Welcome to the 2022-23 year for Seeds of Strength. As this year’s President, I am sending out my very first newsletter with terrific news.
In June, the newly formed Board of Directors met for a Strategic Planning review and update: they consolidated last year’s goals into two goals. The first is “to improve financial sustainability
”; and the second is “to recruit and retain current membership to 300+”.
At the 2022 Awards Ceremony I mentioned that my goal for grants funding for the ’22-‘23 year is to reach $230,000. This will take us over $2 million for the total accumulated grants awards since the inception of the program. These are certainly stretch goals, but they are ultimately doable. Let’s DO IT.
Also in June, the new Chair Committee Council met to discuss the operational actions for the above goals. The work has already started, and I am delighted to announce that SOS will host a September luncheon on September 22, 2022 at the Chamber of Commerce. Our keynote speaker for this event is none other than Sherron Watkins. Sherron is one of our members, but she is also a courageous woman, former Vice President of Enron, who was the key informant during the Enron scandal. Please mark your calendars as seating will be limited; stay tuned for more details as they emerge.
As a part of our effort to focus on what we can do to retain and/or recruit members, it became evident that we should ask the members for their input. The last time this was done was some years ago, so we need to update that information. Please be on the lookout for a Member Survey which will be sent to all our members this summer/early fall. I encourage you to respond to the survey.
You are aware that the organic structure of SOS was modified this past year through a revision of the bylaws. Because we are now a mature organization, independent of Chisholm Trail Community Foundation (CTCF), and also a 501c3, we are now also responsible for many of the administrative obligations that heretofore were handled by CTCF. This includes such things as an official office, a formal audit, and perhaps a paid part-time staff member. It is very likely that this will call for an increase in our administrative fee in future years. For right now, we are holding our membership contributions stable. If you haven’t renewed your membership for this year, it would be an excellent decision to get it done now.
For those of you who might enjoy getting more engaged with SOS, think about signing up for a committee. There are 5 of them: Grants, Compliance, Membership, Events, and Communications/Technology. From personal experience, I can say that joining a committee member is a great way to get to know more about the organization and enjoy the connection with other members and our community. Committee work is never obligatory, but it is fun.
…and fun is truly an expectation for the 2022-23 year. Although we are not rid of Covid, there is the hope that it may be under control to the point that we can once again enjoy each other’s company face to face. Here’s hoping to see you soon.
With due credit to an ancient Chinese proverb, here is my motto for this year…” when silent women speak, mountains move.”
Seeds of Strength President