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A Word From the Chair - December 2015

Lapole LAs this is being written, I am at my church helping to prepare meals for 140 families in our community for Thanksgiving.  It is a reminder that in ACGA and each of our institutions we have a great deal for which to be thankful.

A few weeks ago I experienced a heart attack and in addition to the doctors, nurses, attendants and staff, I came away very thankful for the DONORS who had voluntarily given of their wealth to create, staff and certify a new heart wing on the hospital just two miles from my home.  Without their sacrifice, I am told that I would probably not be writing this article.

At ACGA we are especially thankful for our SPONSORS, the institutions and individuals who voluntarily stand with us as we carry out the mission of ACGA.  Their financial and volunteer support are crucial to carrying out the mission of ACGA.

We are thankful for VENDORS who support the not- for-profit institutions across the country with quality products and services that contribute to successful mission development.  They are all quality people that have the best interests of their clients’ missions in mind as they conduct their business.  We are also thankful that so many of them support ACGA in many meaningful ways.

The ACGA Board of Directors is extremely thankful for our STAFF at The Association Group.  They carry out the day to day details of meeting and conference planning, financial record keeping and primary sponsorship relationships.  Without their day to day involvement in ACGA we could simply not function.

As Chair of the Board, words seem inadequate to express my personal “Thank You” to the VOLUNTEER Board members, present and former, who give of their time, talent and treasure to make ACGA a viable institution in the charitable community.  In continuous operation since 1927, the American Council on Gift Annuities (formerly the Committee on Gift Annuities) has been a totally volunteer organization.  It is truly a commitment of voluntary giving on the part of so many.

Now what about you?  Who and what are you thankful for: STAFF, VOLUNTEERS, FAMILY, DONORS, YOUR LEADERSHIP?   I am aware that as you read this, if you have gotten this far, Thanksgiving Day is a couple of weeks in the past.  It is never too late to say “thank you.”  So surprise someone today!!

BTW:  We look forward to seeing you all in St. Louis on April 6-8.  It is going to be a fabulous meeting because of all the folks I mentioned above.  Don’t miss a great time. Registration is now open!!