President's Message: December 2016
Dear ABAIE Community,
As 2016 draws to the end, I would like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for being an active part of our journey and for supporting us in every step. It is this time of the year when we look back and reflect on our shared success and best moments. A special thanks and gratitude goes to our sponsors, mainly Wells Fargo Bank and US Bank, as well as Small Business Administration (SBA) and its affiliates, who made everything possible not only this year but year after year. So, thank you all!
As most of you probably know, associations' runs through active participation from memberships and that is how we can ensure continuity and growth. Going forward in 2017 we are committed to bringing more value to you by adding 10 more networking mixers and by engaging you first for our vendor needs. We always need businesses that offer venues for events, catering, photography services, DJ music, print publishing and so on. We want you to be our first choice, that way we can help you grow your business more. Our events are attended by many partnering related organizations, thus it will be a unique and favorable venue to promote your business.
To promote and accommodate more opportunities, the Board of Directors has decided to increase the annual membership fee/due from $50 to $75, effective Jan 1st, 2017. However, if anyone wants to join or renew membership with ABAIE by Dec 31, 2016, we will still honor the old rate.
The holidays are about family, reunion, hope and gratitude for the things in our life. It is important to celebrate the joy in our lives and do something rewarding for others. Without hope there is nothing to fight for. This will help us unite and make us stronger as we move forward to do even better in 2017.
May you be blessed with continued health and prosperity. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!