A New Year’s Letter from our President
Looking back on 2016, I want to give my sincere thanks to all our volunteer Board members: Gar Byrum, Bonnie Finn, Victoria Hays, Divya Khanna Dalal, Nalini Lasiewicz, Jerry Reynolds and Bud Slotky, as well as to Celina Lew who has served as a trusted special advisor to the board.
These fine people showed exacting feedback on issues that were not always easy to solve. It was their direction that led us through this very tumultuous Election Year, throughout which they gave their time and effort both at Board Meetings and the Members meetings.
These very special people made our club what it is today. I thank them all and I am grateful that they are all continuing to serve for the 2017 Board, except for Divya who we must congratulate on her (and Rajiv’s) new beautiful baby son.
Taking Divya’s job as Vice President for the new year is Kevin Gallivan, and we all welcome back a former Board member, Joanne McBirney, who has returned to serve as Member Meeting Secretary. Both these brave soldiers have been executing their positions several months before this year began.
I Thank You All.
Our membership has dramatically increased for the new year. With our present members and now our new members, this infusion of new and old will give us the strength of knowledge and talent that will make us a special force to do what needs to be done, for our region, our State and for our Country.
I wish to thank also some very special individuals who have served us so well, generously hosting meetings and party gatherings, including Celina Lew & Edward Castro, Maria Guinta, Marvin Inouye & Dona Mitoma, Rajiv Dalal & Divya Khanna Dalal, Bud & Lyn Slotky, Anthony & Ellen Portantino, Marty & Jane Chetron, and to Greta Pruitt who secured the meeting space at the Lanterman House in La Canada Flintridge, with special thanks to their Executive Director, Melissa Patton.
Happy New Year and I look forward to continuing our great work together in 2017.
President, Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club