For nearly half a decade, the Wedgworth Leadership Institute family has come together to serve the community members of Wakulla County during the holiday season.
It all began with the fateful meeting between Mrs. Sherrie Miller and Dr. Gene Trotter. Sherrie, a community leader and restaurant owner in Panacea, FL, introduced Dr. Trotter to the area as a potential seminar location before the first Florida Leadership Program for Agriculture and Natural Resources class was ever formed.
Since then, Sherrie has served as a common part of all ten leadership classes by volunteering her time and connections to help in the programming of the north Florida seminar.
In 2005, Sherrie’s hometown of Panacea was heavily impacted by Hurricane Dennis. As a way to serve the hurting community and bring holiday cheer, the Christmas in Panacea celebration was formed. This event provides a variety of free food items and holiday-themed festivities to its community members.
Sherrie serves as a natural coordinator and leader in this annual event, and so in the last few years she has reached out to her friends from the Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources to help provide nutritious citrus for the attendees.
Many alumni of WLIANR have stepped up to donate and deliver citrus to the Christmas in Panacea event.
This year, we thank Brant Schirard (Class II), Mark Wheeler (Class III), David Wheeler (Class IV), Wes Wheeler (Class V), Tim Dooley (Class VIII), and Andrea Johnson (Class X) for their combined donation of 11 grapefruit boxes, 10 tangerine bushels, and 8 orange boxes. Also, special thanks are owed to Wes Wheeler for helping in the delivery process of the citrus to Panacea.
Sherrie (third from the right) and others who support the Christmas in Panacea festival are pictured here with the citrus delivery on Friday, December 2nd, 2016.