Looking for lessons in leadership?
Just check out the members of the Junior Achievement Northwest Georgia Business Hall of Fame. They are a diverse group that have helped shape Dalton and Whitfield County.
Local Junior Achievement officials got the idea to establish a hall of fame from the JA Atlanta Business Hall of Fame as a way to honor area leaders and also raise money for the organization.
The first laureates entered the Hall of Fame in 2006. Photos of the members can be seen at a display at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center.
The next four laureates — the late Dicksie Bradley Bandy, a trailblazer in the floorcovering industry; Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Lyle, founders of Lyle Industries Inc.; and Tom Minor III, founder of Minor, Bell & Neal — will be inducted on Tuesday, April 24, at the trade center. The reception and silent auction is at 6:15 p.m. with the dinner and induction ceremony following at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125 for individual guests and $1,000 for tables of 10. For information about the banquet, call Junior Achievement at (706) 278-9180.
Founded in 1964, the Junior Achievement Northwest Georgia District is based in Dalton. The district serves Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties. During the past school year, 9,479 students in 38 schools and 400 classrooms learned real-life business skills from volunteers and board and staff members from Junior Achievement. Volunteers from area businesses as well as parents and retirees teach business and personal finance skills to children through the JA program.
The Hall of Fame’s previous inductees are:
Charles E. “Charlie” Bowen
For years, Charlie Bowen impacted the lives of children as a teacher, principal and superintendent in the Dalton school system. But he hasn’t let retirement end his community involvement — he’s still active with many local groups, including Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Boy Scouts of America.
Bowen is a native of Austell and grew up on a farm in Sumter County. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1932 with degrees in math and Latin. Six years later, he returned to Athens and earned a master’s degree in math. He later did graduate work at two universities. He was principal of Dalton High School from 1945 to 1969, then assistant superintendent from 1969-1970 and superintendent through 1975.