Leadership Asheville Forum (LAF) is composed of over 180 members from Asheville and immediate surrounding communities. The common bond among the members is a desire to stay aware of the critical issues facing the Asheville-Buncombe community and to become engaged in finding solutions to these issues. In addition, members and guests at LAF sponsored luncheons and forums are treated to firsthand knowledge from government, academic and business leaders about “what is happening” in the area.

Great camaraderie, encouraged through the networking opportunities at the Critical Issues Luncheons and Evening Forums, exists among the members, community leaders and guests at those events.

An annual holiday party to celebrate our members and a spring social, which is also the annual membership meeting, are very special events which are always lots of fun. These two social events allow members to get to know each other better and to participate in important Leadership Asheville Forum community outreach efforts.

The annual holiday party in December is held for members only and their guests, with no cost to the members. It is a time in which the organization reaches out to help MANNA Food Bank by asking members to bring an offering of food for that charity. The spring social celebrates the end of the membership year. There is an annual election of the Board members for the coming year, as proposed by the sitting LAF Board. This is a great opportunity to meet the new Board members and to generate enthusiasm for the coming year. A special attraction at that meeting is the presentation of the Circle of Excellence Award to an outstanding leader of the community.

Members are offered a healthy discount for the cost of the luncheons.  Members are encouraged to bring guests to the luncheons and evening forums.

Due to increased costs, members may no longer bring a non-member guest to the luncheon at no charge.  However, members may still bring one non-member guest per year at the member rate of $20.

The membership fee is used toward covering expenses of the Leadership Asheville Forum. We hope that you will consider becoming a member this year!

Click HERE for a printable Membership Application form. The form may be filled out and returned by mail to the Membership Chairman at the address on the form or brought to a LAF event to be given to persons doing registration for the event.

For information contact Membership Chairman, Darrell Strong