Calling all Leadership Augusta alumni

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Thirty years ago, Leadership Augusta was founded to encourage, develop and provide community leadership. It's goals were to identify and educate leaders, to recognize community needs and to promote and facilitate community projects.

Over the years, this organization has done that and more. An average of 30 people are chosen each year to participate in a yearlong, in-depth look at all aspects of our community and its issues -- from health care, to education, to law-enforcement, to name a few.

On Saturday, all alumni are going to gather for a special dinner to celebrate 30 years of Leadership Augusta, its legacy and its impact on the metro Augusta area. We encourage all alumni to make an effort to attend this event.

We live in a wonderful community blessed with outstanding leaders, thanks to Leadership Augusta. Here's hoping for another 30 terrific years.

Frank Spears

Connie Melear

Evans

(The writers are co-chairs of the Leadership Augusta anniversary celebration.)

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 02/24/10 - 11:04 pm
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oops. No removal button.

oops. No removal button.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 02/24/10 - 11:03 pm
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I like to stay informed about

I like to stay informed about the CSRA. If this isn't a secret organization, why haven't I heard of it before? What are its accomplishments?

Petey Aitchess
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Petey Aitchess 02/25/10 - 03:56 am
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Good point, Cliff. It's

Good point, Cliff. It's new(s) to me too.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 02/25/10 - 04:40 am
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It is a group that has been

It is a group that has been around (duhh obviously) a long time.

They are kinda like an OCS for civillians here in Augusta.

They do good things and in political circles it is kinda like a sign that you have been noticed and people see potential in you. David Moretz was going to try to get me a slot but I was never asked to join a class, I didn't make the cut obviously (they were loking for the best and the brightest). I was disappointed, lots of networking and help to be found amongst these folks.

From time to time you will see this on a political resume in Augusta. Good group, lots of powerful folks behind this group.

Brad

Here is a link;

http://www.leadershipaugusta.net/

From their website;

HISTORY

Leadership Augusta was established in 1980, as an affiliate of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, to enhance the civic participation of emerging leaders within the region. Each year since then, Leadership Augusta has selected approximately 30 of the best and brightest individuals in the region to participate in the ten-month program oriented to developing leadership skills, fostering understanding of the major issues facing the region, improving the communications network among leaders of disparate backgrounds and interests, and most important, motivating them to contribute through voluntary participation in civic activities.

Since its inception, over 600 individuals have completed the Leadership Augusta program, acquiring the skills, knowledge, and passion necessary to participate fully in the life of this community. Moreover, the program has brought together individuals ranging from corporate executives, and entrepreneurs to educators, non-profit managers, and public servants. These individuals have created lasting networks that have proved essential to creating a vital, positive community for current and future generations. Leadership Augusta continues to be a vital part of the overall effort to ensure that the pool of talent from which the community can draw its future leaders continues to be renewed.

The founders of Leadership Augusta shared at least two things in common. First, they understood that the future of this region was closely tied to the commitment and expertise of its next generation of leaders. Second, they wanted to ensure that the quality of responses made by future leaders to a wide array of complex social and economic issues in the Greater Augusta region would be vigorous, well-informed, and responsible. Those of us who follow them in leading the organization share their commitment and look forward to guiding Leadership Augusta's strategic direction for the 21st century.

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johnston.cliff 02/25/10 - 06:12 am
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Thanks Brad. Seems like the

Thanks Brad. Seems like the type of organization a growing area needs. I wonder why they decided to come out of the closet.

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disssman 02/25/10 - 07:59 am
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Is this the group that

Is this the group that Devaney was president of years ago? I know the commission funds them in the budget but of course it dosen't say why. I also wonder if these are the infamous "stakeholders" that the paper, politicians and the press refers to all the time? Now if they represent "all" of Augusta how are they elected? Or are they anoited and appointed by Augustas royalty based on the stakeholdings of the family?

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deekster 02/25/10 - 09:07 am
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Columbia County's "Little

Columbia County's "Little Caesar" makes the news. Maybe he will force a "rain tax" down the throats of the citizens of Richmond County at the "point of a gun". Frank is a "great community discussion leader". "I said we will listen to everyone, but if you don't sit down I'll have this armed deputy remove you". I wonder how much he got for the property by the new courthouse?

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baronvonreich 02/25/10 - 12:52 pm
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Is Deke an alumnus?

Is Deke an alumnus?

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Brad Owens 02/25/10 - 01:56 pm
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dissman, look at the link I

dissman, look at the link I put up thyere and it has a list of folks involved. Impressive list.

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fspears 02/25/10 - 05:01 pm
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Deekster... This is the

Deekster... This is the Little Caesar Spears here.... I like that name... Maybe I should sell pizza......

I would love to invite you to a class day of Leadership Augusta to see the class and the work that this programs does....... Might help you see the light........ Good people making this community a great place to live and raise a family.

God Bless,
Frank

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