Since our founding in 1906, FNC has experienced many more changes than have ever been recorded or even remembered. And, one day in the future, this change of leadership we are experiencing now will be a fading memory, eclipsed by a new reality brought on by even more change.
As I adjust to being the new Executive Director at FNC, it is helpful to put it into the larger perspective of a wider history so that I understand, when all is said and done, how inconsequential this moment really is.
For me, it is easy to view this as a monumental change in my own life and career and give myself a pat on the back for surviving this long. But, I prefer to see this as a chance to draw from the wisdom of those before me and those here with me now. I want to experience this in the realm of being one among many, dependent on the talents of those who are here with me.
While I smile and say “thank you” to those who congratulate me and wish me well in this new position – I am most appreciative of the words of support and partnership; of those people who remind me that this isn’t my journey, it is ours.
It has been announced today, monday, May 11th, 2015, that our previous chief operating officer, jerry tapley, will be taking over as the new executive director of the federation of neighborhood centers as diane cornman-levy steps down after eight years with the organization.
The world that existed and necessitated the creation of FNC in 1906 is different now. The challenges of staying true to our mission while trying to also raise the funds to continue to operate are more difficult with each passing year.
In future blog posts, I will talk about our dreams, our goals and will share our outcomes. Today, however, I just want to say thank you to each person on our team, to each partner at our table and to each individual who trusts us enough to participate in one of our programs or to volunteer at one of our sites.
You all are amazing. And, you make me feel so tall.