“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
~ Oprah Winfrey
26TH ANNUAL MEETING & REUNION
Wednesday, Nov. 7
6 – 10 p.m.
Atlanta Botanical Garden – Day Hall
$60 Active Member
$110 Active Member & 1 Guest*
$125 Inactive Member & Membership Renewal*
$85 Non-Member or Guest
$45 Class of 2013
* Denotes special online offer, only available through PayPal.
Register online. All registration at the door of the event is $85.
Join us as we celebrate and honor the retirement of Sara Fountain.
We will begin the evening with a brief Annual Meeting where we will:
Welcome and introduce the Class of 2013
Vote on new Board Officers & Board Members
Recognize our 2012 Leadership Award recipients
Announce the winning class of the Best Class Ever Award
The Annual Reunion will follow where we will:
Honor and celebrate Sara’s retirement and her years at Leadership DeKalb
Reunite with fellow classmates
Network with community leaders
The following classes are celebrating their special anniversaries with the organization:
Class of 1987 – 25 years
Class of 1992 – 20 years
Class of 1997 – 15 years
Class of 2002 – 10 years
Class of 2007 – 5 years
The Host Committee is currently in formation. If you are interested in joining, please contact Leadership DeKalb at 404-373-2491.
OUTGOING CHAIR’S REPORT
Arnie Silverman ’07
As outgoing chair of Leadership DeKalb I am pleased to report on the accomplishments of the past year and the health of our organization today.
We celebrated our 25th anniversary in December 2012 with a spectacular event attended by over 177 alums and their guests.
We graduated 32 impressive high school students from our Youth Leadership DeKalb program. Their year was capped by a wonderful speech by former Attorney General Thurbert Baker, who is a Leadership DeKalb 1988 graduate and board member.
The 26th adult program year was a great success with 52 present and future leaders from DeKalb business and industry, government, professional services and the not-for-profit world.
Near the end of the class year we held a well-attended and extremely informative Eggs and Issues on the July 31 Transportation Investment Act vote.
Sara Fountain ’92 retired as executive director at the end of her 11th year in that all-important and demanding role. Sara has been so devoted to Leadership DeKalb and I know I speak for all of us when I say we are eternally grateful, will miss her dearly and wish her all the best for retirement. We look forward to seeing and honoring her at our Annual Meeting and Reunion on November 7 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden; if you haven’t registered for this event yet you can do so here.
A search committee has been formed to interview and select our new Director. We are asking our alums and other friends to identify any candidates we should consider, and let us know of their interest.
I am pleased to say that Leadership DeKalb is entering its 26th year with a strong Board, over 1,000 enthusiastic and rejuvenated alumnae, and a bright vision for the future of our programs. I will soon be handing the chair’s gavel to Bo Spalding ’09, whose executive committee will also consist of Ron Alston ’08, Julie Ralston ’91, Charles Yorke ’07 and myself.
Last but very important, I want to thank Caroline Moise ’01 for stepping in and filling the Interim Executive Director role as we search for our new staff leader. Caroline has done an absolutely outstanding job. Thanks also to Suzanne Fahlstrom and Emily Yang for their ongoing dedication and jobs well-done.
I look forward to seeing you on November 7.
Until then and as always, thank you for your loyalty and support for Leadership DeKalb.
For more information and to submit your candidate nominations, please contact me via email at email@example.com phone at 404-892-7274.
ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR LEADERSHIP DEKALB AWARDS
Leadership DeKalb is seeking nominations for the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award and the Sue Ellen Owens Award. Two individuals will be selected and recognized at the 26th Annual Meeting & Reunion in November.
The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes exemplary service and commitment to the community by a Leadership DeKalb graduate. The ideal recipient for this award must have made a unique contribution to the community which has resulted in a lasting legacy.
The Sue Ellen Owens Award honors an individual in the community who has recognized an unmet or underserved need in the community; whose initiative has served as a catalyst for change to address that need; and that change should have resulted in something permanent and positive for the community, a lasting legacy of initiative and vision.
or fax at 404-373-1362. The form can be downloaded on our website.
Is Your Class the “Best Class Ever?”
Get in your final points for the BCE Award.
It is not too late to earn points towards the Best Class Ever Award.
Over the past few months, we have been tracking you and your class’ activity (e.g., membership and event attendance), contributions (in-kind only) & involvement (e.g., volunteerism on our committees).
Also, registration for the 26th Annual Meeting & Reunion will earn you one point towards the award.
The final cutoff day to earn additional points is Monday, October 22. To learn more about the Best Class Ever Award, visit our website.
Sam Goldman ’99
More than 400 people attended the Sept. 13 memorial service at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center for Sam Goldman, PhD., who died unexpectedly on Sept. 10. He was the Executive Director of Callanwolde for more than 14 years and has been working there since 1979.
Sam was a long-time active member and loyal supporter of Leadership DeKalb. He hosted the History Day program for various classes over the years, the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2002 and several other events including the most recent Bloom event in January.
“Sam was a good friend to Leadership DeKalb and a huge asset to the metro region and he is very much missed by his many friends here,” said Sara Fountain ’92, former Executive Director.
RUSH HOUR CONNECTOR
Celebration in Honor of Sara Fountain
August 23, 2012
Fellow Leadership DeKalb Graduates, Members and Friends came out to the Rush Hour Connector at Carpe Diem for the first celebration in honor of Sara Fountain’s retirement.
As a result of your support, we raised more than $1,500 for Leadership DeKalb.
Sara addressing close friends, graduates and members of Leadership DeKalb.
Thanks to our community sponsor Carpe Diem for hosting this event and Susan Laird ’12 and Jennifer Friday ’09 for coordinating this successful occasion.
Pollie Massey Battle ’08, Managing Principal for OMS Consulting & Training, tells the Class of 2013 that we expect great things from them as contributors to the community.
John Horton, Founder and Principal for Collier Brown & Co., discusses the class profiles in “Understanding How Others Misunderstand You.”
The Class forms friendships and learns to work together through team-building exercises.
The Class of 2013 learns a little bit more about Acquanette Chatman (left) and Robin Giles (right) from Class Introductions.
Doug Hooker, Executive Director for the Atlanta Regional Commission, challenges the Class to become involved in solving issues in the metro region.
Clarence Callaway ’11, Associate Trainer for the Center for Teachers’ Effectiveness, informs the Class of the importance of courage in leadership.
Special thanks to our Opening Retreat Committee Chair Duncan Van Pelt ’12, Members Clarence Callaway ’11, Theodros Hailegiorgis ’11, Pollie Massey Battle ’08, BreNita McCord ’10 and photographer extraordinaire Arthur Ratliff ’99.
Community Events & Leadership Opportunities
Attend, volunteer and/or serve!
Breakthru House is hosting a premiere of Lost in Woonsocket, a film which chronicles a powerful journey from addiction to recovery, on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Atlanta Event Center at Opera. All proceeds from the event will benefit the organization. To purchase tickets, please visit their website.
Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival is seeking volunteers for the event on Oct. 13. To volunteer, send an email to Angie Macon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer for a Leadership DeKalb Committee
There are many opportunities for Leadership DeKalb members to get involved! Sign-up now to volunteer and serve as a leader on one of Leadership DeKalb’s Committees. Please complete the form and return it to the Leadership DeKalb office by mail, fax or e-mail.
Parking Procedures @ LD Office Building
Planning to visit the Leadership DeKalb Office in Downtown Decatur? Here’s something you’ll need to remember!
The parking lot at the Leadership DeKalb office in the Decatur Court building now has
new payment procedures.
As of 2011, automated tickets are issued at the gate upon entrance and automated payment is required on exit. When visiting the office, we will give you a parking voucher before leaving for free parking. We no longer have a code for the kiosk in front of the building.
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Julie Ralston, Director of Communications for the Atlanta Regional Commission, invites Leadership DeKalb members to the 2012 State of the Region Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 12 at the Georgia World Congress Center to discuss issues and challenges facing the metro area. For more information and to register, please visit their website.
Sara Fountain retired from Leadership DeKalb as the Executive Director for nearly 11 years. To contact Sara, please email her at email@example.com or call her at 404-326-2990.
Julia Glenn Carter invites Leadership DeKalb graduates to a free interactive AIDS exhibit on Oct. 7 – 14 at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. For more information, please visit worldvisionexperience.org.
Fred Daniels, Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer for Citizens Trust Bank, received the 2012 Frederick B. Kerr Service Award from Leadership Georgia for his support and enthusiasm of the organization. He will be recognized on Nov. 9 at the organization’s gala.
Anil Lewis, Director of Strategic Communications for the National Federation of the Blind, was appointed by President Obama as a Member of the Committee for Purchase from People who are Blind or Severely Disabled. Join us in congratulating him by sending him an email at ALewis@nfb.org.
Pictured above are Anil Lewis and U.S. AbilityOne Chairperson J. Anthony Poleo.
LeeAnn Harvey, Volunteer Coordinator for the City of Decatur, received the
Innovative Program Award from the National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government for her work in coordinating the city’s Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project.
Dave Butler, Board Member of the Atlanta Audubon Society, invites former classmates and Leadership DeKalb friends to the AAS 40th Anniversary GALA at the Historic Glenridge Hall on Saturday, Oct. 20. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit atlantaaudubon.org.
Wendy Ho is now the Manager of B2B Marketing & Sales for SouthStar Energy Services. Join us in congratulating her by sending her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garrick Scott, President of the National Federation of the Blind Georgia, invites Leadership DeKalb members and graduates to the organization’s 39th Annual State Convention on Friday, Nov. 2 – Sunday, Nov. 4. For more information and to register for the convention, please visit nfbga.org.
Lisa Newbern, Chief of Public Affairs for Emory University’s National Primate Research Center, has been selected as a Family Advisor to the Georgia Council of Developmental Disabilities.