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July 2020 President's Report

 

It’s been a hot summer for sure, and our new board is on fire getting ready for the year ahead - as uncertain as so many things may be! We held our annual strategic planning retreat last Saturday semi-virtually, and it was a very productive day for our group. While there is still so much unknown, we are doing the best we can with the information we have to make decisions that are best for the organization and our members. Some things we DO know:

  • We will continue to host virtual membership meetings for the remainder of the year. The response and attendance has been great, and we hope that this has been at least one small sense of normalcy for our members during these times.
  • Virtual meetings will remain at no cost to members through the end of the year. We are continuing to evaluate what 2021 may look like, but for now we want to provide great content for you, no matter what your budgets may look like now because of COVID.
  • We need you! Our committees have some defined action items that we are ready to get to work on, but there are only so many of us on the board and so many hours between us. Be on the lookout for calls for committee volunteers in the near feature. This is a great time to get more  involved with PRAL if you’ve ever thought about it.


Unfortunately, what we don’t know yet is what will happen with our Red Stick Awards program. We were so excited for this event that was supposed to be in April, and equally excited when we re-scheduled it to October. Because of course things would be back to “normal” by then, right? Ha! Little did we know! While the optimist in me is holding on to hope that we’ll be at a place where we can hold a regular in-person full conference and awards program on October 2, I’m also channeling my inner realist that acknowledges this may not happen. Please know that our board is closely monitoring the data and health recommendations, and we are discussing and weighing our alternate options. We will be in communication when we have anything else to share with you.

You also should expect to receive our annual member survey within the next month. This year it is more important than ever that we understand how we can be an asset to you in your career. That may mean something different in the post-COVID landscape, so be gathering your thoughts of things you want to hear, see, read, etc. We want to know so we can do our best to meet you where you are.

Lastly, just know that I have really, really, really, really, (did I say really?) missed getting to see you all in person over these last 6 months. While I am thrilled the technology is available to allow us to meet and host events virtually, I am a firm believer that those things cannot replace face-to-face interpersonal interaction. I miss being in a room full of people and the energy that can bring. I feel like we’ve done a pretty good job throughout the pandemic of communicating with our members and providing content through social, newsletters and virtual meetings. But please, if there is anything else I can do for you personally or that we as an organization can do for you, let me know. You can always reach us at [email protected] or email me at [email protected]

Have a good rest of your summer! Stay safe!

 

Sincerely,
Caroline Isemann
PRAL-BR President

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