The end of any year is always a time of reflection for me. When I think about EVNA when we started last January to where we are now, I am humbled and amazed. We've come a long distance in such a short period of time. A few of our accomplishments -
• We filled 12 board positions and relaunched 4 committees
• Our paid memberships went from roughly 110 to 170 persons
• We grew in attendance at general meetings - now averaging between 50 and 75 people
• Our membership renewals are caught up and are now automated
• We've stabilized our finances and are in the black at year's end
• Our newsletters, agendas and minutes are now stored in the cloud
• We printed 5 newsletters and distributed each to over 1,200 households
• We had our first ever movie night in October
• We participated in the LGBTTQ community's non-profit EXPO
For me, in many ways, 2018 was about revitalizing our commitment to you, our members, and secondly about putting good systems in place to keep our commitment moving forward.
Now that we have a solid infrastructure, I see 2019 as the year we really get to engage as neighbors. This is where it gets fun, because it's about you...
In our January goal setting meeting, I will encourage our membership committee to put in place a program to acknowledge members for their support and contributions over the years. YOU are the most important asset we have, and we want to acknowledge that.
I will also invite our committee heads to put our mission into action by hosting social events, gatherings for community projects, trainings in emergency preparedness, and invitations to share a meal together. Becoming good neighbors to each other is our mission, right?
Lastly, and perhaps most in keeping with our mission, in 2019 I'll see to it that we create a program to intentionally reach out to new residents moving into the area to say welcome and offer a personal invitation to join EVNA in our mission...sort of like the "Welcome Wagon" from my childhood. We need to reach out and shake hands...it matters.
Of course, I will continue to rely on you for your input, your participation and the resources you can commit - if you can volunteer or donate - just give me a ring.
In the meantime, thank you for your support and participation this past year. We couldn't have accomplished all that we did without you.
I am looking forward to all that 2019 will bring - I hope you are too.