A special thanks to the San Antonio Chapter and everyone who helped make the 2014 National Convention last month a huge success. Todd Fairbanks, the new National Director/CEO, said “everyone was welcomed with Texas hospitality which was pervasive throughout the week, and the selections of sessions were well attended and our speakers were very informative.” There were more than 100 volunteers from 29 chapters gathered to celebrate our success over the past year and share ideas to help in the future. The amount of chapter representation at the Convention was a record!!!
Following are a few highlights from the Board of Directors meeting:
- The election of Virginia Avery to a three-year term as National Vice President. Virginia is a 24-year Dream Factory volunteer who has held every position in the York-Maine Chapter. She just completed a year as Chapter Representative and was a member of the Executive Search Committee.
- The election of Andrew Fruits to a three-year term as Chapter Representative to the Executive Committee. Andrew has served as the Chapter Representative for the Central Missouri Chapter and is a full-time student at the University of Missouri.
- The announcement that for the third consecutive year, The Dream Factory received a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator.
- The ratification of the Executive Search Committee recommendation of Todd Fairbanks as the new National Director/CEO, replacing Anne Bunger, who retired on October 1.
Awards were also presented to the following:
· Service Pins
v 10 years Gayla Lane, Dyersburg
v 5 years Danielle Williams, Dyersburg
v 5 years Sharon Waisner, Memphis
v 5 years Allison Clary, North Carolina
v 5 years Jamie Clark, San Antonio
v 5 years Paul Hunnicutt, San Antonio
v 5 years Mary Jo Riley, San Antonio
· Team Spirit Award
Because of their quick response and willingness to help National Headquarters with maintaining a relationship with a national sponsor in Millennium Hotels, Anne chose the York-Maine, Brooklyn and Central Illinois chapters to receive this year’s Team Spirit Award.
· Outstanding Fundraising Event Under $10,000
The Dream Factory of Portland-Maine for the “Kids Helping Kids” concept. The concept is behind starting Dream Factory Clubs in three local Portland schools.
· Outstanding Fundraising Event Over $10,000
The Dream Factory of Lexington for their 26th Annual “Sweet Dreams” Gala which was their largest gala to date with net revenue of almost $91,000!
· Most Unusual Dream
The Dream Factory of Jersey Shore for granting Tara’s dream was to meet the cast of the Walking Dead and the unique and inventing way of letting her know her dream was granted.
• Best In-Kind Dream
The Dream Factory of Portland-Maine, for granting James’s Dream to PAY IT FORWARD by inviting 30 of his classmates to go to a local amusement/waterpark for a day. The Chapter was able to get the complete dream donated, including transportation, admission and a pizza lunch.
• Outstanding Special Project
The Dream Factory of North Carolina for their partnership with a local organization called “Free to be Me” and other nonprofits that work with children who are seriously ill.
The Stephan Douglas Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Bonnie Silvey from the Audrain County Chapter. Bonnie has 26 years of service and is a founding member of her chapter. She has held every board position and has been the trip coordinator for the chapter for nine years. Bonnie goes above and beyond for the kids making sure each family has a notebook with pictures of places of interest they may want to visit while on vacation, information on restaurants, ticket information, maps and contact numbers. Congratulation Bonnie!!
The President’s Award was presented to Anne Bunger, retired CEO/National Director, for her many years of dedication and leadership to the Dream Factory. She will be missed by all!!!