On March 20th we held our fifth Annual Meeting event. Begun in 2010 by our founding Executive Director, Regina Lindsey, the event is primarily designed to report on our programs and activities to our stakeholders and provide some funding for operations. Each year we’ve built upon the momentum and success of the previous event and 2014 was no different. A full report with lots of great photos will be coming in a newsletter but I am pleased to say that we exceeded our previous records for both attendance and revenue.
Judge Emmett’s keynote address was received with great interest by our audience. I appreciated his desire to project into the future and think in new ways about how the government serves residents in Harris County. He spoke on a number of subjects, including the increasing need for better healthcare delivery and transportation systems, and commented about how an organization such as The Coalition that represents a watershed with a current population of more than 1/2 million people and growing can be a force for positive change by advocating to elected officials.
The annual meeting, followed shortly after by our board of director’s annual planning workshop, is a good time to reflect on the state of Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition. From my perspective we continue to be strategic and well-focused on our mission. We are becoming more financially stable and organizationally sound. We extend our reach into the community each year by interacting with residents of the watershed in a variety of ways. We have a strong advocacy program that is inclusive and strategic. Our board is active and engaged. We are reliable partners on projects and programs. My assessment is that much growth is necessary and expected before we reach our full potential but that we are positioned very well to accomplish our goals.
At next week’s board planning session we will be led by Coalition Founder Joe Wozny in a strategic planning exercise to determine how far we have come from the intent of our original founding members and what direction the board will take us in the years to come. I believe we are moving towards that positive force that Judge Emmett described in his remarks. We kicked off an individual giving campaign at our annual meeting because it’s an exciting time be involved with Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition .One of the ways you can do that is by becoming a member. I hope you will find a way to be part of our story.