The Birthplace of Apra

By Kristen Barlow: Happy New Year!

09 Jan 2018 8:49 AM | Anonymous

submitted by past president, Kristen Barlow

In 2018 Apra Minnesota welcomes a new board president, Jo Theodosopoulos, and 3 new board members Christen, Aimee, and Alisa.

The board is also saying good-bye to Deb Dressely, who has worked hard as the Director of Membership for the last 4 years and has managed the mentorship program.

I’m so glad I had the chance to meet many of you, the generous members of Apra. Thank you for your input, your attendance at conferences, your willingness to step in and help and your dedication to the craft of fundraising. The last 4 years flew by and I am a little sad to be saying goodbye to the board but, I look forward to watching what you all accomplish!

Everything I have learned over the years through Apra’s countless educational opportunities has been so valuable and will help me become a more well-rounded fundraiser as I move to the next chapter of my career as a gift officer. (I can’t lie, though. I’m really looking forward to not tracking anyone else’s portfolio activity, just my own!)

Thank you, Rika, Deb, Jo, Joe G., Kristen C., Darren, Renee, Jerica, past board members and the membership for an unforgettable experience! I wish you all had the opportunity to have something similar to look back on.

But, wait! …You DO!

Engaged members keep a membership organization healthy and thriving. So, keep it up and throw your name in next time there’s a board election, or put together a presentation, host a conversation/skill swap, or email a board member and ask them about other opportunities to help out. You rock!

Apra Minnesota is #1!

See ya around.

Kristen Barlow

Apra-MN Past President

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