Happy New Year to all of you. As the incoming Chair for the San Antonio Council for International Visitors, I am honored in the trust placed in me to lead this organization. I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Betsy Cameron for her leadership for the past three years. I want to also thank those Board Members who retired this past year for their long standing dedication to SACIV. They will remain a part of this organization in the Emeritus role. We value their contributions and look forward to their future advice and counsel. A special thanks to our founder, Irma Reyes, whose unconditional support through the years has kept this organization going. I look forward to meeting and interacting with our membership to ensure continuity and a complete understanding of our direction.
I want to welcome our incoming Board Members and look forward to working with all of you to continue to expand the reach of this great organization. We have prepared our 2019 budget for the Board to review at our next meeting and I am happy to say that we are in a good financial position.
Some of our goals for the coming year are to diversify and add to our membership, especially for the home hospitality program which is so critical in our mission. We all need to work on bringing more people into the membership program and to increase our corporate membership support. I would also like to see our organization get more media attention for the important work that is being done.
Several Board Members and staff are travelling soon to Washington, DC for the Global Ties US “National Meeting” and I look forward to hearing about their experiences at our next meeting.
There is much to do and I am excited about our future and working with our Board, staff, and membership to move us forward in 2019 and into the future.
Best wishes for 2019,
Jo Ann Andera