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Baseball Hall Of Fame President Dale Petroskey Is Special Guest At Annual Leadership Lycoming Luncheon

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Dec. 10, 2001) – Cooperstown, N.Y., and Williamsport, Pa., both known primarily for their connections with the National Pastime, will come together at the annual Leadership Lycoming Luncheon next month. Dale A. Petroskey, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, is the featured speaker.

“We’re honored that Mr. Petroskey will be visiting the greater Williamsport area,” Patrick W. Wilson, director of regional operations of Little League Baseball and Leadership Lycoming board of trustees member, said. “I know everyone will enjoy listening to Mr. Petroskey speak about leadership, as well as the past and future of the sport that gave both Cooperstown and Williamsport an international identity.”

The Leadership Lycoming Luncheon will be in the Grand Ballroom of the Genetti Hotel and Suites, Jan. 15, 2002. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., with lunch at 11:45.

Tickets are $30 each for Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce members, and $35 for non-members. A table of eight is $225 for members and $250 for non-members. Reservations can be made by calling the chamber at 570-326-1971, or by ordering on-line at www.williamsport.org

The connections between the two towns almost make Cooperstown and Williamsport sister cities:

  • Cooperstown is the home of the most noted hall of fame in all of sports. Williamsport is home to Little League Baseball and the annual Little League Baseball World Series.
  • The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated on June 12, 1939. Six days earlier, the first Little League Baseball game was played at Park Point in Williamsport.
  • The headwaters of the Susquehanna River are in Cooperstown, at Otsego Lake. The West Branch of the Susquehanna flows past Williamsport on its way to Chesapeake Bay.

Mr. Petroskey became the fifth president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in July 1999. He oversees the 62-year-old national shrine dedicated to preserving baseball history and telling the story of its role in American culture. Prior to joining the Hall of Fame, Mr. Petroskey, a 1978 graduate of Michigan State University, served at the National Geographic Society for 11 years, the last three as senior vice president for mission programs.

There will also be a silent auction before the luncheon in the ballroom, with proceeds benefiting Leadership Lycoming. Included will be rare and collectible memorabilia from baseball and other sports. Luncheon attendees can begin browsing the auction items at 11 a.m.

Leadership Lycoming identifies, educates, and motivates the area's most promising young leaders and prepares them for service to our community in a variety of important roles, helping to cultivate, develop, and nurture the potential leaders within the community. Through a series of seminars, and using the community itself for its classroom, the program allows leaders to exchange ideas and information with established leaders and experts from many fields. Future leaders gain first-hand information about critical issues as they develop skills necessary for an effective role in Lycoming County public affairs.

Sponsored by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Lycoming follows a model for a leadership development successfully used in more than 300 similar programs across the country. Technical and financial support has been generously provided by a variety of business, industrial, and professional organizations. Leadership Lycoming was founded in 1987.