What is the WestStar Alumni Association?

Once a graduate of WestStar, you can remain active by joining the WestStar Alumni Association. It is composed of those graduates who seek to build on relationships among leaders through both their support and involvement in leadership development.

There is a $50 annual membership fee which entitles you to an updated copy of the WestStar Alumni Directory and recognition in WestStar publications of your membership.

With approximately 945 alumni supporting the WestStar mission, they strongly believe WestStar is shaping the future of West Tennessee.

Membership runs from July 1 through June 30.

Alumni Association Membership

WestStar Lifetime Membership

Renew Alumni Assiciation Membership below.
Special Links

Special Links

TN Association of Community Leadership (TACL)

Association of Leadership Programs (ALP)

Leadership Jackson & Leadership University

Leadership Middle Tennessee

Leadership Tennessee

Benton County Chamber

Carroll County Chamber – Leadership Carroll

Chester County Chamber – Leadership Chester

Crockett County Chamber – Leadership Crockett

Decatur County Chamber – Leadership Decatur

Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber – Leadership Dyer

Fayette County Chamber – Leadership Fayette

Greater Gibson County Chamber – Leadership Gibson

Hardeman County Chamber

Hardin County Chamber – Leadership Hardin

Haywood County Chamber – Leadership Haywood

Henderson County Chamber – Leadership Henderson

Lauderdale County Chamber – Leadership Lauderdale

McNairy County Chamber – Leadership McNairy

Oakland Regional Chamber

Obion County Chamber – Leadership Obion

Paris/Henry County Chamber – Leadership Henry

Tipton County Chamber – TOTAL Leadership

Weakley County Chamber – Leadership Weakley

Southwest Tennessee Development District (SWTDD)

Northwest Tennessee Development District (NWTDD)

West Tennessee Industrial Association

Leadership Memphis

Leadership Bartlett

Leadership Collierville

Leadership Germantown

Leadership Millington

Leadership Arlington

Selected Reading

Charley's Top Ten Leadership Books

Recommended Reading List for Leadership Development

The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership by James C. Hunter.

If you are tired of books that lecture instead of teach; if you are searching for ways to improve your leadership skills; if you want to understand the timeless virtues that lead to lasting and meaningful success, then this book is one you cannot afford to miss.

How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life by Tom Rath & Donald O. Clifton. 

How did you feel after your last interaction with another person? Did that person-your spouse, best friend, coworker, or even a stranger -fill your bucket" by making you feel more positive? Or did that person "dip from your bucket," leaving you more negative than before?

Gung Ho!: Turn on the People in Any Organization by: Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles
"Here is an invaluable management tool that outlines foolproof ways to increase productivity by fostering excellent morale in the workplace. It is a must-read for everyone who wants to stay on top in today's ultra-competitive business world."

The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader by John C. Maxwell
"Leaders are always looking for an edge. That often sends many of them looking for the next big thing. But weird leadership approaches and trendy management fads come and go. What remains the same? The qualities of leader!

The Art of War by Sun Tzu
“The Art of War is one of the oldest and most successful books on military strategy in the world. It has been the most famous and influential of China's Seven Military Classics: "for the last two thousand years it remained the most important military treatise in Asia, where even the common people knew it by name." It has had an influence on Eastern military thinking, business tactics, and beyond.”

Who Moved my Cheese? by Spencer Johnson M.D.
The #1 International bestseller with over 21 million books in print! Who Moved My Cheese? is the story of four characters living in a “Maze” who face unexpected change when they discover their “Cheese” is gone.

Legacy Leadership Videos

Cathy Holland, Nashville. Interview by David Glasgow

Al Campbell, Madison County. Interview by Shelby Kee

Blake Anderson, Madison County. Interview by Martin Jelinek

Senator Dolores Gresham, Fayette County. Interview by Suzie Tidwell

Ken Davis, Crockett County. Interview by Cherry Rains

Ramay Winchester, Henry County. Interview by Michelle Atkins

Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy, Shelby County. Interview by Jim Craig

Shelby Kee, Gibson County and Martin Jelinek, Madison County. Interview by Jack Matthis

Charley Deal, WestStar Executive Director. Interview by Scott Dahlstrom

Virginia Grimes, WestStar Program Coordinator. Interview by Scott Dahlstrom

WestStar 2038. Martin Jelinek, Shelby Kee, and Jack Matthis

Anne Banks, Haywood County. Interview by Russ Stoots

Bob Rutledge, Carroll County. Interview by Chris Crider

Bob Smith, WestStar Founding Director. Interview by Bill Seymour

Cheri Childress, Gibson County. Interview by Megan Madden Brock

Mayor David Gordon, Tipton County. Interview by Emily Land

Mayor Franklin Smith, Haywood County. Interview by Bob Hooper

Minnie Boomer, Tipton County. Interview by Ralph Cousar

Randy Rinks, Hardin County. Interview by Randy Rinks

Judy Renshaw, Madison County. Interview by LeeAnn Childress

Phillip Pinion, Obion County Interviewed by Chuck Doss

John Scott, Shelby County Interviewed by: Cary Vaughn

Harvey Livingston, Haywood County Interviewed by: Tim Stokely

James Ross, Madison County Interviewed by: Amy Griffin

Franklin Smith, Haywood County Interviewed by: Andy Helms

Dr. Nick Dunagan, Weakley County Interviewed by: Randy Huffstetler and Joey Mehlhorn

Jim Fitzhugh, Lauderdale County Interviewed by: Greg York

Jeff Griggs, Henderson County Interviewed by: Josh Reed

James Allison, Madison County Interviewed by Pam Nash

Charles Patterson, Chester CountyInterviewed by Jim Garland

June Walker, Fayette County Interviewed by: John Thorpe

Virginia Ann Walker, Fayette County Interviewed by: Alexandra Wardlaw

Betty Shelton, Fayette County Interviewed by: Linda Jones

Dan Paschall, Henry County Interviewed by: Emory Bradley

Ret. Justice Lyle Reid, Haywood County Interviewed by: Sarah Levy

Dr. Gene Gulish, Henry County Interviewed by Lisa Casteel

David Jowers, Henderson County Interviewed by: Melissa Davis-Lindsey

Charles Farmer, Madison County Interviewed by: Frank Wagster

Dr. Karen Bowyer, Dyer County Interviewed by: Margaret Prater

Jim Ayers, Madison County Interviewed by: Dave Bratcher

Becky Fly, Madison County Interviewed by: Kayla Taylor

Marty Sisco, Obion County Interviewed by: Phyllis Rauchle

Larry White, Dyer County Interviewed by: Patrick Williams

Paul Blount, Hardin County Interviewed by: Emery White

J. H. Luckey, Gibson County Interviewed by: Chad Lowery

Mayor Dale Kelley, Carroll County Interviewed by Jill Holland

Don Farmer, Gibson County Interviewed by: Julie Allen Burke

Bo Booth, Gibson County Interviewed by: Tom Witherspoon

Ed Timberlake, Tipton County Interviewed by: Lessie Fisher

Joe Barker, Madison County. Interview by: Teresa Sanders

Eric Bell, Chester County. Interview by: Emily Shelton

Speaker William Berry, Henderson County. Interview by: Michael Harper

Dr. Bruce Blanding, Madison County. Interview by: Darron Billings

Ernest Brooks, Madison County. Interview by: Trey Rabon

Lt. Gen. John Castellow, Crockett County. Interview by: Gary Reasons

Jack Cheshier, McNairy County. Interview by: Russell Ingle

Mike Cox, Obion County. Interviewed by: Leigh Schlager

Vance Dennis, Hardin County. Interviewed by: Kyle Etheridge

Bill Emerson, Crockett County. Interviewed by: Jasper Taylor

Dorothy Goodrum, McNairy County. Interviewed by: Justin Broadway

Andy Hooper, Henry County. Interviewed by: Tony Lawrence

Jeff Huffman, Tipton County. Interviewed by: Tim Sallee

Dan Hughes, Henderson County. Interviewed by: Tim Rogers

Bobby Hysmith, Chester County. Interviewed by: Beth Naylor

Carl & Alice Kirkland, Madison County. Interviewed by: Frank McMeen

Robert Kirkland, Obion County. Interviewed by: Lindsay Frilling

Ben Marks, Benton County. Interviewed by: Jennifer Hayden

Junior Moore, Weakley County. Interviewed by: Jason Brigance

Houston Patrick, Weakley County. Interviewed by: George Daniel

Mary Kate Ridgeway, Henry County. Interviewed by: Mary Hickman

Edgar Shults, Jr. Dyer County. Interviewed by: Gurpal Bindra

Bill Williams, Henry County. Interviewed by: Gary McEntire

Jerry Wilson, Robert Rooks, and Allen King; Haywood County Interviewed by: Sonia Outlaw-Clark, Nancy Cates, and Lisa Carlton