Club President's Message

A monthly message from the current club president:

May 2020                         

Hi to all:

I hope all of you are well and weathering the COVID-19 crisis as best as is possible – such an unsettling time in our community. For many in our area, this is primarily a major inconvenience but for many others, the health concerns and economic impacts are large.  Our support for important organizations is as needed as ever.

As a group, we were able to purchase $750 worth of gifts cards (Walmart and Sheetz) which are going to Out of the Cold and Centre Safe to help their clients with basic necessities.  Hunger and homelessness are even more of an issue right now and we are helping – please be proud of that.  In addition, the service committee will be distributing additional funds over the next few months to provide additional supports – please be in touch with Liz Keller, Service Comm. Chair, if you have particular recommendations.

We continue to hope that our signature fundraiser, the SICC Golf Classic, will go on as planned in September.  Thanks to the hard work of the selection sub-committee, the Jana Marie Foundation was selected, from among 7 excellent applications from community organizations, to receive some of the proceeds from the tournament as a direct beneficiary and they will provide help for the event with promotion and volunteers.  We are pleased to be working with them!   The projects submitted from the other community organizations be evaluated by the service committee to see if we can provide some funding as all the submissions were certainly worthwhile. Other applications were received from Park Forest Day School, Mid-State Literacy Council, Bridge of Hope, Interfaith Human Services, Out of the Cold and Housing Transitions.

We will evaluate whether a June meeting is possible and will be in touch.  We will also keep you updated on the plan to possibly hold the NAR Conference in late August.  All of this is dependent on what happens over the next few weeks and months.

As we move forward, let’s be sure to stay connected – please reach out and ask for help if you need it – we are our own community and will come through this trying time and get on with the challenges and adventure that lies ahead.  I believe that and hope you do as well.  I thought this was a lovely, appropriate quote:

 

“In the depth of winter, I learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”  Albert Camus

 

Be well

Dee