Leadership Ashland Class Project

It takes a collaborative effort to turn dreaming a reality. With the help of the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Ashland we know we can accomplish our mission! 

Leadership Ashland Class Project 2022

2022 Leadership Ashland Work Benefits Ministry to Impact the Next Generation 

Ashland, Ohio - Leadership Ashland has partnered with Pathfinder Farms and the Rotary Club of Ashland to raise  $16,500 for capital improvements at the farm, which teaches young people important life skills. These funds will support the installation of a heating and cooling system that will allow activities to continue throughout the summer and winter months without concern for extreme hot and cold temperatures in the facility.

“By investing in Pathfinder Farms, our community can contribute to teaching life skills, providing opportunities to develop positive relationships and instilling lessons grounded in faith that help young people excel in life,” said Jon Burkholder, who directs the farm with his wife Sandy. Pathfinder Farms serves youth from Ashland, Richland and surrounding counties.

Now in its eighth year, Pathfinder Farms offers a variety of free activities, such as woodworking, building projects, fishing, hiking, outdoor navigation, gardening and camping. Pathfinder Farms has recently added culinary chef Autumn Bachelder and Life Skills/Facilitator Manager Jacob Blasdel for additional expertise. 

The farm has five after-school programs and is now expanding with a local school district collaboration that includes Ashland City Schools. Due to the demand for the programs, Director Jon Burkholder is now dedicated to the venture full time. 

There are three ways to donate to Leadership Ashland’s Pathfinder Farms projects:

  • Attend an open house and silent auction at Pathfinder Farms on Saturday, April 23 at 1-3 p.m. The farm is located at 846 County Road 30A in Ashland.
  • Use the online donation form. After completing the donor information, please choose “Leadership Ashland Project” from the drop-down list for the “Select Your Designation Here” field.
  • Write a check, payable to Ashland Rotary Service Foundation, and mail it to Rotary Club of Ashland, PO Box 630, Ashland, OH 44805.


In Leadership Ashland’s 10-month Program, participants gain leadership and interpersonal skills, as well as an enhanced understanding of the issues relevant to Ashland County, through monthly sessions.  Areas of focus can include community development, economic development, government, health care, law, education, quality of life, sustainability, history, and social services, with sessions featuring community leaders from several of these focus areas.  Members of the class also devote a large portion of their time to develop and implement a community project, hence enhancing their leadership abilities, fostering teamwork and benefiting local nonprofit organizations.  

Leadership Ashland is a program of the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce and is dedicated to community leadership and professional development. Established in 1990, Leadership Ashland has graduated more than 700 community leaders.  For more information, visit here https://ashlandoh.com/programs/leadership-ashland/.

Open House and Silent Auction

Spring Family Open House at Pathfinder Farms (846 County Road 30A in Ashland, Ohio) Saturday, May 21 from 3-7 p.m. Bring your family out to enjoy an afternoon of archery, hiking, fishing, and wood projects. Tours of the farm will be available and refreshments will be provided. There will also be a silent auction with items including:

  • Stuffed AU Duffle w/ 2 All-Sport Season Passes ($700 value)
  • (4x) Cedar Fair Single Day Admission Passes ($200 value)
  • Basket with a massage, wine & wine glasses ($140 value)
  • Scentsy Basket w/ wax bars, laundry items and sprays ($112 value)
  • Sheila and Co Gift Certificate w/ Wine Glasses and 2 Small Wine Bottles o House Keeping by Heather Cleaning Basket
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride for 2 o Lottery Ticket Bouquet