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Jane's Jottings - Notes from the CDS Board Chair

The CDS Board gathered last week for our first meeting in 2020. I can't believe it's 2020! We continue work on securing the next phase of transition to an organization shepherded by a full-time Executive Director. While we are in pretty good shape financially, we do not yet have the membership numbers and revenue to support a FT position, so we will continue with part-time staff for the foreseeable future.

The Board also set in motion a transition plan to secure new editors for the Community Development journal as the current arrangements end this July. (Big thanks go to John Sipple at Cornell University, USA & Leanne M. Avery at State University of New York at Oneonta, USA, for their long service as our current editors!).

As I look to the last seven months of my service on the board as the CDS chair, and my nearly 33 years as an active CDS member, I reflect on how CDS has always been member-driven and member-supported. It's a blessing and a challenge. We of CDS are a community, too, and depend on one another to find time as member-volunteers to lend a hand and heart in the governance and operations responsibilities for our shared home, whether we are students, teachers, researchers, and/or practitioners. We need more volunteers for service on committees and we need volunteers to run for board seats this year. CDS is truly what WE together make of it. Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to learn more about ways in which you can serve, and grow, with CDS.

One way to give is to attend the CDS annual conference -- and we have seven months almost exactly to our 52nd Annual International Conference, in Fargo, North Dakota, USA (July 12-15, 2020). So I invite you to truly take a moment and save those dates, to join your colleagues in the pretty darn amazing smack dab middle of the North American continent as we explore together, "Global Challenges; Local Resilience"!  See you there!

--Jane Leonard, CDS Chair 2019-2020


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Jane's Jottings - Notes from the CDS Board Chair
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