I don't have a lot to report BUT I did have a few items of note:
Our board meeting was this evening. As usual, it was productive. We have a lot going on and I think the next 3-6 months are going to be very exciting for the foundation. We are very close to launching our application process for families needing financial assistance. We will also be moving forward with some exciting fundraising options in the next few months. Have to put some ducks in a row but the wheels are in motion. [Can I use any more cliches?]
As this was our first official Board meeting since the passage of our Bylaws, we needed to hold elections for officers. Our Executive Committee will be spearheaded this year by John Toscano (Chair/Treasurer), Emily Starrett (Vice Chair), and Meredith Hayes (Secretary). I don't know if we have had an opportunity to recognize the members of our Board here, but I suppose now is a good a time as any. The Board is rounded out by the following members: Kim Thies, Pam Myers, Lauren Coe, Jay Campbell, and Dr. Anna Madland.
Our other major announcement is to present a marketing video that we have created. Once we redesign the website, this will be the introduction to the site. There's a copy of it currently on YouTube but it needs a little refining (for some reason the music cut off at the end). You can view the video in its entirety here in the blog and I will post it on Facebook as well. I would recommend having tissues handy though. I created it and have viewed it SEVERAL times and it still makes me a little weepy every time I see it. I guess that's the point, right? Our emotions inspire us to do great things for the greater good.
The music is a song called Two Thumbs Up by musician Johnny Bregar. We found him and this song quite by accident (Thanks Cara!) and he has graciously given us permission to use the song within the video. Go buy one of his CDs in honor of CJ. Pretty good kid's music if you ask me!
Poor Roger is feeling the harsh effects of seasonal allergies. Here's hoping he feels better soon!