think about one area they would like to champion.

“Don’t take on too many things,” she said. ‘Tackle one or two things and make a difference,” said Probst.

Class Director Robert Mitchell, a member of LAC Class XIX, reflected on how much he has been involved in since joining the LAC program, and said, “I never thought I’d be up here in front of so many people who have done so much for our community, and those that will.”

Mitchell, who has served as class director two times, added, “I’d do it again.”

He told graduates that in the battle between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins.

“It’s not because of its strength, but because of its perseverance,” he said.

Before the graduation plaques were awarded, Soness received the volunteer award for completing 231 hours of volunteer service.

(Note: All LAC members must work at least 25 volunteer hours outside an area where they normally volunteer.)

Mitchell announced that Rosenfield will serve as director for Class XXVI.

“Thank you for your trust in me,” she said. “I look forward to working with all of you in the future.”

RFCC Chairman of the Board Donna Townsend, noting she has not gone through the LAC Program, said, “I’ve seen the last seven classes graduate.

“I’m very proud of where you’re going.”

Class XXV’s Class Project is building a pavilion for the 4-H Club. The group raised more than $32,000.

Class projects began, and really started growing, shortly after the LAC Program began. Since that first project, classes have raised more than $200,000 to fund their ideas.

(Note: A listing of the Class projects can be found at

More than 315 individuals have graduated from the LAC Program.

The nine-month class opens with a Ropes course for team building, followed by sessions covering community planning and awareness, education and community collaboration, law enforcement, understanding the government we live in, economy and tourism, healthcare, history and early happenings, and media and pubic speaking.

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