W. Lee Arrendale Award for Vocational Excellence



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 Rotary District 6910

W. Lee Arrendale Award for Vocational Excellence

2013 Nomination Form



Date: 01/30/2013
The Rotary Club of Canton hereby nominates the person named below for consideration by the selected committee.

Nominee’s Name: Dennis Burnette

Nominee’s Occupation: Banker
Club President’s Name: Jeff Mitchell


  1. Statement of Nominee’s Achievements in his/her vocation:




  1. Statement of Nominee’s Achievements in the community:




  1. Nominee’s academic achievements:

Jeffery Mitchell


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Club President Club Secretary or Vocational Service Director


Please summarize your nomination for the W. Lee Arrendale Vocational Excellence Award in the space provided and up to four (4) additional 8 ½” x 11” pages, singe-spaced, 11 point type. Additional information may be requested by the selection committee.

Due: January 31, 2013

Mail to: Rotary District 6910

Attn: Chairman, W. Lee Arrendale Vocational Excellence Award

958 McEver Road, Suite D-9

Gainesville, GA

FAX: 770-538-0287 Email: d6910@bellsouth.net


Dennis Burnette, President and CEO, Cherokee Bank, Canton, is a veteran banker with over 30 years of experience as a bank CEO.
He began his banking career in 1967 with C&S National Bank in Atlanta. In 1976, at the age of 30, Dennis became the charter president of a new bank in Pickens County, and, in 1998, was the organizing president of Cherokee Bank in Canton.
Dennis holds and has held a number of leadership positions in the banking industry, in the State of Georgia, and in his community.
Dennis is Past Chairman of the Board of the Georgia Bankers Association, the trade association representing all banks in Georgia. He has been active in the American Bankers Association and was the ABA State Chairman for Georgia and served on the association’s Community Bankers Council.
He has served as the only banker on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA).
On a statewide level, Burnette has a history of involvement with various statewide programs that support education and promote our state’s development.
Dennis Burnette is a board member of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and serves as a member of the Environment and Land Use Committee.
He is a past member of the Board of Directors of United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and is past Chairman of the Cherokee County United Way Fundraising Campaign.

He has served as:




  • Board member, Board of Directors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce

  • Chairman, State GOAL Committee, Georgia Chamber of Commerce

  • Treasurer, Georgia Fund for Technical and Adult Education

  • Trustee, Georgia Fund for Education

  • Chairman, Industry Services (Quick start) Advisory Committee, Georgia Technical and Adult Education Board

  • Member, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education

  • Governor’s appointee, State Health Planning Review Board and the Implementation Committee of the Growth Strategies Commission

  • Treasurer, Georgia Bar Foundation

Dennis Burnette has served on the board of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and served as Chairman of the Chamber’s Finance Committee.


Dennis Burnette is Past Chairman of ADAY for Reinhardt University which provides scholarship funding for Cherokee County students. He is a current member of the ADAY Executive Committee.
Dennis Burnette is a board member of the Cherokee County Historical Society. He is a member of the Canton Development Authority.
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS/OR RECOGNITION
Dennis Burnette is an active member of the Canton Rotary Club. He is a board member of the club and the Canton Rotary Charitable Fund, Inc. He is a Rotary Foundation Bequest Society Member, a Rotary Foundation Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Rotary Foundation Bequest Society Member and a Rotary Foundation Benefactor. Additionally, Dennis is a Georgia Rotary Student Program Endowment Will Watt Fellow.
Dennis is a past recipient of the club’s Avenues of Service Award. He was honored in 2011 as the recipient of the Robert S. Stubbs II Guardian of Ethics Award. Additionally, Dennis is a charter member and past president of the Rotary Club of Jasper.
Dennis is a past trustee of the Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University and was recognized during his service as a most outstanding trustee of the school. He has served as the only banker on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA).
Dennis is a board member of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and serves as a member of the Environment and Land Use Committee. He is a past Governor’s appointee, State Health Planning Review Board and the Implementation Committee of the Growth Strategies Commission.
Dennis Burnette has been recognized as Executive of the Year for his dedication to his profession by the Appalachian Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS


A native a Macon, Georgia, Burnette completed graduate studies at the Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from West Georgia College.
He and his wife, Mary Beth, live on Breeze Hill Court in Canton. They enjoy golf and tennis as members at Canton Golf Club and BridgeMill Athletic Club. They are both certified pork barbecue judges.
Burnette is a guest columnist for the Cherokee Tribune. For years, he wrote a weekly opinion/editorial column on local issues, business and economic development topics for the Pickens County Progress.
Dennis Burnette is a member of the Canton First United Methodist Church in Canton.
Mary Beth and Dennis have six children and thirteen grandchildren.
Dennis Burnette considers the opportunities to provide employment and mentoring as a result of chartering two community banks as his greatest career achievement. He has encouraged employees over the years to further their education and attended their graduation from college. In addition, six of his former officers have become bank presidents; five of which began their banking careers under Dennis Burnette.H


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