From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With Gratitude 6/28/24

By Shelley Hubal

The Federation is blessed to have so many dedicated people who do everything from attending board meetings to chairing committees to making Campaign calls. Each volunteer brings something special to the community and I am so very grateful to work with compassionate people. 

As the board year comes to an end, I want to express my gratitude to the Executive Committee members and board members who have stepped up.

First and foremost, I want to thank Suzanne Holwitt, Federation president, for her hard work and dedication. She makes sure the Federation remains compassionate and strong. Despite her many obligations throughout the community, she never fails to show up. Whether it is a Beth David Shabbat luncheon, a Reporter committee meeting, chairing the Temple Concord Ritual Committee, a shiva call – you name it, she is there. On a personal note, I am so grateful to have her as my beloved work partner and for always supporting me. 

A special thank you to Lee Schechter, who is always available to help. Whether it is signing a check or keeping an eye on our finances, Lee pitches in and brightens our day in the office with his sense of humor.

The Federation would not have an annual fund-raising Campaign without Marilyn Bell. She works hard, never hesitates to make a solicitation and is a wonderful partner, friend and Executive Committee member. I am grateful for Marilyn and all she does. 

Thank you, Mark Walker, for your well-informed input in our meetings. I am grateful for all your time and support, and recognize that you have been dedicated to this community for decades.

Thank you to Howard Warner for your wise counsel, patience and support. Howard is a dear friend and an asset to this community who is always willing to step up.

Eileen Miller has been the Federation secretary for years. I want to thank her for her diligence and friendship. 
Thank you to Dennis Foreman for your important tech support and warm friendship. I am so grateful that we can always count on you.

Thank you, Jeff Shapiro, for your many years of service, advice and friendship.
For years, Rita Bleier has lovingly chaired the Jewish Family Service Committee. She is a compassionate and talented woman, and I am grateful for her help and friendship.

Nancy Dorfman is a wiz with finances and is very generous with her time. I want to thank her for making Federation better and for her hard work with the needs assessment last summer. 

Thank you, Steve Malkin, for working so hard to build a culture of safety for our community. Your many hours of work are truly making a difference.

A quick shout out to Tara Kaminsky, Rose Shapiro and Benny Kellman for bringing energy and enthusiasm to the board. You are the future of the community, and I hope you will continue to do the hard and rewarding work of being leaders. Federation will do whatever it can to support you. 

I truly appreciate every phone call that is made, every donation given, and every meeting and event that is attended. Please forgive me for not being able to thank everyone. We are a small and caring community, and the best part of my job is that I get to witness people’s generosity. Yasher koach to all the leaders in this community.