Seasons of Change
I welcome you to the new 2016-2017 SCMAAF year. I am honored and thrilled to serve the membership as President.
In the midst of the beautiful changes Fall brings to Sonoma County, I am reflecting on the awe-inspiring contributions our organization has made over our 87 years of existence. The Alliance has also undergone seasons of change to keep up with the times, and we are on the cusp of exciting developments in the next 12 months.
Your new board began their duties at our annual retreat in early Sept at my home. We also invited several non-board members as representatives of various subgroups within The Alliance. Consultants lead us through exercises to help us learn more about ourselves and each other. The retreat finished with a collaborative effort to verbalize what we wanted to accomplish in the SCMAAF this year, and establish some exciting goals together.
One of the unique aspects of our organization, and what makes us different from other non-profits, is not just our community work. We are a community within our organization as well - a community of physician families coming together to bond, to support each other, and to make a difference. This perfect and rare combination has inspired my active membership for the last 20 years. I can't wait to tell you more about this year's goals and activities at our annual membership meeting on November 16. I hope you can join us!
One important and time sensitive thing you can do right now is to donate to our Foster Children's Give-a-gift program. The Alliance contributions have made a huge impact for these kids over the years. The annual fundraising depends entirely on the generous contributions from our members and others in the community.
Please renew your membership, join us for our first luncheon and meeting, and get involved!