John­son elected Lead­er­ship Ge­or­gia Board of Trustees vice pres­i­dent

New­ton County Su­pe­rior Court judge serv­ing three-year term on board

The Covington News - - Local News - By Rachel Oswald

New­ton County Su­pe­rior Court Judge Ho­race John­son was re­cently elected vice pres­i­dent of the 2008 Board of Trustees of Lead­er­ship Ge­or­gia.

John­son was elected to a three- year term on the board. Af­ter serv­ing as vice pres­i­dent this year, in 2009 he will serve as pres­i­dent and as chair in 2010.

Lead­er­ship Ge­or­gia is an or­ga­ni­za­tion de­signed to fos­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion for Ge­or­gia lead­ers by bring­ing them into con­tact with di­verse com­mu­ni­ties lo­cated through­out the state. It is an af­fil­i­ate of the Ge­or­gia Cham­ber of Com­merce.

John­son first be­came in­volved with Lead­er­ship Ge­or­gia in 2002 when he and his wife, Michelle, took part in the pro­gram. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the pro­gram, John­son served as pro­grams chair in 2003 and on Lead­er­ship Ge­or­gia’s Board of Trustees from 2004- 2006.

John­son de­scribed Lead­er­ship Ge­or­gia as an or­ga­ni­za­tion where mem­bers ex­changed ideas that could be brought back to their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties for im­ple­men­ta­tion.

“ It’s a great or­ga­ni­za­tion,” John­son said. “ We’ve met some won­der­ful peo­ple. I was hon­ored to come back and serve in th­ese par­tic­u­lar roles.”

Eva Du­vall, di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions for Lead­er­ship Ge­or­gia, said John­son was nom­i­nated by the board of trustees to serve as vice pres­i­dent be­cause of his de­vo­tion to the or­ga­ni­za­tion through­out the years.

“ Not only has he proven his lead­er­ship skills in the or­ga­ni­za­tion but also within his com­mu­nity,” Du­vall said. “ He’s a great leader.”

Through his time with Lead­er­ship Ge­or­gia John­son said he has trav­eled all across the state and seen both small rural towns and large metropoli­tan cities.

Each year Lead­er­ship Ge­or­gia holds five week­end pro­grams. John­son said he is help­ing to plan the pro­grams for 2009. As vice pres­i­dent he will be re­spon­si­ble for se­lect­ing the pro­gram sites for the next year.

John­son said the par­tic­i­pants are put to work dur­ing the week­end pro­grams. John­son re­called one pro­gram in 2002 when he and his wife were set to work dig­ging la­trines for a Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity House. This year John­son said one of the pro­grams will bring par­tic­i­pants to a farm­ing com­mu­nity in Cordele where they will get a chance to work with farm ma­chin­ery.

“ They aren’t all so­cial,” John­son said of Lead­er­ship Ge­or­gia’s pro­grams. “ They’re meaty. You come back tired. It’s a hands- on pro­gram. You’re not nec­es­sar­ily sit­ting in a ho­tel or sem­i­nar room.”

John­son is a grad­u­ate of Lead­er­ship New­ton County and Lead­er­ship DeKalb County. He is a past vicechair of The Cov­ing­ton/ New­ton County Cham­ber of Com­merce and is a past pres­i­dent of The Arts As­so­ci­a­tion in New­ton County. He cur­rently serves on the Board of Direc­tors for both the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of New­ton County and the Wash­ing­ton Street Com­mu­nity Cen­ter. He is a mem­ber of the Board of Coun­selors of Ox­ford Col­lege of Emory Univer­sity where he is an alum­nus.


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