Sam’s Adventures in Leadership Camden County Part 5

Deputy Director Sam Henley is a member of the 26th class of Leadership Camden County! Former Director Ron Gentry nominated Sam so she could begin building a network here in Camden County and begin learning about our county through the eyes of the organizations, agencies, and businesses who serve our area!

*NOTE: Due to meetings and preparations for Camden County’s first mass vax, Sam left LCC a bit early. Thank you to the LCC Crew for being so understanding!


January 26, 2021

Location:             Red Oak Resort & RV Park, 524 Recreation Row, Camdenton, MO 65020
Dress:                   Comfortable Clothing (Free Movement and Active Games)


8:00 a.m.             Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m.             Welcome & Announcements

8:30 a.m.             “More About You in 2!”

                                1) Ashley Mikles               2) Crystal Wade                3) Eli Griffin

8:40 a.m.             Michele Clary from Healing Connections Counseling Center

8:55 a.m.             -5 Minute Break-

9:00 a.m.             Yolanda Kehr from YoFit
                                Presentation and Yoga Demonstration

9:30 a.m.             Parents as Teachers

10:00 a.m.           Community Organization Presentation #1 & #2
                                1) Habitat for Humanity
                                2) Kids Harbor

10:30 a.m.           -15 Minute Break-

10:45 a.m.           Mitch Shields from Lake Regional Health System

11:30 a.m.           Personal Health Habits Quiz – How do YOU stay healthy?

12:15 p.m.          Boxed Lunches from Woods Supermarket

1:15 p.m.             Turning Over a New Leaf – Team-Building Activity

2:00 p.m.             Community Organization Presentation #3 – Lighthouse Mission

2:15 p.m.             Cassie from Lake Career and Technical Institute

2:45 p.m.             -15 Minute Break-

3:00 p.m.             Ingrid Davis from NRGX Fitness
Fitness Demonstration

3:15 p.m.             “My Dear Botson” – Presentation and Robot Demonstration

4:00 p.m.             Program Group Meetings with Advisors if Needed

Hi, all!

Sam here!

First, let me apologize for being so far behind on my blog about this FANTASTIC experience. With the county’s first mass vax behind us, we are hoping to get back on track bringing you updates on our office and activities!

I have to say, the thing that stuck with me which I learned during the Health and Education Team’s day was how easy it is to do small things and improve the quality of your mind and body during gruelingly long work days!

I can’t think of a single person working today who doesn’t deal with stress, fatigue, and the mind-numbing sensation of being disconnected from LIVING life! Luckily, the guest speakers and presenters in January helped us all in a matter of hours!

We started the morning with another round of “More About You in 2”, where each of three of our classmates had two minutes to tell us about themselves or a funny experience they had. Ashley, Crystal, and Eli told heartfelt or funny stories that gave us a small peek into who they are as people and what formed and shaped them in their lives. Honestly, this is probably one of my favorite activities in LCC. It is breathtaking to learn how varied and crazy our lives have been, yet we have all ended up in the same room in Camden County, learning from one another!

After the More About You in 2, we had Michele Clary from the Healing Connections Counseling Center provide us with a walkthrough of the services her center provides and why it is more important now than ever before to care for our own mental and emotional wellbeing in order to help others for effectively.

From Vitadox, here is information on what Michele can assist with:

Michele L. Clary is a Professional Counselor in Laurie, MO with special training and skill in assessing patient mental health and treating cognitive, psychological, and behavioral disorders using a wide variety of therapy techniques. As a Professional Counselor, Michele L. Clary, LPC performs diagnosing and treating mental and emotional disorders, providing therapy to clients in individual and group settings, research into advanced therapy techniques and applications, and referral to medical mental health professionals as needed. Professional Counseling is a healthcare specialty centered on providing mental and emotional guidance and therapy to treat mental, emotional, and addictive disorders. Significant diseases and conditions treated by Professional Counselors include anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), behavioral disorders, phobias, bereavement, marital hardship, attempted suicide, drug and alcohol addiction, sexual abuse, Medical tests, procedures and therapies provided by Professional Counselors include psychotherapy, cognitive behavior disorder (CBD) therapy, crisis management, mental health assessment, intelligence quotient examinations, marriage counseling, one-on-one therapy sessions, anger management therapy, and stress management.

Feel free to contact her office directly at (573) 207-4901 if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment with her!

After Michelle, we did some great “Chair Yoga” with YoFit owner and instructor Yolanda Kehr! Many of us who work in an office don’t have a lot of opportunities to move around during business hours. Yolanda took us through an entire routine, showing us how to stretch different muscle groups while sitting in our chairs!

YoFit has a website here and a Facebook page here. YoFit was also voted Missouri’s Best Yoga Studio for a second year in a row by Missouri Magazine! Congratulations, YoFit!

You can reach YoFit at (573) 201-0816 for inquiries and bookings!

We had short presentations from Parents as Teachers, Habitat for Humanity, and Kids Harbor. I will leave links to their websites below. The biggest thing I gathered from ALL three of these groups is just how many people right here in our own community need help, but many don’t know how to ask for it or don’t know how to access the help which is out there for them. It is so important to these groups to emphasize that they want to provide services for children and families and for individuals with disabilities.

Parents as Teachers website (Each school/district has its own PaT group, so reach out to your local school for contact information for your area.)

Habitat for Humanity website-Since becoming an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in 1997, we have helped low-income families living in sub-standard housing achieve their dream of homeownership.  We will soon begin construction on House #20.

Kids Harbor website-Kids’ Harbor, Inc. is a child advocacy center serving the Lake of the Ozarks area in Central Missouri, Fort Leonard Wood, and surrounding areas. This agency assists victims of child abuse and their safe caregivers as they make their way through the difficult and often frightening process of a child abuse investigation.

One of the most informative presentations was from Lake Regional Health System from Mitch Shields. He updated the LCC class on efforts the hospital was making to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Word was just getting out that Camden County would be hosting a mass vaccination event with the Missouri National Guard and LRHS would be assisting with the effort. You can check our blog for updates on how that went!

Lunch from Woods Supermarket was fantastic! They never fail to perform!

Shortly after that, I had to leave to take part in a conference call with the Health Department, LRHS, and other stakeholders to begin preparations for the aforementioned mass vax event, but I have heard amazing things about Ingrid Davis from NRGX Fitness and the “My Dear Botson” presentation. I hope I get to meet/see them soon!

Once again, that you to the LCC coordinators for putting on such a great class!

Make sure to follow our blog so you receive updates from this multi-part series of our coverage of Sam’s adventures in Leadership Camden County!

Other parts of this series:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Published by camdensam

I became the Director of Camden County, MO Emergency Management Agency (EMA) in August 2021 after previously serving as the agency's Deputy Director for a year. As the Director, I manage the day-to-day operations of the EMA, work on the Local Emergency Operations Plan, manage the Facebook, Twitter, and website for the EMA, oversee the webpages for the Camden County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), provide oversight and run exercises for the Camden County, MO Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and work with the Camden County, MO Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). I hold a general class amateur radio license, call sign KE0LMY. I am also the official "Bee Keeper" of our mascot, Buzzer the Bee, who wants you to BEE Prepared!!! I'm a certified CERT trainer and WebEOC trainer for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency. I maintain an EXTENSIVE and ever-growing list of credentials and train vigorously with first responder agencies, other EMAs, and with anyone I believe will help me become a better, more well-rounded emergency management director.

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