Centre County Chapter Members,
“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawnmower is broken.” – James Dent
Add to that the diminishment of COVID cases, and, life is truly good, moving from the daily challenge of battling isolation to, once again, enjoying the camaraderie of our friends and family.
As I look at the chapter activities planned for the upcoming weeks and months, it is exciting to be getting back into action. Just a few of the upcoming items include participation in the "We not Me" community garden (June 3rd), our annual meeting (June 16th), participation in a yard sale fund-raiser for our Chapter activities (June 19th), re-opened Happy Hours (the May HH drew about 75 participants, the next one is set for June 25th), a cash raffle (kick-off at the June HH), and developing a project to produce "Jared Boxes" to help hospitalized children in our community. In addition, we are going to reach out to roughly 12,000 members of the Alumni Association in Centre County who are not yet members of our chapter and encourage them to join.
Speaking of the upcoming annual meeting, one of the key items of business is the election of new board members and officers to lead the chapter in the upcoming year. My two years as your President will be coming to an end, and there are some reflections I'd like to share.
The many accomplishments of the Chapter would not have been possible without the tireless work of many of our volunteers. There are so many, that it would be impractical to mention all here. However, I would be remiss to not mention a few of the most noteworthy (in random order):
- Kathy Hume, one of our vice-presidents, who has generated countless ideas for projects, and has volunteered to chair many of them.
- Janet Campolongo, our second vice-president who has provided invaluable insights into our history based on many years serving the chapter,
- Mark Campolongo, who continues to serve as our intrepid treasurer, keeping our books in shape, and assuring our fiscal stability,
- Carol Alerich, our secretary who has provided outstanding records of the Board actions,
- Marty Duffy, our past president who is always ready to pitch in to meet any need or organize any activity,
- Mary Lou Dubil, our Membership Records chair who has suffered through changes in computer systems and has kept our records precise and up to date, and
- Dale Hoffman, chair of the Technology, Nominating, Social Media, and Newsletter committees, a past-president who continues to serve in many, many capacities.
It has been an honor and pleasure to serve the chapter, first as a member of the Board of Directors, and as your President. There have been challenges (especially the past 15 months), but the dedicated support of many volunteers has assured that our Chapter has continued to thrive. In fact, we once again are recognized as a "Group of Distinction" at the highest level (Elm) by the Alumni Association and I fully expect that to carry forward into the upcoming year. The slate of candidates for election at the annual meeting is an outstanding one, and I am fully confident that they will continue the level of excellence that you have grown to know as the Centre County Chapter.