At last week’s Annual Governing Board meeting, the Board affirmed the staff’s first-tier Centennial projects, saying, “Go for it!” As if that weren’t exciting enough — by the time the meeting concluded, individual Board members had demonstrated their support by committing $42,000 in gifts and pledges for the Centennial.
Both Board and staff spoke passionately of our determination that the multi-year celebration be meaningful, useful, and compelling to individuals and communities across North America. How can the Centennial Tour build connections and strengthen communities? How can the Centennial website bring your voices, your history, your photos, your video, audio, and art IN; and how can we joyfully, widely, and effectively broadcast your news OUT?
My favorite moment was when Mary Wesley suddenly said, “Centennial Passports!” Everyone started talking at once: “You get your passport stamped at every Centennial event you attend!” “The person with the most stamps gets a PRIZE!” “Different stamps for different kinds of events!” “Morris stamps!” “Conference stamps!” “Moneymusk Moment stamps!” “It’s like a passport to joy!”
Several Board members shared with me that the “Where do you see yourself?” sign I had posted on the wall really helped them in their decision to pledge. So I’m sharing a version of it here with you. Soon, we’ll be coming to you asking you to support the campaign for the Next 100 Years. So be thinking: where do you see yourself?