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Visit the Douglas County Festival of Trees now through November 21st!
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The Leadership Douglas Class of 2014 in partnership with other local community members are pleased to present the 2014 Festival of Trees! This event is a fundraiser for the Meals on Wheels of Douglas County program which provides meals to elderly citizens.

This year, over 35 trees were donated and decorated by local businesses, schools and organizations. The trees are on display at the Douglas County Courthouse (8700 Hospital Drive in Douglasville) from November 4 – 21. Each tree can be bid on to take to your home or business during the week of November 17 – 21. The auction ends at noon on the 21st.

There are prizes for participants! Cast your vote on the following categories for the entries into the Festival of Trees anytime during the Festival of Trees. Categories include Kid’s Choice (Best Children’s Theme), Best Tree Topper Display, Best Decorated, Most Community-Minded, Best Hand-Made Ornaments, Santa’s Favorite (Most Traditional), Most Whimsical (Most Non-Traditional), Best Use of Lighting, Best in Show (Best Overall).

Thank you to our 2014 participants: DC Sheriffs Department, Mason Creek Elementary, WSA, Bill Arp Elementary,  Mirror Lake Elem. Art Club, Yeager MS Jr. Beta Club, Rotary Club of Douglas County, Kaiser Permanente, Omega Learning Center Douglasville, South Douglas Elementary, Kiwanis Club of DC/United Way, Comcast, City of Douglasville/Main Street/CVB, Dorsett Shoals Elementary, Junior League of DC, DCSS Central Office, Douglas County Economic Development Authority, American Red Cross, Douglas County District Attorney Office, Douglas County Solicitor General Office, Beyond the Front Porch, Douglas County Chamber, Georgia Power, Bright Star Elementary, DCHS Science National Honor Society, Anchor Heating & Air, Winston Elementary, Bank of the Ozarks, Hughes-Ray Company, New Manchester HS, Holly Springs Elementary, Kids of New Covenant UMC, Ladies of New Covenant UMC, Arbor Station Elementary, and The Curiosity Shoppe.

To check out the trees online, click here to see the FOT album. For more information, contact Jennifer Moore at 770.949.2000.

Mission: The mission of Leadership Douglas is to identify, encourage and develop leadership abilities so that its participants grow both personally and professionally.

Leadership Douglas is a program of the Douglas County Chamber Foundation. It selects diverse and qualified individuals to provide a structured program that enhances leadership skills and community involvement for the betterment of all citizens, businesses, organizations and governments in Douglas County.

Through presentations, discussions and work sessions, the program seeks to inspire those who are willing to get involved. Participants are given the opportunity to meet and interact with current community and business leaders throughout the program.

Participants in Leadership Douglas benefit from getting to know one another and from the exchange of ideas and experiences. They gain knowledge and understanding on crucial issues facing our community, while also attaining leadership skills to make a difference.

In addition, they develop a network of relationships with other leaders of various backgrounds throughout Douglas County.

Participants in the class not only learn about leadership principles, but also about how these principles are used by our local and state officials in the conduct of business. The class members are exposed to these topics: Natural Resources, Leadership, Government/Judicial, Economic Development, Social Services, Cultural Diversity, Education, Emergency Services, and Arts and Culture.

Only 25 students are selected each year to participate in this highly selective program. Applicants must complete a detailed application including skills, professional experience and community involvement. Class participants are a diverse cross section of individuals from business, public service, education and service organizations. Applications are available in January each year.

The time commitment for participants includes 10 full-day sessions from August -May, a graduation luncheon and several evening sessions. Attendance at all programs is mandatory. Cost for the 10 month course is $600 and includes the retreat, all sessions and materials, meals and transportation. It is important that applicants recognize that a serious commitment to make every class is required. In return, participants are guaranteed to leave Leadership Douglas better qualified to take an active role in our community.

Governing Principles:

Leadership Douglas has a longstanding tradition of success in our community and is used to identify current and potential leaders in Douglas County. Leadership Douglas, Inc. affirms that leadership is an honor and a challenge.

The following principles are binding values that govern procedures, policies and actions of Leadership Douglas:

  • We uphold integrity and high ethical values.
  • We uphold tolerance as we enhance the diversity of our community.
  • We adhere to exemplary business and professional conduct.
  • We believe in the constant pursuit of knowledge.
  • We encourage flexibility as we effect positive change.
  • We are motivated to ignite passion and high energy in others and ourselves.
  • We recognize the importance of business and community support.
  • We require a personal commitment from all involved.
  • We encourage a balanced lifestyle.
  • We foster life-long friendships.

For more information about Leadership Douglas or the Leadership Douglas Alumni Program, please contact Kali Boatright, Chamber President and CEO, at boatright@douglascountygeorgia.com. Applications will be available online early January.



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