What a year 2017 has been! I want to start by sending all my love, appreciation and thanks to our cohort of PACC*VISTAs! I have never met a more caring, passionate, driven group. Thank you for all that you do each day, no matter what to make your communities a better place.
Second, I want to recap on what a great year we have had together so far! 2017 brought its fun, hard work, challenges and accomplishments for us all. As a cohort, we were able to come together in Harrisburg, PA with our supervisors for our Fall workshop. We got to experience our first Fall Retreat together at Gretna Glen Retreat Center. We were able to meet in small groups based on our particular region twice. We got to check-in on our Monthly Webinar Series, with special guests on each one. All while staying connected through social media, newsletters, emails and phone calls. We even got to participate in Secret Santa gift exchange! We have attended conferences, attended workshops, developed professionally, and made lasting strides for the capacity and sustainability of our projects.
Looking to 2018, I know this is just the beginning! I cannot wait to see what each VISTA accomplishes by the end of the service term. We look forward to more webinars, regional meet-ups and Retreats in the new year! We are excited to roll-out a new initiative of a Leadership Track within the cohort this month.
As you go into the new year, I encourage you to take the time to reflect on all you have accomplished and how all the little things have built up to where you are today. The challenges have made you stronger and smarter and the accomplishments have motivated and inspired. Remember why you decided to do this and don’t let anything stop you from getting it done!
Let’s make 2018 the best year yet!
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