Leadership Dalton-Whitfield Alumni Association

The Leadership Dalton-Whitfield Alumni Association was created as a way to keep the graduates engaged.  The association was formed in 2005 and a committee formed, which guides and directs the events and activities of the association.  Annual dues of $35 were established to help offset the costs of events, offer scholarships to one or more participants for the Leadership Dalton-Whitfield program and work on one or more programs that have a meaningful impact on the community.

Who can participate:  All alumni of the Leadership Dalton-Whitfield program are encouraged to attend the events and to pay their annual dues.

The following is a list of events and activities since the formation of the Alumni Association in 2005:
Farewell reception for Brad Arnold and family on
Nov. 29, 2005.
Leadership After Hours at Cohutta Bank on
Dec. 6, 2005 and Minor, Bell & Neal on Nov. 14, 2006.
Two Local Government Forums held on Jan. 31, 2006
and Jan. 30, 2007.
Partnered with Target Tomorrow on several
Candidates’ Forums on June 20, 2006; Oct. 23, 2006;
and Oct. 11, 2007.
Conducted three “Share the Vision” events with
speaker Bob Shaw on March 7, 2007, Jack Turner
on May 11, 2007 and Deborah Norville on
Jan. 24, 2008.
Hosted an Appreciation Reception for Congressman
Nathan Deal on April 10, 2007.
Conducted four “Dream the Dream” focus group
meetings for the Community Foundation of Northwest
Formed the Citizens for Better Transportation in
Sept. 2007 to educate the public about the
importance of the Transportation SPLOST.  The
referendum outcome was successful.
Sponsored a partial scholarship for a LDW participant
Class of 2008.
Partnered with Dalton State College Foundation and
hosted an appreciation reception for Jim and Sally
Burran.  Partnered with the Foundation and hosted
a Welcome Reception for Dr. John Schwenn.
Hosted a Meet and Greet reception for U. S. Senator
Johnny Isakson.
Hosted a Welcome Reception for the new Chamber
President Brian Anderson.
The Alumni was involved in the passage of the
Freeport Ballot Referendum.  The outcome was
Hosted a Welcome Reception for Dr. Jim Hawkins on
January 6, 2009.
Hosted a Leadership After Hours at the Emery Center
in honor of Black History Month Feb. 2009.
August 2009 to May 2010 the Leadership Dalton-
Whitfield program celebrated its 25th Anniversary.
The Alumni Association sponsored two celebration
events.  The first event was themed Denim and
Diamonds and the second event honored the program
Founders at a Founders’ Ball.
Assisted the Grow Greater Dalton program in fund
raising efforts by encouraging the alumni to make a
Co-sponsored with the Chamber a Candidates’ Forum
featuring candidates for the races for Whitfield
County Board of Education and Whitfield County
Hosted a Meet and Greet Reception for Congressman Tom Graves
on Feb. 3, 2011.
Co-sponsored the Rebecca Ryan event with other community
sponsors. Ryan is the noted author of Live First, Work Second.
Sponsored a community wide celebration for J. R. Martinez (parade
and celebration held at the Trade Center).  Approximately 2,200 attended
the event at the Trade Center.


Dues Information:  Annual dues are $35 and invoices are mailed to all alumni.  If you are an alumni and have not been invoiced, please send an email to Phyllis Stephens at stephens@daltonchamber.org