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Chair's Update - Springing into our 50th


Spring is a time of renewal, an annual ritual of cleansing and reflecting on where we are and where we want to be after hunkering down all winter. As community developers, we are used to change - facilitating it, crafting it, guiding it with our community partners. It may be fair to say that this is our favorite time of year! It's a brief time to get ourselves refreshed and organized to progress with the year ahead and move closer to another one of our favorite times of year - our annual summer gathering. This year we have even more to look forward - our homecoming and 50th Anniversary!

Please register now for #CommDev19 to snag that early bird discount ahead of the June 10 deadline. There are amazing speakers and exciting mobile learning workshops, as well as an opportunity to be a part of history, our history! 

Other exciting news I want to share with you is about our partnerships. As you may have read previously, our board has been hard at work updating our bylaws and policies. With these changes comes some different roles and focus for the leadership. The President (now Chair) will no longer be as involved in the operations and management of our organization, focusing instead on developing partnerships and initiatives.

In that capacity, I have been connecting with our partners at the International Association for Community Development (IACD) to further the interests of community development as their representative to the United Nations. This is an incredible opportunity to emphasize the importance of community development in the success of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and for our organizations to become recognized for that voice. It is my honor to take on this important work on behalf the field of community development and our organizations.

Maryam and I meeting in the Delegate's Lounge outside the UN General Assembly with my former classmate and now Deputy Counsellor from Laos, Daovy Vongxay

Director Maryam Ahmadian and I traveled to UN Headquarters in New York in March to participate in the High-Level Meeting on Climate and Sustainable Development for All. It was an amazing experience that helped us both learn how to navigate the UN system and how to best use our role as representatives of a non-governmental organization (NGO) with UN consultative status to bring out the importance of community development. If you have any ideas on how we can continue to serve our organization and field through this work, please feel free toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will do my best to think together with you on how to enact your idea. 

Another partnership and initiative that I have been working on is with the brand new new community development professional networking group called Ticco. This organization reached out to us as a convener of community developers to offer an opportunity to work together to continue to connect like-minded professional in our field. They have an interesting and complimentary approach that you can read more about here. They also have a special deal for Community Development Society members the opportunity to apply directly by using code “SpringCDS” through May 15. We are also exploring additional ways to partner to serve new professionals in our field, so stay tuned!

Board Updates

  • Staff Search - board approved report to move forward with search, Justin Fallon-Dollard is no longer formally employed by CDS, but has volunteered his services pro bono until a replacement is hired
  • 2019 Conference - planning going well, fundraising going great
  • 2020 Conference - Proposal submitted by GP-IDEA to host conference in Fargo, ND, accepted
  • Bylaws and POG - still seeking member input, communique sent
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