Sorry that the blog has been kind of quiet lately. There have been a couple of reasons for this. Although we haven't had any official Foundation events to promote, I am happy to report that since our last post we have received some very generous year-end donations. Thank you for helping us keep our mission alive.
Another very exciting announcement is that CJSTUF is hiring its very first paid employee. In assessing our goals and needs, the board determined that the best way to accomplish our aims was to have a part-time Foundation Administrator and Event Coordinator who can help us accomplish this. In a perfect world, it would be great if Roger and I could fill this role but our other professional obligations are keeping us otherwise occupied at the moment. Anyway, we received a LARGE number of applications and have narrowed the field to a few select candidates. We hope to have a decision by the end of the year. We're very excited about this so stay tuned!
Finally, in case you haven't heard through the grapevine, Rachel has started her very own personal blog. She's aiming for it to be an equal mix of social commentary, personal musings, and cultural discoveries. If you want to follow some of her "non-foundation-related" writing, check it out.
We hope everyone is staying warm during what is definitely WINTER weather. If you have a chance to make a snowman, take a picture for us and email it or post it to our Facebook page. Here are some of our favorites from 2009: