Jennifer Leslie featured speaker at Laity Luncheon


        Jennifer Leslie, a veteran reporter for 11Alive News and a member of Dunwoody UMC, will be the featured speaker at the 2011 Laity Luncheon at Annual Conference.
       The lunch is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, at the Athena Ballroom at the Classic Center in Athens. Tickets for the $20 buffet are available online at A limited number of tickets will be available on site.       
       Leslie began at 11Alive News in January 1998. She previously worked in broadcast news in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Knoxville, Tenn. She has won six Southern Regional Emmy Awards for live reporting, breaking news and spot news reporting, medical series reporting and her work with 11Alive's web team.
        Leslie has been involved with various community organizations including the Atlanta Food Bank, Action Ministries and Breakthru House.
      The Laity Luncheon is sponsored by the Conference Board of Laity.
       For the twelfth time in thirteen years, the Classic Center in Athens will serve as the host site for North Georgia Annual Conference. The 2011 events kick off with the Laity Orientation and Clergy Executive Session at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 14. The final session ends Friday, June 17 at 5:15 p.m. 
          This year’s Annual Conference will follow the theme: “Engaging in Ministry with the Poor.” The emphasis is on the personal call to “Make Me a Servant Humble and Meek ... Lord Let Me Lift Up Those Who are Weak.”
     Each member attending the event is responsible for making his or her own reservations for lodging. Various hotels in Athens are offering special rates for attendees. For more information, contact the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau at 706-357-4410 or 1-800-653-0603. 
    Members of the Annual Conference will find a variety of restaurants and shops within walking distance of the Classic Center. 
      The deadline for Handbook Reports is March 21. Reports, which should not include logos, photos, a letterhead or signatures, should be done using Word software.
The Journal Handbook committee has developed the following guidelines:       
·        Your report will be a part of the historical record of the North Georgia Conference;
·        In preparing your report, ask these questions to determine what to include and what to exclude: What purpose does this report serve for my readers? Have I included only the material essential to that purpose, or am I distracting readers with unessential information? Are the facts pertinent, reliable, accurate, complete, and current?
·          When writing your report, make your readers’ job as easy as possible. Make your report accurate and complete but as concise as feasible in consideration of your purpose and your readers’ time.
       For more details, go to:
    The deadline for ordering a display table is Monday, May 9. A separate application must be submitted for each group requesting a tabletop display. No group reservations will be accepted. There is no sharing table space with other groups unless applications have been submitted and approved by the deadline from both groups.
     Tables and table skirts are provided by the Classic Center, as well as one chair per display table.
     Due to the election of delegates to general and jurisdictional conferences, there will not be a mission project scheduled as part of Annual Conference, as in previous years.