Leadership Wayne is an educational program sponsored by the Wayne County, Southern Wayne and Pocono Lake Region Chambers of Commerce. The purpose of this program is to educate a group of leaders in Wayne County regarding all aspects of the community.
Leadership Wayne is an educational program sponsored by the Wayne County, Southern Wayne and Pocono Lake Region Chambers of Commerce. The purpose of this program is to educate a group of leaders in Wayne County regarding all aspects of the community. The expectation is that Wayne County will benefit from a well-educated group of individuals that are capable of providing leadership to community and volunteer organizations. The class explores topics such as arts & culture, human services, education, economic development, environment & recreation, law enforcement & the criminal justice system, healthcare, as well as local & county government. Traditionally, the graduating class has completed a group project that benefits Wayne County and demonstrates the class’ dedication to community service.
In 1861, at the beginning of the Civil War, a group of local women formed the Soldiers’ Aid Society to make uniforms for departing volunteers and to sew hospital supplies. Four years later, as the Civil War drew to an end, the group reorganized as the Ladies Monumental Association of Wayne County and resolved to raise funds for a monument to honor fallen heroes. A site was chosen in what would become Honesdale’s Central Park and a statue of a Union soldier in the position of old-time parade rest was chosen. The bronze figure was cast by the Robert Wood and Company foundry located in Philadelphia. The pedestal portion of the monument, made from Quincy granite quarried in Quincy, Massachusetts, sets atop a large slate foundation stone. The pillar is faced on all four sides with bronze tablets bearing the names of 353 Wayne County men who died as a result of the war. The monument was one of the first Civil War memorials erected in Pennsylvania, and was dedicated in 1869 by Gov. John Geary.
The Leadership Wayne Class of 2011 has chosen to preserve this piece of Wayne County history as their group project. This project is especially significant as 2011 marks the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. They are reaching out to the Wayne County community for help in reaching their fundraising goal of $40,000, which will allow them to preserve the statue, base and fence. No donation is too small!
If you would like to contribute, please make checks payable to WCCC-Leadership Wayne and mail to: Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, Attn: Leadership Wayne, 32 Commercial Street, Honesdale, PA 18431. Upon completion of this project, the Leadership Wayne Class of 2011 plans to hold a rededication ceremony in Central Park.