30 Years and Counting

A Legacy of Leadership – Leadership Lives Here

This community is blessed to have a legacy of leadership that began with the foresight of business leaders that met with the J. W. Fanning Leadership Institute-University of Georgia to create a program to develop informed leaders for the challenges of tomorrow.  As a result, the Leadership Dalton-Whitfield began in 1986.  The Founders include:  Jack Bandy, Jim Jolly, Charles Pannell, DeForrest Parrott, Carl Rollins, Julian Saul, Bob Shaw, Joe Stubbs, George Sutherland, Frank Thomason, Charles Van Rysselberge, Lenard Whaley and The Late Ken Boring, James Brown, Norman Burkett and Shirley Lorberbaum.  The founders wanted to make a statement about the importance of this program so many of them participated in the first graduating class of 1986.  The program now boasts 1,010 alumni and the 30th program year just kicked off with their Retreat.

Area alumni of Leadership Georgia, the state-wide Leadership program, met in the Spring of 2003 and began working together to nominate individuals for each Leadership Georgia class.  This has proven to be very successful since there has been a participant in almost every Leadership Georgia class.

In April 2005, the Leadership Dalton-Whitfield Alumni Association was formed as a way to keep the alumni connected and a number of events were held including the Share the Vision event, which featured speakers such as Bob Shaw, Jack Turner, Deborah Norville and Derek Waugh with the Dalton State College athletes and the Mascot Rage.

As the Chamber moved forward in the areas of leadership development, it was clear that a new program was needed to develop the participant through a leadership skills development program.  With the help of the Fanning Leadership Institute-University of Georgia, the Emerging Leaders Institute was created and launched in 2008.   To date the program has 151 alumni.

In honor of the 30th anniversary year, the Leadership Passport program was created and is offered to alumni to attend four LDW sessions as a way to relive the class experience, reconnect with top speakers and to develop new networking opportunities and relationships.

For all Facebook users, check out Leadership Dalton-Whitfield and view the photo albums by class year and also view individual photos A through Z.  Also included are photo albums of the LDW Past Presidents, the Founders and the 25th Anniversary events Denim and Diamonds and the Founders’ Ball.

To view the Leadership time line, please pick up this month’s copy of ChamberLink or go to our Leadership Facebook Page at facebook.com/leadership-Dalton-Whitifled

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