2011 Annual Report

C.I.D.E.R. Board of Directors

2011 Annual Report

Report of the Board President

Every year brings new challenges and new priorities.   We continue to move forward on several different fronts.   In addition to ensuring that C.I.D.E.R. is maintaining or improving upon its existing level and quality of services, the Board has tried to maintain its focus on 1) the senior housing project, 2) increased community awareness and participation, and 3) board self-evaluation and succession planning.  A strategic planning effort for the next five year period is also underway.  The participation of all board members, their ideas and perspectives, has been and will continue to be important to C.I.D.E.R.’s ability to meet the growing and changing makeup and needs of the community it serves.

In 1988, a small group recognized that some of their Island neighbors needed community support to continue to live independently in their homes.  Each year since, C.I.D.E.R. has increased the number of persons served and maintained or added to the services provided.  As you can see from this Annual Report, our efforts reach broadly.  But the needs of individuals here in our community, known and unknown, are also expansive.  While mindful that there are many needs, it is the task of the Board to remain faithful to the C.I.D.E.R. mission.

This year the Board has continued its goal of increasing its presence and involvement in the community, particularly in the northern lands.  This added focus in the north appears to have been successful in increasing memberships and volunteer activity from that area.

Another board focus, the senior housing project effort, has progressed, but the pace is slow.  We are hopeful that we will be able to recruit more persons interested in this effort and gain greater momentum in the coming year.

For most of this year, 19 of the 21 seats on the Board were filled.  Each community has had at least three of its residents on the Board.  In addition to serving on board committees and volunteering for various events, board members act as C.I.D.E.R. ambassadors on an ongoing basis.  As ambassadors, they bring to the attention of the Board issues and needs that arise in their communities.  Moreover, they provide a source of information to their fellow town’s people regarding the services and opportunities that C.I.D.E.R. provides.  Each board member’s awareness of or ability to find out what is occurring in his or her community is of paramount importance to C.I.D.E.R.’s ability to provide help where help is needed and not try to help where help has already arrived.

All in all, it has been another active and productive year.  I am encouraged.

I am convinced that it is only through our involvement in one fashion or another with organizations like C.I.D.E.R. that we create and sustain a continuing and faithful vision of hope for our future.

A sincere “thanks” to the Board, the Membership, and all of C.I.D.E.R.’s supporters.

Respectfully Submitted,

Rick Whittlesey

Note:  If you wish to see a complete copy of the 2011 Annual Report containing all committee reports, stop by the C.I.D.E.R. Office, 324 US Rt 2, South Hero during normal business hours.