Leadership Link March 3rd, 2017

Darin Preis

Good Friday Afternoon!

I'm writing this a little early this afternoon because I'm hoping at least some of you are able to take advantage of your "early out" this afternoon. For those of you that have to defer your time to another day, thank you for your flexibility. Thanks to ALL of you for all you do! Sometimes I think this work we do is crazy and I generally think we are under appreciated for the value we add to the communities we serve. All of that aside, I just want to remind you how much I and the Leadership Team appreciate what you do day in and day out. We know how much it is, and how draining, and sometimes frustrating, but I hope that you also get a charge out of making a difference in someone's life and increasing the quality of the communities we live in. Not that I'm competitive or anything but, hands down, the CMCA team is the best in the country. You're awesome!

This week several of us spent time in the State Capitol reminding our legislators that you're awesome and that the problems we're trying to solve won't go away if you ignore them. Overall I was satisfied that we covered a lot of ground, meeting with nearly all of the legislators in our eight counties. I'm not sure we changed anyone's mind about anything but it is important to remind them that we're here and we often get referrals from legislative staff that get calls from people who don't know where to go for help. The more important legislative work actually happens in your community. When you see your legislators at the grocery store or at church, remind them that there are hard working Missourians still struggling to get by and that CMCA is trying to help.

Mernell and Jennifer Klosterman met with the Superintendent of Centralia Public Schools this morning to tell them about the BRIDGE and got a whole lot more. They're revamping their early childhood interventions and he said "it wouldn't make sense to even think about this without Head Start." Many Superintendents get that and we're going to try to make sure that ALL of them in central Missouri get it. It was an exciting meeting and we're looking forward to dreaming a little about the work we can do there.

I hope you have a great weekend!