President’s message November 2014
Falling leaves, shorter days, and lower temperatures all remind us of the delights of fall. On Sunday, November 2, the clocks “fall back” an hour and, in a sense, we get to redo time. I’ve often thought how wonderful it would be if we could only get a second chance at a period of time. Could our human actions have changed things for the better?
The leaders and members of Hadassah who came before us made many wise decisions and changes, if not “do-overs.” By the end of the year, Hadassah’s National Offices will be packing to move to 40 Wall Street. Our new location will afford us more efficient space, much better technology, and great security. With the continued help of all our donors, most of our operating rooms in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower will be opened, allowing increased benefits to patients and increased revenue to Hadassah Medical Organization. Our first class of the Hadassah Leadership Fellows will have graduated, armed with enthusiasm and deep knowledge to become the future of our beloved Hadassah.
Because I don’t expect to get any do-overs anytime soon, I will concentrate with you on finishing out 2014 as the best Houston Chapter Hadassah year ever. With Thanksgiving right around the corner I feel it is appropriate to thank many people who have helped to make this year successful. There are way too many individual names to list that I would like to thank in this article but let me mention just a few like Robin Dorfman and our weekly volunteers who help manage our office and Glenda Waldman and Debbie Gersh, the editor of this monthly newsletter and bi-weekly Email Blast. Also a big thank you to our chapter treasurer for many years Charlotte Goldberg who puts in so many volunteer hours every week. Also thank you to the rest of our wonderful chapter board and all of our 14 group officers for all you do to make Hadassah as successful as we are. I feel thankful to have so many mentors to guide me including several national Hadassah board members living right here in our area.
We recently enjoyed the 10th annual Women of Courage luncheon honoring Lolly Friedman Miller and Tracy Stein. It was a perfect day in every way – thanks to co-chairs, Eve Lapin and Lisa Stein and to the numerous volunteers who worked tirelessly to make it such a successful event. Also thank you to all who attended and bought items from the silent auction to support our numerous projects which our guest speaker, Marlene Post, a past national president of Hadassah highlighted. I also want to thank our close to 5,000 local members for your support this past year and in our future.
With renewed spirit from the holiday month past and a sense of urgency from the membership and fundraising deadlines of December 31, 2014 to come, Houston has planned some exciting and inviting activities. Many groups will be hosting their installation programs in the coming months. Mark your calendar for Jan. 11, 2015 for our Chapter installation. We have the Major Gift’s event on Dec. 11th where Stewart Greenberg from Florida will share his Hadassah Hospital amazing story with us.
If you are planning your end-of-year giving, please remember that all gifts, no matter the size, are needed to carry on Hadassah’s mission. This year, Hadassah is closing its books on December 15, so gifts must be received and postmarked by that date. If you have any questions please contact your group VP of fundraising or our office. Your gifts of love and time are valued above all. May your pie crusts be crispy and your turkey be cooked to perfection. And take comfort, you will get a redo next year!
So honored and thankful to be your chapter President,