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President's Update - Introducing the 2016-2017 CDS Board

By Chris Marko

 

First of all thank you to all who were involved with planning, conducting, and participating in this year’s Community Development Society (CDS) and International Association for Community Development (IACD) Conference in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA July 24th – 27th, 2016.  We hope you found the event inspiring, valuable, and practical for your future research and practice in community development, and the many aspects of sustaining community change, and sustainable development.  Please keep in touch with people you met, share information, experiences, opportunities, and please continue to participate with CDS.  I would like to welcome our new CDS Board members:  Leanne Avery, State University New York (SUNY) at Oneonta, New York; Kyle Patrick Williams, Chapman University, Orange, California; Michael Fortunato, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; and Wilson Majee, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.  We have a creative and capable group of leaders focused on getting things done.  We invite you to participate with CDS, join Committees, contribute an article, develop a proposal for next year’s conference in Montana!  In particular we are looking for people to participate on CDS Committees. We are currently finalizing our Committees, and Committee leadership, and welcome your interests, ideas, leadership capabilities, and collaboration on behalf of the Society:

Awards and Recognition Committee

Issues eight (8) annual awards for CDS recognizing volunteer efforts for those who assist the society and recognizes outgoing board members for the society.

  • Co-chair: Craig Talmage, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Co-chair: Michael Dougherty, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Communications/Publications Committee

The Communications Committee is responsible for design and development of communication networks among CDS members and entities external to CDS. Committee members oversee content management of the CDS website; anticipate and recommend policy to support communication needs in CDS; prepare and propose an annual budget to the Board of Directors; manage CD Practice, Vanguard, and Community Development; recommend policy regarding the production and distribution of CDS publications; and organize the process of appointing editors, including recommendations to the board.

  • Chair Printed Materials: Abbie Gaffey, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Co-chair Electronic Materials: Cindy Banyai, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Co-chair Website: Steve Jeanetta, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Ex officio members:

– CD Practice Editor: Craig Talmage, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

– Community Development Editor: John Green, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 – Vanguard Editor: Cindy Banyai, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Finance Committee

This important committee reviews and recommends policies and procedures for the CDS Endowment, manages the fund-raising appeals to CDS groups, and seeks financial support from foundations and corporations. The committee is also responsible for monitoring the overall financial health of CDS.

  • Co-chair: Tony Gauvin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·         Co-chair: Steve Jeanetta, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

International Committee

The International Committee develops strong and productive inter-country communication, research, action, and project links among CDS members and broadens international participation of CDS.

  • Co-chair: Jim Cavaye, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·         Co-chair: Gary Goreham, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marketing/Membership Committee

This committee’s responsibilities include developing and implementing a far-reaching innovative plan that will nurture and sustain a viable CDS while adding value to the field and offering opportunities for networking, skill development, and capacity building of organizations, people, and communities.

·         Chair: Dan Kahl, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nominations and Leadership Development

The role of this committee is to foster democratic process within CDS itself by organizing and carrying out the election of officers according to the CDS bylaws, identifying potential candidates for office, and communicating the opportunities for involvement in the leadership of CDS to the membership.

  • Co-Chair:  Kyle Patrick Williams, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Co-Chair:  Craig Talmage, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2016 Program Planning Committee

The role of the Program Planning Committee is to develop the program for the 2017 CDS Annual International Conference to be held in Big Sky, Montana. Keynote speakers and plenary sessions will be determined based on conference theme, available resources, and the Local Host Committee. Concurrent sessions will be selected based on a review of abstracts received in response to the Call for Presentations. The committee will provide support with keynote speakers, presenters, moderators, mobile learning workshops, and sponsors. Mobile learning workshops will be coordinated with the Local Host Committee. Opportunities will be provided for feedback and evaluation of the conference.

  • Chair: Bryan Haines, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Site Selection Committee

Locates potential places for future CDS annual conferences that can provide a peak learning network experience for CD practitioners, scholars, and policy makers.

·         Chair:  Cindy Banyai, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CDS Executive Committee

If you are interested in any committees, have questions, are interested in learning more about CDS, and how to get involved, please feel to contact any one of the CDS Executive Committee members:

Abbie Gaffey, Secretary, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Steve Jeanetta, Treasurer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cindy Banyai, Vice President of Operations, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bryan Haines, Vice President of Programs, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chris Marko, President, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you and look forward to a great year!

 

 

 

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CDS to the Voter’s Box!

By Whitney McIntyre-Miller

CDS is proud to announce that we have secured a slate of very talented and dedicated board and Vice President candidates for election this year.  These candidates are in the process of preparing their platform statements for your consideration which address each candidate’s 1) experience in community development, 2) special, unique talents they will bring to CDS, 3) current and past experiences with CDS or other professional organizations, and 4) vision and ideas for CDS.  We will be preparing the ballots, and voting for the three board members and one Vice President will commence in March.  If you have any questions about the voting process, the candidates, or nominations in general, please contact either Craig Talmage at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Whitney McIntyre Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The following individuals will be standing for the following elected positions:

 VP-           Cindy Banyai
Board-        Leanna Avery
                Jim Cavaye
                Michael Fortunato
                Kurt Mantonya
                Wilson Majee

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CDS Board Elections

The Community Development Society wants you!  Please consider joining the CDS Board of Directors this upcoming year! 

The following positions are up for election:

  *  Vice President of Operations (One position open) : A 3-year term that moves into the roles of Vice President of Programs and President
  *  Board of Directors (Three positions open):  A 3-year term in service to the CDS Board

Nominees for each of these positions can expect to meet (remotely) on a monthly basis to direct the operations of the Society.  Committee leadership roles are typically assigned to each Board member.  The Board typically meets in person twice each year—late November/early December at the site of the upcoming annual conference; and at the annual conference (generally held in July).  There is no compensation provided and the cost of traveling for the two in person meetings is borne by the member (some exceptions have been made for traveling to the mid-year meeting, but attendance at the annual conference is expected).

The operations of the Society are supported by a professional management firm.  A current roster of the Board of Directors and Officers can be found at http://www.comm-dev.org/about-us/board-of-directors.  Please contact any of them to discuss in more detail the responsibilities and rewards of being involved with CDS.

To submit a nomination for any of the positions listed above, contact Craig Talmage at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.<mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> or the CDS Business Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.<mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> or any current Board member.  To be eligible for the ballot, nominees must be current members in good standing.  Please only nominate a peer that has agreed in advance to serve if elected.  Self-nominations are strongly encouraged.

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President's Update - Engaging community development

President's Update - Engaging community development
By Dave Lamie
 
I sometimes struggle trying to find something worthwhile to say in these columns.   Some of you are probably saying “we’ve noticed”.  For now, I will just choose to ignore the nay-sayers and proceed with my usual approach of sharing some rather personal dimension of myself with the hopes that it might strike a similar chord in others.   My justification for being somewhat personal is intentional and grounded in my belief that really good community development is not so much about technical assistance as it is about relationship.  If I am going to be effective at all as a community developer, then I must have some sort of authentic sense of caring about the community’s well-being.  I’m not sure exactly where this empathy originates.  But, many speculate that it’s origins are biological, learned behavior, or even divine in nature.  Perhaps it is all three.  Who’s to definitely say?  What I do think is that it works this way.  I’ve simply got to care if it’s going to work well.  The most satisfaction I’ve ever felt in my work as a community developer has come when I truly cared, and when I was able to effect a positive difference in the object of my caring.   Absent caring, all of the tools, technologies, techniques, and resources our modern world has made available, simply do not generate the same results…definitely in me, perhaps in the community.  
 
Enough preaching…because I am confident that I am preaching to the amazing CDS Choir!  What I’d rather us be better at is actively listening to our membership.   The CDS Board exists for the purpose of better serving you, our members.  We are developing online tools in our website project that should help in this regard.  Be looking for these to roll out in the near future…and ENGAGE!  The annual conference in Lexington is going to be amazing.  Gisele Hamm, Ron Hustedde, Dan Kahl, and others involved in the local host committee are doing a spectacular job of organizing a truly groundbreaking event!  Registration is now open!  So, please register as early as possible and encourage your friends and colleagues to join you!!!  
 
Looking forward, we have Minnesota squarely in our sights for the 2016 conference and it is already beginning to take shape.  We are reviewing proposals for future years and are very much open to exploring ideas for subsequent years.   It is pretty fair to say that the more lead time we have to work on a conference, the more degrees of freedom we have to work with to maximize the experience for all.  
 
Please read the remainder of this newsletter and think of ways that you can deepen your engagement with CDS.  And, hopefully, we will see you in Lexington!
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President's Update - We Need YOU!

President's Update - We Need YOU!

By Dave. Lamie

Your Board of Directors just invested a couple of days in Lexington, Kentucky, carrying out the business of the organization and in a strategic planning activity designed to help us focus on priorities for the coming year and beyond. As we further refine our thinking we fully intend to engage the committees and broader membership in this process. I was very encouraged by how well we all worked together and how passionate each and every member is about the our shared vision and future success of YOUR organization. Stay tuned for more details and then join with us to help make CDS the global lifelong learning partner for CD professionals.

We heard from the Lexington-based Local Host Committee about their plans for the 2015 conference. I will leave those details to the Program Committee and or local hosts to provide. But, I have confidence in saying that "You will not want to miss this one!"

Now is the time to consider how you want to be involved in CDS. Do you want to work with a committee? Do you want to present at conference? Do you want to write an article? Do you want to serve as a reviewer? How about serving as a journal editor!? Do you want to run for office? Do you want to make a financial gift? Or, do you want to participate in some other way? Just let us know and we will help you.

Remember that CDS is a community unto itself and should serve as a bright example of how we hope the communities we serve will function. We will never be perfect in this regard  And one person's perfection is another's hell, but we should always be seeking to improve, to learn from our mistakes, to be inclusive of all voices, and to celebrate our achievements. We cannot pretend to be such an example unless and until we see our membership engaged at many levels, motivated not by guilt or shame, but by a true desire to participate in something bigger than self, something that reciprocates by providing the nourishment necessary to sustain you in your chosen profession of community development.

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