Chair's Update
by Cindy Banyai

We are less than a month away from our 50th Anniversary Celebration ( register here  if you haven't done so already). All of our work toward this momentous occasion will be on full display very soon! We have an amazing line up for world class speakers and visits from many of our past presidents and leaders. It will truly be a time to connect our past and future!
It is also a time for us to get our collective work done (business meeting) and celebrate our accomplishments (awards).

We also have several sessions and opportunities for our members to provide feedback on the updates to our bylaws and POG. Be sure to check the schedule and the announcements to join in! We need your input! If you have any thoughts in the meantime, please feel free to share them with me at

As this is my last update and overall my last regular blog and Vanguard submission, I just want to say that it has been an honor and pleasure to serve our organization. We have seen much transition in our organization and our world since I began my service to CDS in 2012 as Vanguard Editor. I have always done my best to help our organization navigate these transitions, even through troubled waters. As I leave the reigns for the incoming leaders, I hope that the waters are calmer and the path is clearer and there is continued success for our organization.

The work that each and every one of you does everyday is vital to the success of the communities we love and our world at large. In fact, as has been said before, community is the way. I want to express my sincere gratitude for the work that you do and the contributions you make to our field and our organization. Thank you for allowing me to serve.