On the evening of May 3, 2018, family, friends, alumni, Leadership Gilmer sponsors, and Gilmer Chamber directors gathered to celebrate the Leadership Gilmer class of 2018. Joining a prestigious group of over 120 fellow alumni, the class of 2018 was the seventh Leadership Gilmer class. The evening’s celebration concluded a nine-month program during which the 19 class members learned about themselves, their leadership style, local government, local civic and social organizations, and much more. During their time together, they also researched and prepared for presentations that were given earlier in the day. Their self-chosen topics were workforce, housing and recycling/litter.
The Class of 2018 graduates include Jared Arrant, Edward Jones; Andy Ashurst, Times Courier; Patricia Babin, Cohutta Healing Arts Institute; Lori Bramlett, University of North Georgia; Thanna Chadwick, Gilmer Chamber; Ron Cheslock, Satterwhite Log Homes; Tom Crawford, Tom Crawford Agency; Alicia Edwards, ReMax; Mary Ann Elkins, Southern Flare Antiques & Interiors; Betsy Kelly, United Community Bank; Heath Lee, Gilmer County Library; Susan Marino; Karin McNeill, Chataeu Meichry; Maria Mullins; Alex Neal, Edward Jones; Roger Ott, SERVPRO; Stuart Sheriff, Gilmer County Charter School District; Hal Wright; and Marie Wyrosdick, Tax Consultants of North Georgia. Sponsors of the 2018 class included Gilbert & Sheppard Group, Leadership Gilmer Alumni Association, Misty Hollow Antiques & Collectibles, United Community Bank, Marketplace Promotions, Fetch Your News, H&R Block, Pilgrim’s, State Farm-Candra Warren, and Mr. P’s/Main Street Catering.
Leadership Gilmer is an initiative of the Gilmer Chamber designed to build and strengthen a better community through training its leaders for the challenges of tomorrow. The Goal of Leadership Gilmer is to develop informed leaders and channel their ideas and experiences toward community resources, issues and concerns to help direct the future of Gilmer County. This goal is achieved by programs, informal discussions and participatory experiences. The Leadership Advisory Committee solicits and reviews nominations for the program. Participants are those who have been identified as having an interest in the community and a sincere commitment to making Gilmer County a better place to work and live. Participants are chosen to represent the occupational and demographic diversity in the community. Class size is limited to a maximum of 22 people. Applications for the 2019-2020 class will be available February 2019.