DATE OF MEETING: November 20, 2017
BOARD MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: Becky B, Marissa C, Julia C, Justin D, Prarthana K, Lauren T, Alyssa Y
STAFF MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: Nick C, Rachel H, Connor L
ABSENT: Katherine H, Aubrey R, Kristen W
SPECIAL GUEST: Elizabeth H (Community & Culture committee member)
In August our incoming and outgoing Board of Directors* gathered with FeelGood’s staff for a board retreat leading up to the 2017 Big Cheese. Since our team is largely remote, this in-person time has felt important in getting to know each other, building relationships, transitioning work, grounding ourselves in our strategic priorities, and developing our action plans.
In an effort to share some of the experience with the rest of our movement, this blog contains the following:
- Our strategic priorities
- Our metrics and goals
- Our action plans
- Programmatic shifts
I’m thrilled to share with you that FeelGood is formally launching its search for an Executive Director!
Just over a year ago we first shared that FeelGood had begun the process of succession planning. Since then, we have continued our focus on building relationships and developing leadership capacity throughout our movement. Our board of directors and subsequent committees – comprised of students and alumni of the FeelGood movement – continues to partner closely with staff to further the reach of our program. With each month, there’s a stronger shared holding of our movement’s vision, direction, and priorities. With this, our decisions and processes are informed by the collective insight and wisdom of the whole – that means everything from care packages to chapters to our newly revised bylaws!
We are beyond thrilled to welcome even more empowered youth leaders to a team that holds the responsibility of making the FeelGood movement function, grow, and continue to foster a world that works for all life.
Below you will find the roster of students and alumni who are joining forces with the FeelGood Board of Directors as committee members for the 2017-2018 term. These committee members use their experience as current and past students in the FeelGood movement to share ideas, create fun and interesting content, and make the movement a more inclusive and collaborative environment.
By Aubrey Redd, Big Cheese Content Manager, Program Development Chair, and President of West Chester FeelGood
Earlier this month, FeelGood hosted the Big Cheese Summer Institute in Bryn Athyn, PA. Students traveled from all corners of North America, including Canada, to represent 18 of the incredible chapters in the movement. The students, the core of the movement, were not the only people present at the Big Cheese. They were joined by the Changemaker Ignitors, FeelGood staff, the (student-led) Big Cheese Planning Committee and partner organization representatives.
A reflection by Rachel Hemmerstein, Acting Executive Director of FeelGood, in the wake of recent events in Charlottesville.
Events like the terrorism that occurred in Charlottesville call into question all we know and all we hold dear. They should – because they’re terrifying. They show us the worst part of being a human, and they leave us feeling many things – shell shocked, angry, in despair. They leave me wanting to dismiss the people involved as inhuman, as cruel, as evil. But…it also feels like that’s the easy way out.