Ahh, 2018. YWCA VT and Camp Hochelaga are now entering our 99
th year and the plans for future celebrations are in full swing. There is a dynamic 100
th Birthday committee, replete with hopes of many new members. There are subcommittees galore and you are welcome to join in person or by conference call from wherever you might be. The ideas and plans are overflowing with excitement and it seems with each step taken something fortuitous is found around the next corner to make dreams come true. (Are you excited yet?!)
We ended 2017 with our last Annual Meeting of the YWCA VT as members voted to move our organization to a board-driven as opposed to member-driven agency. This brings us to the 21
st century to the best practice of nonprofit organizations and in line with the direction that YWCAs across the country are moving. This in no way means that we need those who were members less—YWCA VT functions almost entirely with the generosity (both in donation and in time and effort) of our supporters. We would not survive without them—and look forward to increasing their number as we approach our 100
Our new board is 13 leaders strong, with four new directors full of enthusiasm, professionalism, and fresh eyes and ideas. I feel confident in saying that the YWCA VT and Camp Hochelaga has never been stronger and as our five year strategic plan enters year 2, I only see growing strength—financial, programming, and community partnerships—to come. Happy new year!