History

The History of Our Association

Timeline

1983
1983

Program Begins

The Leadership Lakeland program began thanks to Jere Annis, Gene Engle, Duane McConnell, and Tom Moore. None of them ever went through the program, but all of them helped create and organize it.
1984
1984

Association Established

The Alumni Association began with the help of Thomas Petcoff, Rick Stephens and James Turk. Those who joined the alumni association paid an annual dues fee of $50.
1989
1989

Jere Annis Leadership Award

The Jere Annis Leadership Award was established to honor the late Dr. Jere Annis, an organizer of the Leadership Lakeland Program. The first recipient of this award was John Cannon.
2005
2005

Leadership Conference

LLAA began working with ODK to facilitate their leadership conference thanks to the work of Larry Ross and Steve Bissonnette.
2006
2006

“State Of” Events

From 2006-2009, LLAA’s events focused on “The State Of” series.
2007
2007

Policies & Procedures developed

LLAA created its first formal, documented policies and procedures under the guidance of Steve Bissonnette.
2010
2010

Committees Formed

LLAA began forming committees.  First committees were: Finance, Annual Meeting, ODK, Membership/Communication, and Events.
2014
2014

Inspiring the Leader in Youth Summit

February 20th marks the 4th year for LLAA’s Inspiring the Leader in Youth Conference.  This year, in partnership with SEU,  Students will enjoy time with college students as well as community leaders. Contact Lisa Oliver at 863.838.6691 to learn how you can get involved with this great project.  
2014

WOW Project

Thanks to Lyonal Lindsey, the Worthy Outreach Work (WOW) Project was created.
2016
2016

Leadercast Lakeland

LLAA hosted Leadercast Lakeland, its first signature event for its members and the community.
2017
2017

Lakeland Legacy L3 Fund

LLAA created the Leadership Lakeland Legacy (L3) fund through Givewell Foundation to allow alumni and members of the community to “pay it forward” and create funds which are used to provide leadership and outreach opportunities for current and future generations of leaders.
2017

Legacy Hero Award

The Legacy Hero Award was created to recognize an alumnus who has used his or her time and talents to help the alumni association fulfill its mission and vision within the organization.