Chet Marshall and ADG Paula Blankenship<
September 9, 2008
After a business trip to Russia, Putnam's own international consultant, author and motivational speaker Chet R. Marshall touched down here at his home base to receive another graduation diploma.
But this was not a college degree, a high school diploma or even a CPA license. "Papa Chet," as he is affectionately known, today became a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute.
His official diploma was awarded by Assistant District Governor Paula Blankenship at a luncheon meeting at Wellington's of Scarlet Oaks.
The Institute prepares people for leadership "in any type of organization," Blankenship said, "but Marshall could be a 'facilitator' in his own right," she added.
"Recognized internationally as he is in analyses and solutions for corporate management, he should be teaching others," said Blankenship.
The Institute offers three seven-hour sessions usually presented on Fridays or Saturdays.
"The greatest benefit," Marshall noted, "is the fellowship and the opportunity for exchange of ideas."
In West Virginia, the next Institute is scheduled for Morgantown on September 20th. There will be a session in Charleston on February 28th.
Many local clubs now require RLI training for upcoming leaders, and Putnam Rotary pays the costs of participation for its members.
As for Papa Chet, he hopes to spend a few days at home before hitting the consultant circuit again and continuing with his new "Just Say 'Know'" seminar.