Last Tuesday was Jewish Family Service’s 94th Annual Meeting and my first as CEO. Since arriving in San Diego, I’ve received a warm welcome, both personally and professionally—from “where to go to get a haircut” to the “best place for cheap breakfasts”, I have been guided and felt cared for. In fact, between lunch meetings and dinner get-togethers with Board members and donors, I have been well fed! And I am beginning to be well informed.
Since I began here, I have been wowed by JFS’s reputation. We enjoy tremendous confidence and respect in our community. I have also been inspired by the work we do. There is a long tradition at JFS—a long history of innovation and vital programming. To stay a premiere organization we can never fall into being satisfied—we must be proactive to retain the high level of service that we demand of ourselves.
I’d also like to congratulate two individuals who were recognized for their dedication to JFS at the Annual Meeting. Loretta H. Adams, who was installed as the Executive Secretary of the Board of the Directors, was also awarded the Charles Zibbell Board Leadership Award, which is presented annually to a member of the JFS Board who has displayed extreme dedication and a passion for the agency in a leadership position. Michael Stern, JFS Director of Marketing, was awarded the Henrietta Rubenstein Staff Development Award, which is given to a staff member who demonstrates excellence, initiative, professionalism, and leadership.
I want to thank our Board for their countless hours of thinking, dreaming, worrying, planning, and meeting, which has made JFS the leading organization it is today. I look forward to many more annual meetings where we have tremendous success to report.