It has been a busy few weeks at ACCSES. We have enjoyed having an opportunity to spend time with many of our members and soon-to-become-members at their autumn conferences and retreats. Last week, Kate McSweeny presented at the Ability Network Delaware annual conference, where she spoke on a variety of issues including the recently announced DOJ Integration Mandate and the meaning of community. The previous week, Terry Farmer and Kate McSweeny visited with the leaders of Misericordia in Chicago, toured the impressive campus, and had a terrific lunch on the grounds at Greenhouse Inn Restaurant, http://www.misericordia.com/shops/greenhouse_inn.aspx. Later that day, Kate took a bus to Madison, Wisconsin to meet up with Rehabilitation for Wisconsin CEO, Linc Burr. Together, they visited CRPs in Wisconsin, ending the day attending and addressing an A-Team meeting with new ACCSES member, Opportunities, Inc.
This week, RFWiA held a series of meetings, and as a result, we won’t be producing a traditional member update.
I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who participated in our two-day retreat. The time we spent was productive, motivating, and worthwhile.
I would also like to thank our guest speakers Steve McCarthy, Jenny Felty, Bob Pedersen, and Pam Ross. They took turns sharing with the group and answering one-on-one questions about their innovative approaches to transforming their organizations. We learned about:
In the evening, we were joined by Dan Drury, the President of RSA, along with Kathy Klika, the immediate-past President. We spent several hours discussing the potential RFWiA / RSA merger.
We celebrated the hopes and addressed the fears that people shared with RFW through a survey. While we don’t have all the answers, we were inspired to move forward after a unanimous vote of the members present to continue on our journey.
On day two, our appreciative-inquiry exercise looked at what RFW has done best over the years and was followed by a visioning exercise that drew a picture of how RFWiA might look for the future. The information gleaned from our work will now go to the strategic planning committee where, along with RFW staff, they will form the 2017 strategic plan.
I hope you will join us on December 14, 2016 for our final meetings of the year and holiday party.