Leadership Monroe County

Leadership Monroe County’s mission is building relationships
for constructive alliances among Florida Keys leaders

CLASS XXVII embarked on their year with characteristic enthusiasm and purpose, with the opening Sessions on Tourism & the Economy, in late September, and the trek to the Everglades for the annual three-day sojourn in early November, and ending 2018 with the Arts, Culture and the Media session in Key West, mid-December.

The Rock Stars entered 2019 with the LAW Session on Friday, January 11, with a full day devoted to examining the judiciary and law enforcement, their essential role and contribution to the protection of the rights afforded, and safety and protection to serve the common good. 

On January 25, a full day session with the MILITARY, the opportunity to receive briefings from top brass at NAS, and given behind the scenes look at their vital contributions to the Keys, and the nation, and also acknowledging their long history, since the early 1800’s, protecting and establishing the pivotal role 

February gave the Rock Stars the dual Health Care and Human Services sessions, examining the critical issues and impacts on our communities, and how our organizations and institutional providers are addressing them, creating solutions. 

As March rolled in, with Emergency Management in Marathon provided hands-on experiences, as our first responders, Fire and Rescue departments, working cross-county, with the NOAA and all affected agencies, to ensure safety and stressing the importance of preparation and planning, year-round. 

The closing session was held on April 5 with the dual Education and Government focus, at the new Plantation Elementary school in Tavernier, then at Coral Shores HS. Our county educators addressed the issues and programs concluding with the empaneling of our local, state and federal elected officials and administrators to give the Rock Stars the front row seat to not only the present issues, but a look to what the future holds, for the benefit of our county. Stronger alliances to foster better communication and cooperation are always the favored recipe and outcomes!


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CLASS XXVIII Recruitment Socials Held July 11, 19, 26

The 1st of the summer socials, an opportunity to hear and learn about becoming a part of Class XXVII, was held at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Gardens on THURSDAY, July 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

The 2nd meet-up was set on FRIDAY, July 19 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Crane Point Nature Center and Museum, 5550 Overseas Highway, in Marathon.

The 3rd event was conducted at Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada on FRIDAY, July 26 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

Prospective candidates are always invited to any or all of these opportunities to see what is in store for the next LMC Class, to learn how to apply, and to have all questions answered. 

Class XXVIII - 2019-20 Session Dates and Locations

Day sessions usually begin at 8:00am and end by 5:00pm.
Accommodations are provided for Sessions w/overnight stays. All expenses paid, except for personal purchases you make.

#1 - Sept. 27-28, 2019

Leadership, Tourism & the Economy

Two day session w/one overnight in Key West
#2 - Nov. 8, 9, 10


Three day session w/two overnights in the Everglades
#3 - Dec. 6


One day session in Key Largo

#4 - Jan. 17-18, 2020


First day session in Key West 

The Military

Second day session in Key West

#5 - Feb. 7

Health Care

One day session in Marathon

#6 – Feb. 21

Human Services

One day session in Key West
#7 - Mar. 8

Emergency Management

One day session in Marathon
#8 - Apr. 17-18

Arts, Culture, the Media

One and a half day session in Key West w/one overnight 

Important Info

The Board of Directors conducted its Annual Meeting and Retreat/Advance on May 18 in Marathon to review the class year that just ended, and to plan for the upcoming Class XXVIII, which is set to commence in late September. The application process for each new class begins in July; interested leaders throughout the Florida Keys are strongly encouraged to make the next “best class” your own and continue to build Keys Strong communities! 

Our Recent 2018-19/Class XXVII Sessions

Tourism and the Economy

September 28-29, 2018

Held in Key West.


Lower Keys Medical Center

Session Sponsors

First State Bank of the Florida Keys            Centennial Bank                                                            and additional support from                      Michelle Coldiron Class XX

The Environment

November 9-11, 2018

Held in Upper Keys and Everglades/Big Cypress


CenterState Bank

Session Sponsors 

Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, Waste Management, Ocean Reef Community Association, CBT Construction, Sotheby’s International Realty,  

and additional support from MARINE LAB & Ginette Hughes XIII,  DOC’S DINER: Jim Boilini, XXI  & Gina Boilini, XXII, Karen  Rodriguez, XX, Carole Ellis, IX, City of Layton/Norm Anderson, XIX, Henry Rosenthal, XIX, and the incredible STORMTROOPERS- CLASS XXVI  for the Awesome Alumni Dinner!

The Arts, Culture & The Media

December 14, 2018

Held in Key West


Lower Keys Medical Center

Session Sponsors

Hemingway Home & Museum

Henry Rosenthal

and additional support from                                   The Studios of Key West, Jedd Dodds (XXII) and Michael Shields (XVI)

The Law & The Military

Held in Key West January 11 & 25, 20189

Tour of the County Judicial Offices and Courthouse, the Law Enforcement headquarters of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and Key West Police Department.

Tour and Mission briefs of the major military facilities in Key West, at the Naval Air Station, US Coast Guard Sector, Army Special Forces Underwater Operations School, JIATFF Command, Tactical Combat Training System, and the Tour of Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 111 “Sun Downers”


Hershoff, Lupino & Yagel Law Firm 

with major support by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and Sheriff Rick Ramsey (XIX)

The Navy League, Key West Council 

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 & the Key West Military Affairs Committee for support of the Alumni Reception at Sunset Grill.


Health and Human Services

Held on February 1 & 22, 2019

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with additional sponsorship support from alumni ~ 

Maria Jones (XX), Jody Gross (XX), Sue Harrison (XXII)LeeAnn Holroyd (XXII)

Emergency Management Session

Held on March 1, 2019 in Marathon

An overview of county-wide Emergency Services will be provided. You will be able to examine the decision making process by the responsible officials and responders, as a hurricane approaches and explore how it effects the Keys physically, mentally and economically.

You will meet local and national leaders involved in the decision making. You will get a first hand overview of what it takes to operate a fire station by touring the City of Marathon’s fire station, participating in a vehicle extraction and participating in a simulated exercise. Experience the medical transportation of a critical trauma patient on our state of the art helicopter “Trauma Star”.

 SESSION SPONSORS – Steve Cook (Class XXV) &  Sheila Cook & Fishermen’s Community Hospital

with additional support by Brandi Card Island Pilates & Paul Patterson (XXVI)

Education and Government

April 5, 2019

Held at Plantation Key School and Coral Shores High School, Tavernier


CenterState Bank


Holly Raschein, D-120
with support from City of Layton, Vicky Fay (XIII),  Bob Thomas (XXIII), & Chuck Licis (XXV)

Class XXVII Graduation

For ALL of the pictures of the Graduation Banquet, click here!

We thank our sponsors who make the LMC program possible!

CenterState Bank and the Lower Keys Medical Center have magnified their support for LMC through becoming REGIONAL SPONSORS, further strengthening what LMC may communicate and educate. We are very grateful for their commitment and thank their community leaders for making it possible.

Applications for Class XXVIII was closed August 9, 2019. Want to apply for the next Class? Look ahead to July, 2020!

Leadership Monroe County Florida’s mission is building relationships
for constructive alliances among Florida Keys leaders.
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