There is a fresh vibrancy in the Society that is quite visceral. I am buoyed by emails and calls from members involved in committees and on the board who raise new questions and express a willingness to do volunteer work.
I am grateful for the nominees for CDS Board of Directors and officer positions. CDS elections will take place in May. All members are encouraged to vote.
I celebrate the call for proposals for our July 17-21, 2022, CDS Virtual Conference that will focus on The Future of the Community Development: the Field and the Society. Proposals are due on April 30th. I hope you will consider submitting your case studies, research, theoretical frameworks and diverse practices for this important venue. Our conference is one of my annual highlights because I’m inspired by the quality of the presentations and the camaraderie.
CDS has hired an interim administrator to carry out day-to-day operations and project-based work involving communications, programs, and virtual office set-up. We have also hired a web designer to build a new and improved website. More details are available for members in the member’s only section of our website. There will be a fund-raising drive in May to support these efforts.
Eric Trevan, the CDS Executive Leadership Fellow, concluded his two year contract on March 31. I wish him well in his role as an educator at California State University at San Marcos.
Chair, CDS Board of Directors
Professor, University of Kentucky Community & Leadership Development Dept.