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Home News and Info NACAR News December 2013 Message from Joe Connell, President

December 2013 Message from Joe Connell, President

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Advent WreathToday marks the beginning of Advent! It's the start of a new liturgical year and twenty-four days of preparation for the celebratory coming of Jesus—an occasion for peace and renewed hope through the feast of the Nativity of Our Lord on Christmas Day. And so we prepare ourselves for rejoicing.


The board of directors had its fall gathering last month to begin formulating a strategic plan. We agreed NACAR's Mission statement adequately describes our purpose and mission activities. Next was attention given to the question, "what does NACAR want to become as a result of its mission?" In other words, what do we want NACAR to look like at some point in the future? This is what we came up with:

A vibrant, viable organization that collaborates with regional partners to promote association in all its forms.

The statement's words/phrases such as vibrant, viable, collaborates, regional partners and promote association provide excellent substance for planning goals. For starters, we brainstormed these: resolving the need for an executive director; broadening benefits and services; outreach, development, and recruitment of members; promoting relationships among regional associate groups; expanding board and board committee memberships to include regional representation; and exploring fundraising prospects.

However, before we go any further, there is a need to consult with our members, which means starting with you! You need to be a part of the planning process to bring credibility to the vision. What are your thoughts about the vision statement and NACAR's "becoming"? Do you have other goals to suggest? Please let us know. How about doing it now while you are thinking about it? Be sure to login and share your ideas and suggestions with us by adding a comment below.

If you are new (a rookie) to associate leadership, don't neglect to sign up for the upcoming NACAR webinar. It is designed to be a professional development opportunity for new associate leaders. The first of five in the series starts on January 14, 2014. If you are interest, go to the event page for information and registration particulars. Even if you're not a rookie, check it out!

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Last Updated on Saturday, 30 November 2013 03:08  


#4 Carol J. Orf 2013-12-04 19:14
I really appreciate the bi-annual conferences but realize they were pricey for most members. In St. Louis we, as directors, met on a regional basis for some time but the organization faded out because of lack of interest. So I'm not sure the regional structure will work here--but maybe we're at a different place.

Sr. Carol Orf, CPPS
#3 Ellen Swan 2013-12-03 20:34
Consider inviting regional groups to submit concrete (clear, measurable) goals that reflect the overview brainstormed by the Board.
#2 Linda Mary Kuhn 2013-12-03 18:18
I would like to get together with other associate directors on a regional level. I am looking forward to the webinar, sounds wonderful, but would like to get-together once a year to be with other Associate Directors.
#1 Mary Jo Whelan 2013-12-02 16:53
Whenever people discuss NACAR with me, I am always asked, what do I get for my membership?
That question continually needs to be addressed.

Mary Jo Whelan


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