The Leadership Bartlett Alumni Association (LBAA) has become a respected part of the Bartlett community over the years. Since the first Leadership class graduated in 1990, many participants have become vital business and civic leaders. Many are serving on boards and commissions associated with the betterment of Bartlett and Shelby County including the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, the Planning Commission, the Design & Review Commission, the Industrial Development Board, and the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Leadership graduates are encouraged to remain involved through the alumni association for many reasons: for the progress of the community, to enrich their lives by giving back, to help others by using the knowledge attained in the Leadership program, to develop personal and career goals, and to support each other and the community as a whole.
The key to leadership is vision. LBAA’s vision is a critical element to the future of Bartlett
LEADERSHIP PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS
1990: Began the early planning stages of forming a Cultural Arts Committee under the Chamber.
1991: Joined the Class of 1990 and established the Bartlett Community Chorus, the Bartlett Community Concert Band, and a Children’s Chorus. (The Children’s Chorus is no longer in existence.)
The Bartlett/Cordova Rotary Club was formed.
1992: Established a Bartlett Telephone Hotline that electronically gave up-to-date information about various events and activities taking place in Bartlett. (This is no longer is existence.)
Coordinated and co-sponsored a performance of the Tennessee Summer Symphony in Bartlett.
1993: Established a communication system between area health professionals to keep them aware of individuals with histories of drug abuse and fraudulent prescriptions.
Members of the 1990 Class assist the City of Bartlett in opening the first recycling center.
1994: Began planning and implementing an Annual Pancake Breakfast in honor of the Police and Fire Departments each spring.
The Leadership Bartlett Volunteer Awards were established to recognize hard working volunteers throughout the area in Youth, Adult, Senior and LB Alumni categories.
1997: Youth Leadership Bartlett was formulated. LBAA became a yearly sponsor of YLB.
Purchased a bicycle for the Bartlett Police Department.
Brought dialog between the Police Department, the Parks & Recreation Department, businesses, and churches on solutions to curb juvenile crime in Bartlett.
1999: Organized fundraising for the Bartlett Education Foundation.
Implemented the “Annual Animal Spayed and Neutered Program” in the Bartlett area.
The first annual Leadership Forum was presented.
2001: Made Bartlett a separate listing in the telephone directory, instead of under Memphis listings.
2002: The Board of Mayor and Aldermen meetings put on cable TV.
Began the early planning stages of putting street banners on the major streets in Bartlett.