Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce
E-LinkJune 2014

We hope you enjoy the June edition of E-link.  Remember you can always access our calendar of events here!
Don't Forget to Vote
The Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce compiled a list of questions and responses from the candidates for the local contested races.  Click here to access the link to download their response.


The Run Off Election early voting dates are June 30 to July 18. The election date is July 22.   Please exercise your right and vote.

Young Professionals Family Fun Night!
Join us Friday June 27th for Despicable Me 2! 
Got Books?


Readers to Leaders is in need of new and 

gently used books of any kind.


Readers to Leaders will be set up at the Downtown Saturday Market next Saturday, June 28th to collect book donations.


Donated books will be used to fill Book Nooks that are placed at local businesses in the Dalton Area, passed out at selected free lunch sites in the community, and used at the upcoming 3rd Annual Literacy Celebration. 


You may donate books at any time at the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce. If you would like to donate, please call Melissa Morrison at 706-712-0961 or email at

Congratulations Tangela Johnson



Tangela W. Johnson, President of North Georgia Center for Educational Excellence (NGCEE) has been newly appointed to Georgia's Department of Early Care and Learning Board.  Tangela has successfully worked as an organizational development consultant and strategist for the past 16 years.  She also served as an adjunct faculty member at Dalton State College. 


She has a bachelor's degree from The University of Georgia and a master's degree from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She serves on the following Boards: The Dalton-Whitfield Library Board Authority (current Chair), the Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership, Christian Heritage School, Murray-Whitfield Joint Development Authority, Girl Scouts Board of Greater Atlanta, Launch of Chattanooga, and she served as the Vice Chair of the Northwest Georgia Trade Center Board Authority. She is a graduate of the prestigious Leadership Georgia Class of 2012 and a graduate of the local leadership program-Leadership Dalton-Whitfield class of 2011. Tangela is a Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow. She and her husband John have one child, Caylor and live in Whitfield County, Georgia.


Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (Bright from the Start) is responsible for meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia's children and their families.

3rd Annual Literacy Celebration 

Sponsors needed! The Readers to Leaders Program is in need of sponsors to help fund this year's Literacy Event. Your business will be listed on this year's celebration shirts.

Are you interested in volunteering? Volunteers are needed to read, play, craft, and help run the Literacy Celebration from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

If you would like to volunteer or become a sponsor, please contact Melissa Morrison at or call 706-712-0961.
President's Council


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Judy Says...

Why train supervisors?


"Leading without proficiency will lead to frustration and failure."  (Patrick Graupp)


They will be better leaders-  Moving from line worker to supervisor is a big adjustment.  Suddenly they are supervising the people they worked beside every day and it can be uncomfortable.  Often times we promote based on the knowledge/skills of the work needed, but they lack the skills to lead and motivate their team.


It builds organizational strength- Training provides the organization with skilled leadership ready for advancement when needed.  It saves time and resources searching for candidates outside the organization when there are unexpected resignations.


Reduces staff turnover - One of the most common reasons people leave an organization is because they do not like their supervisor.  Employees want to work for someone they trust and respect.  They want someone they feel hears and gives serious consideration to their concerns and is does not belittle them for offering their opinion.


Leadership and people skills often don't come naturally.  Do your part to help your supervisors succeed by providing them with the training they need.  The return on investment will be invaluable to your organization.


Because we realize the importance of supervisor training, we're bringing the Glenn Shephard seminar on "How to Supervise People and Lead a Team" to you on July 15th from 8:30 - noon at the NorthWest Georgia Trade & Convention Center for the incredibly low cost of $129 for Chamber members and $149 for non-members.  Also, when you send 3 or more the 4th person attends for free.


Please come join us. You can click here to register.


Judy Sawyer

Vice President of Finance and Administration

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