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WHAT: Brown Bag Lunch

WHEN: January 18, 2002 (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.)

WHERE: Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce

FEATURING:Paul Goldberg, Director of East Tennessee Regional Leadership program spoke on the successful efforts of this unique program. He provided the history of the program and noted the success. He also encouraged participation and highlighted the excellent program activities that give each county a chance to showcase their strengths. Networking is a key element of the program. Participation builds relationships with leaders from other counties that expand our reach and influence. A better appreciation for our region is developed through this program. The program is open to graduates of Leadership Oak Ridge. Please let any member of the LORA Board or Carol Smallridge know if you would like to be considered as a potential participant from Oak Ridge. The cost is $300 for the entire program!

WHAT: Welcome Leadership Oak Ridge 2002

WHEN: Tuesday, April 9, 2002 at 4:00 PM

WHERE: Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce

FEATURING: This event was an after-work social to get to know the 2002 class and enourage them in their class activities and get them more acquainted with LORA activities.




WHAT: Professional Development Workshop

WHEN: Spring/Summer 2002

WHERE: Roane State Community College

FEATURING: The workshop focus was on understanding each person's chosen leadership style and how that approach to leadership changed when a person is placed under stress. We each have a comfortable style of interaction and yet by recognizing what another person is comfortable with we can communicate with them more effectively and can understand why they might behave in a manner that is somewhat different from ours. The workshop was filled with practical experiences and used a very effective written instrument to help the participants evaluate their own chosen approach to leadership.

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WHAT: Brown Bag Lunch

WHEN: Friday - February 21, 2003 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

WHERE: Because of construction at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce This Brown Bag Lunch was held at the Midtown Community Center, formerly the Wildcat Den.

FEATURING:Bill Landry of WBIR TV. This meeting was a kick-off of the LORA 2003 year. The business portion of the meeting started shortly after 11:30 and provided an overview of what is planned for 2003. Membership forms were available and Betty Stokes, Membership chairperson assisted members to sign up. The highlight of the program was our guest speaker, BILL LANDRY. All enjoyed Bill Landry speak at the MIDTOWN COMMUNITY CENTER!

Bill Landry, has been the voice, host/narrator and co-producer of the Heartland Series since it was conceived in 1984 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the of the founding of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Since 1984 ,over 1,000 short features have been produced. Bill has written and directed many of the episodes. Bill is a graduate of the Dallas Theater Center with a Masters of Fine Arts and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature, English and Arts. Many of us have seen him on the TV series and this was an excellent opportunity to see him in person and show him a warm Oak Ridge welcome AT THE MIDTOWN COMMUNITY CENTER.




WHAT:Welcome Class of 2003

WHEN:Tuesday - April 15, 2003 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

WHERE:Midtown Community Center

FEATURING: Social Event to welcome the new class




WHAT:Industry Tour

WHEN:Tuesday - April 21, 2003 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM (NOTE Start time change!)

WHERE:Meet at Chamber of Commerce

FEATURING: We will tour the Clayton Homes Assembly Plant located in Clinton




WHAT:Patriot Day Program

WHEN:Tuesday - June 13, 2003 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

WHERE:Oak Ridge Museum of Science and Energy

FEATURING:Focus on international events and America's fight against terrorism. Speaker: Lt. Gen. Fred Fisher, US Army, Retired




WHAT:Professional Development - 1

WHEN:Tuesday - June 17, 2003 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

WHERE: Roane State Community College

FEATURING: Wade Johnson, Manager of Business & Industry Development, RSCC has over 20 years of experience in conducting training programs for business and industry. He has worked in the field of Organizational Psychology since 1976. This session will be held at the Oak Ridge campus of Roane State Community College.

Send your reservations to:Samantha Royster




WHAT:LORA Project Day

WHEN:Saturday - September 13, 2003 9:00 AM - Noon (or as required)

WHERE:Location to be determined

FEATURING: This year we have added a new position to the Board, “Project Coordinator”. Leslie England , class of 2000 has agreed to head up this effort. What we would like to do, is provide help and assistance, similar to the United Way Day of Caring. We might look at this in a similar manner like the Class Project that was undertaken as part of the Leadership Program. It does not have to be as large as some of those completed. It can be something small that could be performed once or be expanded to be done again if the team chooses. What we will do, and for whom will we do it needs to worked. If we have enough interest, we may want one or two teams. The team size will be determined by the project complexity and the number of LORA members who want to get involved. Contact Leslie if you have an interest, ideas or know of a need in the community.

Specific Details of LORA 2003 Project Day:


The idea behind “project day”, is similar to the effort we did for our class project.
Perform a bit of good will to those in need in our community. Lend a hand to those who
might not be able to help themselves. Be a good neighbor. THE DATE OF PROJECT DAY ……SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 13. We have outlined two projects to be performed. In both instances they are for two Oak
Ridge households that are assisted through the Aid to Distressed Families of
Anderson County (ADFAC) program: Project One: ( 2 parts) · Painting of a kitchen area ( 6 ‘x 8’), including the ceiling. Then room will be
cleared. Not a lot of prep work. · Out door work; trimming of plants and bushes; planting of new outdoor items;
general landscape effort….small house with small outdoor area. Work force required: 1 Team Captain 4 to 6 support workers Materials will be provided; bring outdoor work tools needed Project Two: ( 1 part) · Perform yard remodel effort…..rework of existing outdoor area. Repainting…(spray
cans) of outdoor furniture items. Work force required: 1 Team Captain 4 to 6 support workers HOW TO GET INVOLVED To sign up please give me a call at work 483-1377 ( Oak Ridge Utility District) or
e-mail me at

To ensure a successful event, I will need to do a little preplanning with the Team
Captains to help with supplies and materials. ALL of the needed materials will be
purchased with LORA funds or through donations. Team Captains will not be asked
to “beg , borrow or steal”. Former Leadership classmates...if you know of one who
has not joined LORA, ask them to help. The more the merrier. Thanks for stepping forward to help. Leslie England Project co-coordinator Class 2000




WHAT:Professional Development - 2

WHEN:Monday - October 13, 2003 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

WHERE: Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce

FEATURING: Anne Garcia Garland, Garcia Empowerment Services, is a Work Relationship Specialist who has extensive experience in dealing with people and personalities. Her presentation is being finalized. Specific as to details and deadline for making reservations should be posted about September 15.

Send your reservations to:Samantha Royster




WHAT: Coordinator of Eastern Region of Tennessee Homeland Security

WHEN: December 12, 2003, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

WHERE: Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce

FEATURING: Dr. John Sterling
















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2004 Activites

What: Brown Bag Lunch - 2004 Kickoff

When: Friday, March 12, 2004, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Where: Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce

Who:  Judge John A. Bell, General Sessions Court Cocke County

Subject: IRAQ Legal System - an Overview

What: Welcome Class of 2004

When: Tuesday, April 13, 2004, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Where: Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce

Who: Leadership Oak Ridge Alumni Board

Subject: Social Event to get to know Leadership Oak Ridge Class of 2004

What: Brown Bag Lunch - Oak Ridge Connection

When: Friday, May 14, 2004, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Where: Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce

Who: TBD

Subject: Oak Ridge Rowing Association and Oak Ridge Convention and Visitor's Bureau

What: LORA Project Day

When: Saturday, September 11, 2004, 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Where: Project locations TBD

Who: Project Agencies TBD

Subject: Help Organizations and Individuals

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What: 2005 Kickoff (Brown Bag Lunch)

When: Friday, February 25, 2005, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Where: Midtown Community Center - Wildcat Den

Who: Jan McNally, President, Methodist Medical Center

Subject: Methodist Medical Center and The Oak Ridge Scene

What: Welcome Class of 2005

When: Tuesday, April 12, 2005, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Where: United Way of Anderson County

Who: Social event to welcome new class

Subject: Welcome to LORA

What: Oak Ridge Connection (Brown Bag Lunch)

When: Friday, August 13, 2005, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Where: RSCC Oak Ridge Campus

Who: Wade. B. McCarney, President, Roane State Community College

Subject: Roane State Community College - Past, Present, and Future

What: Community Connection (Brown Bag Lunch)

When: Friday, August 19 2005, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Where: Oak Ridge Public Library Meeting Room

Who: James O'Conner, Oak Ridge City Manager

Subject: The Role of a City Manager

What: LORA Project Day

When: Saturday, September 10, 2005, 9:00 AM - Noon

Where: TBD

Who: TBD

Subject: Help our neighbor

What: Professional Development

When: Friday, October 14, 2005, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Where: United Way of Anderson County

Who: TBD

Subject: TBD

What: Legislative Connection (Brown Bag Lunch)

When: Friday, December 9, 2005, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Where: Oak Ridge Civic Center Social Room

Who: TBD

Subject: TBD

End of 2005 Activities

Previous Special Features

Report on the Tennessee Association of Community Leadership (TACL) Tennessee State Conference held October 16 - 18, 2002 in Dickson, TN and attended by Carol Smallridge and Ray Smith.

 This conference was held at the Renaissiance Center in Dickson and was presented as "Camp Leadership" and included a "Treasure Hunt along the Tracks" in downtown Dickson, a Dinner Theatre production of "Sylvia," a special program in the planetarium Cybersphere, as well as an "Old-Fashioned Dinner on the Grounds and Campfire Inspiration" with Dr. David Lee Hunter, a humorist from Knoxville. The conference workshops included "Hosting Retreats," "Taking Care of Yourself," "Interpersonal Skill Building," "Community Partnerships," Diversity in Membership and Programming," and "Youth Leadership."

One highlight of the conference was the presentation by Leadership Dickson's Dana Ramsey featuring the manner in which they have continued to involve ALUMNI. Their leadership program created a cirriculm for middle school students that included "Character Counts," "Education Edge," "Choices," ... all of which are conducted by ALUMNI. We would do well to learn from this experience and include opportunities for service by Leadership Oak Ridge Alumni, in my opinion.

A web page is being developed for TACL and will include links to our Leadership Oak Ridge pages and the East Tennessee Regional Leadership page as well. I have volunteered to co-develop the web site for TACL.

The conference next year is scheduled to be held in Chattanooga. It would be good for Oak Ridge to host one of these conferences in the near future.

In addition to the many learning opportunties and interesting activities of the conference this year, the networking accomplished all throughout the conference activities was of tremendous value. Many community leadership programs are making great strides. Their examples held good lessons learned and they readily shared their successful experiences.

As you will recall, Carol Smallridge has been appointed to the board of directors for TACL and will both contribute to their continued success and gain much knowledge and experience to translate into further improvements in our already pace setting Leadership Oak Ridge. Should you have specific questions about the above information or should you desire to learn more about the specific activities of the TACL Leadership Conference, please contact Carol (E-mail: Carol Smallridge) or Ray (E-mail: Ray Smith) for answers to your questions and more information.

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