Kristin Surdej

Fall, one of my favorite seasons is upon us.  Let’s remember to take time to give thanks for those special people in our lives both professional and personal, some you may have even met through the Network.  Let me recap for you some of the activities at the Network this past quarter.

Taste of the Network in July lived up to its reputation as a feature event of the year.  Members, guests and judges alike were impressed with the vast assortment of delicious options.  No one went away hungry.  Be sure to check out pictures in this newsletter from the event.  Congratulations to Megan Pohzehl as the winner of the Jerry Flaschner Humanitarian Spirit Education Award scholarship, we wish her the best in her educational endeavors.

August’s Network with the Network was held at Bristol Village in Clarence and co-hosted by Touching Hearts at Home.  The theme of a Luau Party was perfect for the summer.  Good food, drink and conversation was had by all who attended.  We were entertained by the Ukeladies, they did a superb job.

September’s Network with the Network was held at Centers Health Care in Buffalo and co-hosted by Wheatfield Commons DePaul and Alpine Home Health Care.  The theme was Magical New Beginnings.  Appropriately so, the hosting member all has something new and exciting to share. Centers Health Care announced a name change of their Waterfront facility to Ellicott with a ribbon cutting as part of the evening s events.  The food and desserts were astounding and we were entertained by two impressive magicians and caricature drawings.

Strategic Planning convened with a kick-off session as part of a full board meeting on September 5th.  Dopkins & Company are our facilitators.  At the time of writing this message we have since held a 3-hour session.  The session was filled with good ideas and passionate discussion.  We have four more 2-hour sessions to go.  We are planning for the process to be completed by year end with recommendations brought before the board.

I close by wishing all our members a safe and enjoyable fall/winter season.  I will see you at the Annual Meeting where we will benefit from valuable insight from or speaker Dr. Wil Miller and announce the Dr. Evans Calkins Award for Meritorious Service and the Program Award of Excellence winners.