Opinion

April 7, 2014

JA: Helping young people understand America’s private enterprise system

— When Junior Achievement of Northwest Georgia was officially chartered in Dalton on Aug. 14, 1964, its goal was outlined in a one-sentence mission statement:

“Formed for the purpose of providing an opportunity for young people in cooperation with adult supervisors for the sole purpose of developing an understanding of the relationship and function of the essential parts of America’s private enterprise system involving private capital, wise management and responsible labor.”

Now 50 years later, that mission remains the same.

Junior Achievement of Northwest Georgia and the Kenneth E. Boring Charitable Foundation will hold a 50th anniversary celebration on Tuesday, April 15, at the trade center. During the past eight years in the spring, Junior Achievement has inducted a total of 28 members into its Northwest Georgia Business Hall of Fame. But this year, organizers felt it was timely to honor the scores of people who have made Junior Achievement a success in the area.

During this year’s event, the group will honor its founders, supporters, directors, advisers and alumni. Special recognition will be given to the late I.V. Chandler, a Dalton businessman and Junior Achievement’s first honorary life member in 1968. He was later joined in that honor by Jack Bandy, Jim Finney, Virgil Hampton, Tom Jones and Charles Kreischer.

Dalton is well known for its leaders with strong entrepreneurial acumen resulting in business success. Without these volunteers to impart life and business skills to area students, the organization probably never would have gotten off the ground. Because of them, thousands of young men and women had their first taste of the business world through Junior Achievement programs.

The dinner starts at 6:15 p.m. with a reception and silent auction. Tickets are $125, or a table for 10 for $1,000. For more information, contact Judy Norris at (706) 278-9180 or jnorris@georgia.ja.org.

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