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Community Leadership Service

Sponsored by the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance, the mission of Community Leadership Service is to provide retirees and prospective retirees a broader understanding of the Greater Williamsburg Region -- its people, needs, governing bodies, and key institutions; and to encourage participants to pursue volunteer leadership roles in the community.

The biennial program begins with an orientation session in late January, and then meets every Tuesday, ending with a debriefing and graduation ceremony in late March.  CLS is especially attractive to area newcomers, retirees, those about to retire and to individuals with flexible schedules which allow them to participate in the weekly sessions.

Program Information

Through a series of eleven exciting day-long sessions, participants receive a view into the inner workings of Greater Williamsburg and have unequaled access to local leaders. The preliminary plan for the Class of 2020 program consists of:

  • An Orientation session on January 21, 2020 to review program’s objectives, community issues, and develop Class of 2020 team spirit.
  • Ten day-long leadership sessions, held every Tuesday beginning January 28, addressing topics of community interest and concern, to include:
    • Tuesday, January 28 – Area History
    • Tuesday, February 4 – Destinations Tourism
    • Tuesday, February 11 – Healthcare
    • Tuesday, February 18 – Courts and Public Safety
    • Tuesday, February 25 – Arts and Culture
    • Tuesday, March 3 – Sustaining Our Community
    • Tuesday, March 10 – Education
    • Tuesday, March 17 – Military
    • Tuesday, March 24 – Government
    • Tuesday, March 31 – Class Feedback and Graduation
  • Optional participation in CLS Alumni events scheduled throughout the year.

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Frequently Asked Questions

CLS 2018 Curriculum Overview (example)

Past Classes

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