Community Development Society

News and Information

President's Update - Paddling Along

170505 F ZC102 1442

As summer winds down, I find myself reflecting on the adventures I’ve shared with my family this year — visiting Detroit, camping in Northern Michigan, and all the memories we made together. Spending time with my children and parents also brought back summer memories from years past. One summer, when I was a teenager, my parents took us whitewater rafting. It sounded so exciting and I was certain that we were going to have the adventure of a lifetime, and I suppose we did, except, not the way I anticipated. Rather than facing the rapid together and triumphantly making it through the course as I envisioned, we crumbled. I accidentally knocked my dad out of the boat, we argued, my brother became disengaged, and at one point we weren’t going anywhere because each of us were paddling in opposite directions. We did eventually make it to the end, together and in one piece, but it took us putting aside our squabbles to communicate and collaborate.

As your pilot, I’ve worked with our staff and leadership to land the CDS plane to get us through an enriching and engaging Detroit conference. Now, I’m feeling like we are in a boat on a river, all paddling in different directions. Through this coming year, a year of celebration of our 50 years as an organization, I pledge to continue to work together with our leadership and staff to ensure that we are all paddling in the same direction.

Currently, your board is working to improve policies and procedures through exploring policy based governance. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) The board will also be working to engage members through the committees to keep energy flowing to our organization. Here is an outline of our committees. Please let me know if you want to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. one!

As your President, I will focus on communications and engagement to continue to enrich our organization and to look for places to engage for sustainability through our 50th and beyond. We have been through a lot of changes over the past few years, leaving many of our members looking for more information. I’m hoping to provide that information through a series of short, videos and blogs. Additionally, we will be hosting some townhall-style dialogues for members to answer questions and provide a place for your input on happenings in our organization. Stay tuned for more info!

139 Hits

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!

 

 

 

1334 Hits

2015 CDS Committee Update

2015 CDS Committee Update

The CDS committees provide the leadership and guidance for the society in a number of key areas and offer a great opportunity to become more engaged in CDS. Please look over the list of committees and contact the chair or co-chair for more information on the committee and how you can become involved.

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 the design and development of communication networks among CDS members and with entities external to CDS. Committee members oversee the 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 making 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: Joyce Hoelting, University of Minnesota, 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: John Gulick, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

International Committee

The International Committee develops strong and productive intercountry communication, research, action, and project links among CDS members and assists in broadening the 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.

·   This committee servers to foster membership engagement by facilitating member-led interest groups.  These groups serve to connect members throughout the year through networking, resource and information sharing, and program development.

 

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 also adding value to the field and offering many opportunities for networking, skill development, and capacity building of organizations, people, and communities.

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

·         Co-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.

·         Chair: Whitney McIntyre Miller, 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 build the program for the 2016 CDS Annual International Conference to be held in Bloomington, Minnesota. Keynote speakers and plenary sessions will be determined based on the conference theme, available resources, and in consultation with 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 and follow through with keynote speakers, presenters, moderators, mobile learning workshops, and conference sponsors and dignitaries. Mobile learning workshops will be coordinated with the Local Host Committee. Opportunities will be provided for feedback and evaluation of the conference.

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

2016 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: Katie Ellis, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1830 Hits

New president humbled, asks for your involvement

New president humbled, asks for your involvement
Dear CDS Community,
 
It was great to see so many of you in Dubuque where our local hosts did a superb job of demonstrating the value of collaboration and working across numerous boundaries to help us put on a great conference!  If you were not able to make this year's conference, then definitely make your plans now to attend next year's event in Lexington, Kentucky!  
 
Community Development Society conferences are nearly always a humbling experience for me.  Not because I am particularly shy, but because I often feel that my CD work is so inadequate when compared to all of the great things the CDS membership is doing and how clearly they demonstrate the CDS Principles of Good Practice.   It was right at 25 years ago that I participated in my first CDS conference.  Prior to that time, I knew nothing of the organization, but as a newly-hired Rural Development Extension Specialist, my mentors at Purdue thought it a good idea for me to go along with them to this meeting.  I will always owe them a debt of gratitude for helping me to find this organization and for encouraging me to get involved.
 
Over the past 25 years I have been able to contribute my small part to the body of CD work, and I now realize that for most, if not all, of us, that is sufficient.  In fact, the beauty of CDS is that it is an organization dedicated to acknowledging, celebrating, and nurturing each of our seemingly  insignificant efforts, allowing us to only really sense the significance of our work when we come together, as a community.  For many, this occurs at our annual conference.  For others, it happens when we collaborate on an article for our journal or participate together in committee work.  CDS is an organization for people who appreciate, dare I say "who are at least slightly addicted to", the idea of community.   
 
As we continue to move the organization forward I hope that you will consider ways that you might want to be involved.   There are numerous committees  that would really appreciate your sharing of time and talents.  You will definitely get more out of the experience than you invest.  
 
Gratefully,
 
 
Dave Lamie

 

1542 Hits
Powered by EasyBlog for Joomla!