The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 11, 2013

Looking for leaders

— The Jan. 2 editorial titled “Time to look for younger leadership” was a timely and relevant reminder of the need to actively develop the next generation of leaders in our communities.

Our economy is driven by our for-profit businesses and our government relies on the taxes generated by those commercial activities. On the other hand, our communities are defined by those non-profit organizations that fulfill the needs that neither business nor government can satisfy. Those non-profits are only as strong as the volunteers who lead them.

In 1994, a small group of forward-thinking individuals and organizations launched Leadership Susquehanna Valley (LSV) to develop those leaders. Each year since then, this independent, non-profit organization has offered a 10-month course of leadership with a strong component of local issues and needs.

Our 400 alumni come from all walks of life, but share a common goal: making our valley a better place to live and work. Each LSV class also constitutes a ready-made network of contacts that can facilitate the collaboration necessary for effective community leadership. LSV alumni volunteer at dozens of our local non-profits, including social service agencies, civic and fraternal associations, recreational association, fire and ambulance companies, and churches.

For more information on LSV, please visit

Stephen P. Stanko, Lewisburg