Being involved in the community is extremely important to me because I believe that you get from your community what you’re willing to put into it. My time as a Chamber Diplomat has exposed me to so many of the great things that are happening and opened up so many opportunities to get involved.
Through the contacts I made as diplomat, I became a member of Carpet City Rotary, and one of our major projects is sponsoring local Special Olympics events. Being even a small part of these events is such a blessing, and those athletes inspire me with their sense of determination. I have also had the opportunity to serve as member of the board for Friendship House, an organization that provides high quality, income-based child care. Our annual Spaghetti Supper fundraiser is one of the best traditions in town. Each year, our Carter Hope Center board sponsors 24 Hours of Hope, where Gregg Ellis and volunteers run for 24 hours to raise money for Carter Hope Center.
Recently, Dalton hosted the Regional High School Mock Trial Competition, and students from local schools presented a mock case in Whitfield County Superior Court. Local attorneys volunteer as evaluators and Superior Court judges volunteer their time to serve as judges. The students put in a astonishing amount of prep work to prepare for the competition, and I am amazed every year at their level of preparedness and poise. This year, two local high schools qualified to have their teams move forward to the district round on February 28 before hopefully advancing to the state competition.
Everyone has something they are passionate about and everyone has some special talent. I challenge everyone to find a way to put your passions to use in this community– and I guarantee there’s an organization out there that can benefit from your time and talent!