Season’s Greetings!  “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”

The end of the year is a time to rush to the finish – tidy up leftover tasks and to reflect on the past 12 months. The resolution to do better: be more productive, get more organized are promises I make to myself every year. This past year has literally flown by and I find myself still determined to continue my quest.

My 3 goals for starting out the year were to Engage,Collaborate and Focus while keeping in line with our Strategic plans.  Obviously, the impact of the 2017 fire set the stage for our focus and on what our role could be in the rebuild and recovery of our community. The Alliance has been an active participant which has greatly strengthened our visibility and influence.

It’s the holiday time and “These are a few of my favorite things”

There’s been a strong sense of collaboration with the Alliance having a “seat at the table” building partnerships with the many recovery & rebuild efforts; building partnerships and being a trusted resource for information and input.

This year’s GMM programs have been varied and informative and reinforce the value of belonging to the Alliance. We’ve explored cannabis & beer, construction & transportation, education & affordable housing all the while, promoting leadership & advocacy.

Our past president’s came together to share stories, reminisce about our rich history and  about what’s different from the original intent of the Alliance founders over 42 years ago. Their shared knowledge and experience is more than valuable in shaping where we could focus over the coming years.

Our committee chairs who work behind the scenes continue to build more awareness of Alliance activities in the community and are a key link to engaging our members and potential new members, to get involved.

We’re making  real progress with social media and website updates and postings on key issues that impact all of us.

Our officers and board members have been available and committed to staying focused on our overall goals. Our Executive Director has been outstanding in representing all of us by attending vital rebuild meetings, city and county sessions and so much more. Last year, I asked that we be be realistic, flexible and patient.  Did we hit every mark that we wanted to? Even if we didn’t make 100%,  you can still look back at where the Alliance has been and the wide range of topics and issues that we’re involved in, it’s clear we’re a force to be reckoned with.

It’s been a fast paced, incredibly interesting and yes, fun year! The plus for me has been given the honor to serve as President this year and working with all of you. Without you, we wouldn’t be an organization with the far reaching impact that we are.  My wish is for peace, health and a sense of accomplishment. I hope we continue to work together with renewed energy and commitment as we start a new year.

Thank you for all you do, your amazing support to me this year and to our community. 

 “Have yourself a merry little Christmas, and a Happy New Year!”