The Affiliate Regional Coordinators (RCs) and Affiliate Board met for a Retreat/Meeting from October 18 - 21, 2018 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center. The Contemplative retreat, utilizing Theory-U as a framework for the process (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMJefS7s3lc.) It was a very different way to approach goals and objectives wherein heart learning becomes at least as important (and operative) as what we would normally do in our heads. More will follow in the months ahead on the realized learnings and outcomes. In the end, all present agreed that it was an especially positive and meaningful 4 days together.
This was also a time when Dave Schaffner completed his time as Board Chair. Saturday evening was set aside as a time to express our deep appreciation for all Dave has done for the Affiliate Movement over more than six years as Board member and, in the last few years, Board Chair. Rich Lessard (1st photo - back row - last person on right) was chosen as our new Board Chair. Rich is presently in his second term on the Board and, along with his insight and passion for the Affiliate movement, has already in those years made major contributions.