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Thanks to the Lodi Chamber of Commerce for Partners in Education and Leadership Forum

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Posted: Saturday, May 14, 2011 12:00 am

We want to make sure everyone knows about a couple of pretty impressive initiatives by the Lodi Chamber of Commerce: Partners in Education and the Leadership Forum.

PIE is the unlikely acronym for the education program. The idea is to bring business leaders into school classrooms and talk about business.

We like what this can do for young people.

Frankly, many kids get bored in school because they can't visualize the value of creating a foundation in reading, writing and arithmetic. They know it's hard work, but not all of them have a good answer to an obvious question: "Why should I do this?"

To us adults, it's a silly question. But not from the point of view of a young person.

And that's where business leaders can help. They know very well how a lack of basic skills would be a barrier to their success.

They can also explain the purpose of organizing jobs into offices, shops, companies and enterprises.

A student who understands free enterprise knows what can be achieved with hard work and imagination.

The leadership forum is an effort by the Chamber to bring the great big world to little old Lodi. It's set for 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. June 23 — a Thursday. The audience will be entertained by four speakers — two pretty serious, two just for fun.

  • Dante Nomellini, one of the county's most experienced water rights lawyers and an avowed opponent to the Peripheral Canal, will give his take on what this proposed state project means to this area.
  • C. Duane Duaner is president of the American Hospitals Association, and he'll explain what is happening with a portion of the economy that is a worry to every American.
  • Bill Beane is general manager of the Oakland A's and the man profiled in a best-selling book about baseball — "Money Ball."
  • Will Durst is a nationally renowned political comedian who revamps his act with every day's headlines.

The PIE Committee works with Junior Achievement and is looking for volunteers. And, of course, the Chamber hopes to pay for its good work by selling tickets to the Leadership Forum. Anyone interested in PIE or the Forum can call the Chamber at 367-7840.

— Lodi News-Sentinel

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