When I think of everything that has happened over the course of this year, all I can say to myself is "it's amazing," and at this time of year all I can do is be thankful. We have been blessed to find incredible people to serve on our Board of Directors and to join our Volunteer Corps with energy and enthusiasm. In August, we had a "Volunteer Roundup," a backyard bar-b-que during which we talked about YTIA and plans for the future. We "rounded up" fourteen people who graciously said "count me in," and energetically said they'd be there whenever we called. We lost a couple of Board members (due to personal or professional conflicts) but in October during our Annual Meeting, we gained a couple more who are just as committed to our organization as the ones we lost. But, even those who had to resign have said that they'd still be available to help occasionally (so they're not really "lost" at all). Also, in October, we held another Silent Auction, this time during the "18th Annual Ad Litem Conference," held at the Omni Hotel. We auctioned 26 items, had a great time, and did well. We have been so Blessed.
Mary E. Valdez is one of the co-founders of YTIA, an attorney with an interest in (hopefully) making things a little bit better.