Kristin Surdej

I write this message to the membership as we enter a new year, 2018.

We celebrated Fall in the month of October together in Niagara County with host Lockport Presbyterian Home and co-hosts Accessible Home Solutions, Hearts & Hands, Preventative Diagnostics and R.J. Financial Associates.  The theme was October fallfest with local fall treats, including cider.

Mount Calvary Pine Lawn Cemetery was the host along with co-hosts Dietrich Funeral Home, Laping, Surdej Associates and Sitters On Standby in November for the Network with the Network.  The theme was giving thanks and highlighted our veterans by collecting donations to ship overseas and making cards to distribute at the VA hospital.

Thank you to Juniper Glen for hosting December’s Network with the Network event along with Allegra, Center for Elder Law & Justice and Clear Captions.  The mood was festive with some attendees decked out in ugly holiday sweaters.  The entertainment by Sax Man Slim added to the festivities.  We had the unique opportunity to view the new Alzheimer’s Special Care Center just prior to opening its doors to the first residents.

The Strategic Planning Committee has completed all planned sessions and added one additional session to wrap up some lose ends before the end of the year.  Dopkins & Company had been excellent partners with the Network in this endeavor.  A special thank you to Ralph Jeswald and Sarah Hedges, our facilitators.  A presentation to the full board of the work completed by the Strategic Planning Committee is scheduled for January and the board will likely vote on implementation of suggestions of the Strategic Planning Committee at our March full board meeting.  Once approved we can move forward on implementation.  This is where the board, committee members and you are key.  We will be looking for members, those new and those longstanding to step up and take ownership of the work to carry out the strategic plan over the next three years.  I will share more exciting details with you in the next newsletter.

I look forward to the new year, everything in store for the Network and seeing everyone at the January Social.  Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year!