Annual Report (USA, 2002)
This report will focus on the progression and accomplishments of the USA SWYAA since the December 2002 Tokyo Conference.
The conference was an excellent medium for sharing information and ideas among the AA's represented. I was able to see the strengths and weaknesses of our AA, and we have already made great progress.
In our specific case, we have a large group of PY's, more than 100 in all, but spread out over large, expensive distances. Our overall goal as an AA is to keep the alumni in contact with one another and to use this great network to benefit each other, our communities, and the globe. As we stood, we lacked a specific structure for this large task. We were able to handle our duties to IYEO, but it was too much to ask a few people to keep our entire alumni group involved.
Since the conference, we have made great strides. We have established an executive committee consisting of the president and three vice president positions:
President -Terry Cekola, NL, 14th
VP Projects - Dahlia Lahiji, PY, 14th
VP Fellowship (co) - Blanca Kacouris, PY, 1st, and Tim Mosehauer, PY, 15th
VP Communication - Matt Bray, PY, 13th
Four different programs are represented, from the most recent to the very first SWY. We have established an outline of the goals and responsibilities of each branch and are about to undertake a campaign to contact and reenergize our alums through projects and regional reunions. We are already gathering material for our very first newsletter, and plan to update the website.
It's an exciting time for the USA SWYAA and for its members. I hope this momentum will carry us towards our goal of making our group the best it can be.
Tokyo Conference, 2002