From the President
Thankful! That seems to be the word of the month. With Thanksgiving upon us many of you are getting ready to spend a long weekend with families and take time to reflect on what is important to you. I hope you will slow down and appreciate all that you have. At NAADA we are thankful for many things too – we have a dedicated Board of volunteers, we have members that reach out and network with each other, we serve in the the world of agriculture that feeds and clothes us. Blessings abound!
I’m thankful for the successful NAADA conference we had in June, and I’m thankful for all the planning that is taking place for the NAADA 2020 conference in Michigan! Every conference is unique, and they seem to build on each other, with each one getting better than the last. (Although when one ends, I always think – how can we possibly top this?) The education committee is starting their difficult task of building the education program.
Thankfulness works both ways, and sometimes it involves giving. As we get closer to the end of the year, keep in mind giving to NAADA in the form of our Endowments. These help to support the conference, education, travel awards for volunteers and some of the less structured events around our conference. We can be thankful for gifts both given and received. See the article below on Year End Giving and check out the “Donate” button on the NAADA home page.
There is excitement in the air for NAADA – our next BBS Series webinar is scheduled for Wed. December 4th. The topic is Alumni Relations for All Generations – be sure to visit the NAADA calendar and add this to YOUR calendar. If you can’t make it on the 4th, never fear, there will be a recording available for your listening pleasure at your leisure. We can’t make it any more convenient for you!
Watch for a big announcement coming soon. Plans are underway for a NAADA-hosted destination conference in 2021. Anyone remember DC in 2013 or the Hawaii (2008) conference? Stay tuned for more information coming soon!
Enjoy the cooler fall weather and celebrate with your family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!
NAADA President 2018-2020
2020 Conference Sponsorship Open!
The 2020 sponsorship opportunities have been released. Make plans now for your institution to be represented among the list of sponsoring organizations for the event. Over the past few years this sponsorship program has evolved to increase the value to your organization for supporting this event. See below for full details on the commitment level and return on investment:
In 2019, 18 of our institutional members supported the organization with a sponsorship. Will you join that growing list in 2020?
Become a Sponsor
Beg, Borrow, Steal – Virtual Series
Each first Wednesday of the month one of our Track Representatives will host a virtual BBS session as part of a larger series. We hope you and your institution will find value in these extended educational opportunities.
December 4, 2019
Topic: Alumni Relations for All Generations
Session Description: In this session, we will share ideas on how to effectively engage alumni across multiple age groups, including but not limited to current students, recent graduate, mid-career professionals, and mature alumni.
Who Should Attend: Any NAADA member!
Hosted by: Alumni Track
More information on the monthly BBS Series can be found on the NAADA website here.
Consider NAADA in Your Year-End Giving Plans
Your contributions to NAADA directly impact the NAADA family. 100% of contributions to our endowment funds are used in accordance with the fund agreements. In the past year, endowment funds have been used to:
- Support educational programming at the NAADA Conference.
- Fund the Jane Longley-Cook Volunteer Fellowship Award, used to encourage participation from our valued volunteers by offsetting registration and lodging costs to attend the annual conference.
- Support the NAADA Individual Awards Program, including covering recipient travel costs (when requested) and capturing high quality video of the event.
As a registered 501c3, personal contributions to NAADA can be written-off on your income tax filing and can help lower your taxable income level.
When considering organizations to support at year-end, support NAADA.
Welcome New Members
Susan Bedsworth, Penn State University College of Ag Sciences
Mindy Tape, Michigan State University
Becky McKendry, Michigan State University
Sue Whitaker, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
Aimee Nielson, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
Ben Conner, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
Matthew Smego, Michigan Farm Bureau
Beth Stuever, Michigan State University Extension
Abbey Miller , Michigan State University
Katusha Galitzine, Michigan State University
Jamie Wilson, Michigan State University Extension
Pedro Fernandes da Costa, University of Illinois
Kimberlee Kidwell, University of Illinois
Patrick Gavin, University of Illinois
April Brohawn, University of Maryland
Roxanne Hare, Louisiana State University
Chevon Thorpe, Virginia Tech
Let’s Get Social!
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