Dear Atlanta Branch Members and Patrons:
I am in my second year of service as your president. With the invaluable support of our officers, directors, and committee chairs, we have made progress in managing challenges and opportunities presenting themselves to our Branch. We have completed our transition to the LLC form of organization adopted by the national organization, and have recently completed our portion of the audit undertaken by the national organization.
One concern or issue, still to be resolved, is our overall relationship with the ESUUS. The Strategic Plan is still a matter for discussion and implementation. Incidentally, if any members are unfamiliar with the Strategic Plan, please contact me for further information.
We continue to be one of the most active branches in the United States, and our membership is growing. Our newsletter announces and reports on our many programs and functions, so it is unnecessary for me to list them here. There is always a need for members to serve on committees and perform other functions within the branch. If you are available, pleased let me or other officers know. Our new year kicks off with a program on Thursday, September 14. Our national meeting is in Louisville October 28-30, 2017. I plan to attend, and if you would like to serve as a delegate, please let me know.
Although you have been notified separately, I would remind you again that we are still accepting dues for the new year, which began July 1. I know it is easy to let such matters slip over the Summer, so if you have yet to renew, please do so now. As always, seriously consider upgrading your status to Patron. Our Patrons are invaluable to the long-term strength of our branch.
Finally, we have within our membership an impressive variety of backgrounds, interests, and experiences. It has been enriching to me to get to appreciate those members. As you become more active, I trust you will have the same reaction.
Donald Pattillo, President