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Jane's Jottings - Notes from the CDS Board Chair

Family, Community, & CDS Fundamentals

I just returned from two weeks in Ecuador on a hiking/touring trip. Walking each day in the Andean highlands confirmed for me yet again the fundamental touchstones that we all share, no matter where we live: family and community ties.

CDS members share community ties as members of the CDS community. In our 51 years of existence, we carry on traditions begun by our foremothers and forefathers. And we start new traditions, too, as our community re-shapes and changes with each succeeding generation.

These times, however, call upon us to embrace the timeless fundamentals of membership in the CDS community: the mutual responsibility we have to one another to carry out basic and essential tasks necessary for community health & well-being, such as committee service, board service, and volunteering for conference planning and implementation.

The CDS community is not run by someone else for our professional benefit. CDS succeeds – or fails – based purely on what we as its community members give: our time, our energy, our wisdom, our financial resources, and dare I say, our love and commitment.

Please help strengthen our fundamentals. You will get much more back in return, but you have to take the first step -- get involved. Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more. And you can make a quick and easy start on building your CDS community ties by attending the 2020 Annual International Conference in Fargo, North Dakota, USA, this July 12-15. Watch for the registration details soon at

Jane's Jottings - Notes from the CDS Board Chair
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