Leadership Bartow Alumni host expert on water wars
by Matt Shinall
Aug 09, 2011 | 2337 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With raging heat and portions of the country in drought, Georgia's water war has once again raised concern.

The Leadership Bartow Alumni Association will host guest speaker Brad Carver, governmental affairs leader for Atlanta law firm Hall, Booth, Smith and Slover.

LBAA member Trish Sullivan was influential in securing Carver to address the organization concerning Georgia's ongoing battle for water rights.

"Brad Carver has been instrumental to the State of Georgia to fight for riparian rights with our surrounding states. Brad provides a compelling argument regarding our continuing water border issue with Tennessee. Anyone who attends our breakfast will receive great insight regarding our rights as a state and federally. Brad's presentation is forthright and filled with knowledge that we don't come across every day," Sullivan said. "He uses personal examples from his past that illustrate general mankind's perception of our water supply, which isn't always accurate."

The LBAA is an association of community and business leaders who have graduated from the Leadership Bartow program. This event and all others organized by the LBAA are open to all graduates of the program since its inception in 1986.

"All graduates from all the years are encouraged to come and find out more and others are encouraged to get involved and go through the program because it really can be life changing to go through one of those leadership programs, especially [Leadership Bartow]," said Patty Eagar, LBAA president.

The LBAA was formed earlier this year to host quarterly events for members and graduated members of Leadership Bartow. Membership fees are to cover organizational costs and to fund a scholarship provided by the organization.

"The purpose is to keep the people who are graduates of Leadership Bartow connected with each other and connected with the community and to not let the leadership experience just end there -- to continue to learn, to continue to develop leadership skills and to encourage others to invest in the program to develop their leadership skills too," Eagar said.

The LBAA breakfast will be held on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 7:30 a.m. at Stonewall Manor. Cost will be $15 for members. To make reservations, email Leslie McMillan at the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce at leslie@cartersvillechamber.com.