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Lefcoe 2017: Great Class, Great Year!

While the Lefcoe Leadership Class of 2017’s time together has officially come to a close, its best qualities will live on for years to come: friendships will endure, mutual efforts will be shared, the Lefcoe Alumni Association will take on new, energetic members and, last but not least, the kids who play baseball and football at the Churchland Little League facility will enjoy improved facilities and a significantly upgraded concession stand. Since the income from concession sales produces a huge chunk of the Leagues’ annual income, this is a very big deal. Parents and volunteers who staff the concession stand

Join the Lefcoe Class of 2017

The Lefcoe Board of Trustees is now accepting applications for the Class of 2017. DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION HERE The Vann H. Lefcoe Leadership Development Fund is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify and pre pare individuals for leadership roles in the City of Portsmouth.  The course was founded in memory of Vann H. Lefcoe by the Trustees of the Lefcoe Foundation.  Since our inception in 1997, we have sponsored twenty leadership courses, graduating 480 individuals who serve our community in various capacities including serving on City Commissions and actively participating in civic organizations. Mr. Don Comer

Lefcoe Celebrates 20th Aniversary

The graduation of the Vann H. Lefcoe Leadership Fund's class of 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the Portsmouth Partnership affiliate's 12-week leadership program. To mark the occasion, Lefcoe trustees invited all alumni plus the speakers and presenters who have made the program possible to an April 13 gathering at Roger Brown's Restaurant and Sports Bar, where TowneBank Chairman and CEO Bob Aston addressed the group. Since its launch in 1997, the program has seen 480 individuals of all ages and all walks of life pass through its doors, each gaining a taste for volunteer service and a greater understanding

May 22nd, 2016|Categories: Lefcoe News, News|

Lefcoe Fund-raiser Set for February 27

All too often, boys arrive at the Tidewater Youth Services Foundation's Westhaven Boys' Home with only the clothes on their backs. To address this, and to complement the support and treatment rendered by TYS, the Lefcoe Leadership class of 2016 is purchasing individual backpacks, each stuffed with clothing and personal items for each of the home's young residents. Additionally, the '16 class is scheduling several mentoring sessions, plus an event or two that'll be just plain fun. To fund this project, the class is hosting a fund-raising event at Roger Brown's in Olde Towne on Saturday, February 27, from 7

February 14th, 2016|Categories: Lefcoe News, News|

Lefcoe Class of 2016 Takes Shape

On Wednesday, January 6, 2016, the thirty-two Lefcoe 2016 class participants will, at the end of their workdays, file into the Partnership's briefing room at 6:30pm to begin a new adventure, and to work toward earning their place as Lefcoe alum. They will forge new friendships as they work together to learn not only about the power of relationships and group dynamics, but also how the development, non-profit and government communities work. Trips to Portsmouth Schools' STARBASE, plus the General Assembly and Supreme Court of Virginia are on tap, and a tilt toward the "beauty of business," entrepreneurship and business

January 2nd, 2016|Categories: Lefcoe News, News|

Lefcoe Grad Loves City, Grows Business and Jobs

  Tracy Link, 2015 Lefcoe Leadership grad, is a "giver." And the traits that attracted her to the Portsmouth Partnership's Lefcoe class, which fosters leadership and civic involvement, continue to propel the upward trajectory of her growing business. Her mission? Actually, she has several: grow a Portsmouth business, create jobs, and give back to the community (she serves on the boards of Safety Town and Starbase). She attacks each with the commitment and passion implied by the name of her company: Integrity Security Services.  Read more here . . .

October 20th, 2015|Categories: Lefcoe News, News|


2015 Lefcoe Leadership alumna Dr. Jaclyn Walker quotes Socrates as she describes the philosophy of her new creation, the M.A.N. (Men Alleviating Negativity) "All Citizens deserve a Second Chance" Foundation.  "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new," she says.  Accordingly, her organization provides services such as resume writing, classes on professional etiquette, and training on how to become readjusted to society after incarceration to convicted felons who want to work toward another chance at life. M.A.N.’s kickoff meeting was held on Friday, July 27, 2015 in the Portsmouth Partnership’s

August 11th, 2015|Categories: Lefcoe News, News|

Great Year for the Lefcoe Class of 2015

The 29-member Lefcoe Leadership Class of 2015 graduated on Wednesday, April 1.  Tied with the class of 2014 as the second-largest class in the program's history, many friendships were formed as guest speakers led the group through discussions of Portsmouth's history, its schools, volunteer culture, and more. Despite the challenges brought by frequent snow and ice, this energetic group chose to attack two hands-on projects: the refurbishment of the buildings and grounds of Safety Town, and the landscaping of the Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum. A new addition to the class offering this year was a specially-hosted tour of STARBASE,

April 16th, 2015|Categories: Lefcoe News|

Lefcoe Leadership Class of 2015 Selected

The 30 2015 Lefcoe Leadership class members will meet on January 7th to begin their journey toward joining the close-knit network of 420 Lefcoe alumni who, for 18 years, have made significant contributions to the City of Portsmouth. Lefcoe Leadership Program Application Class of 2015 The mission of the Vann H. Lefcoe Leadership Development Fund is to identify, educate and encourage future leaders within the City of Portsmouth. By inspiring civic awareness, responsibility and pride within the emerging leadership corps we will provide the City of Portsmouth with a succession of leaders to ensure a bright and prosperous future for

January 1st, 2015|Categories: Lefcoe News, News|