A Look Inside the Members Meeting: Reflecting on Achievements and Setting New Goals

Jun 6, 2024

On May 15th, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, The Founders Club was abuzz with the energy of engaged members and enthusiastic guests as the annual members meeting of our SCAS unfolded.

This year’s gathering was a testament to the spirit of community and collaboration that defines us, with a significant turnout that included not only our dedicated current members but also guests and former members whose presence added to the richness of the event.

The meeting commenced with a warm welcome, setting the stage for a session of reflection and forward thinking. President Diana Friedman and Treasurer Dennis Ciborowski took to the podium to deliver insightful reports that painted a vivid picture of our current achievements and the strategic path we are charting for the future. Their presentations were not only informative but also inspiring, as they outlined the goals for the next two years, emphasizing our commitment to fostering connections and cultural exchanges through our Sister Cities program.

A highlight of the meeting was the announcement of our ambitious plan to organize two trips each year to different Sister Cities.

The excitement was palpable as details of the upcoming visits to Xiamen, China, and Merida, Mexico were shared, with the promise of next year’s adventures to Perpignan, France, and Dunfermline, Scotland, sparking conversations among the attendees. The vision for these trips is to deepen our understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures, creating lasting bonds between our communities.

President Friedman also shared her initiative to facilitate at least five diverse delegations each year, engaging small interest groups in exchanges that celebrate their passions, from marathon running to the culinary arts. This initiative aims to showcase the talents and interests of our members while building international goodwill and understanding.

The meeting also featured a crucial voting session, where the election of officers for the term running from June 2024 to May 2025 took place. The slate of officers was reelected with great support, leaving only the positions of VP of Sports and Youth and Education open for future candidates passionate about leading these vital areas.

Attendees left the meeting feeling invigorated and eager to contribute to the organization’s initiatives.

For those who could not attend — there are ample opportunities to get involved and make a difference. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Diana at dfriedman@sarasotasistersities.com for more information.

As we reflect on the success of this year’s annual meeting, we are reminded of the power of community and the importance of setting ambitious goals. The future looks bright for the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota, and we are excited to embark on this journey together.

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