Community Connections: Discover Opportunities
CONNECT2019 in Las Vegas September 4-7!

Croupiers – the session information just keeps coming! It’s a lot – and great stuff – so please share this with your membership so that everyone is poised to strike it rich when registering for CONNECT2019. Here we go! 

This week we look at learning track: Community Connections: Discover Opportunities: 
Expand Operation School Bell with Community Connections: Happy Feet, Happy Kids with Mary Kenney
  • Mary, a member of the Albuquerque chapter, will explain her chapter’s partnership with a local network television affiliate, how this innovative approach has enabled them to provide services to thousands more children in need, and the positive impact they have made.

Build Relationships Within and Beyond Your Chapter to Attract and Retain Members with Cheryl Moeller and Jill Housky
  • Cheryl and Jill, members of Assistance League of Irvine, will address ways to keep your members engaged in ways that meet their needs and leverages their skills, as well as look at community-based opportunities for support.

Nonprofit Trends and Best Practices with Jean Block
  • A nationally recognized consultant, trainer and author on nonprofit management, board development and fundraising, Jean will review the six emerging trends and issues facing nonprofits. She will explore suggestions and ideas with you on how to address these challenges for continued success. 

Applying Thinking Big and Being Bold to Transform the Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri with Joy Wheeler
  • CEO of these Girl Scouts, Joy will share how she revitalized her Girl Scouts Council and strengthened the organization by applying business best practices in a nonprofit setting. She will share real life examples of how she overcame challenges similar to those faced by Assistance League chapters. 

Growth in the Area of Philanthropic Programs
  • This panel discussion, moderated by VP Philanthropic Programs Barbara Glick, gets to the heart of who we are and what we do. You will learn about new ventures in our Georgetown Area, Diablo Valley, Sacramento and Las Vegas chapters. 

Looking In to Reach Out with Dr. Kelly Rawlings
  • This associate professor at the University of Southern California will help you identify innovative approaches to strengthen your governance, strategic planning, decision-making and public engagement skills. Dr. Rawlings designs, develops and teaches courses on public and nonprofit leadership and management, philanthropy and strategic planning.

Grant Writing: Step-by-Step Practices for Writing Powerful Grant Proposals with Tamela Spicer
  • Join other grant seekers to develop your skills. Tamela will lead you through the step-by-step process of writing a grant, as well as supply tips on language, how to prospect foundations, and managing relationships. 

Understanding the Fundraising Landscape to Advance Your Fund Development Strategy with Tamela Spicer
  • This energizing session will examine the changing landscape of giving and guide you in exploring new avenues.

Explore Community Opportunities to Develop New Philanthropic Programs with Dorkas Shaktman and Cordell Thomas
  • Dorkas and Cordell will take you outside your comfort zone as they explain the development of Operation SHADES (For a Future So Bright, You Gotta Wear SHADES), and how it has evolved using a multitude of community resources to address needs in local high schools. Dorcas has chaired this program for five years and Cordell, Chief Empact Officer for United Way of the Inland Valleys, collaborated with the team in its development.

Using Your Network to Connect with Your Community with Maryann Edwards 
  • A long-time resident of Temecula, CA, Maryann will capitalize on her vast experiences in public service at the local, county, state and federal levels and her membership in Assistance League for more than 25 years. She earned her master’s degree in governance and was recognized by the California School Boards Association for her outstanding advocacy for children and education. 
We are just getting started – three more learning tracks of exciting sessions will be coming your way. If this conference has fixed odds, they are that our members will come away from CONNECT2019 enlightened and ready to Think Big and Act Bold!

Also, remember Croupiers, there are weekly posts about CONNECT2019 on our National Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. The national organization will be sharing CONNECT2019 news every week on social media. If you have photos from your promotional efforts, please share them with us and we will get them posted on our social media sites! And reposting is an easy way for you to bring the message to all your members.
See you in September!  

Your Pit Bosses,
Jane Rosinski and Kathy Youngman

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