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The Charlotte Jewish news. (Charlotte, N.C.) 19??-current, April 01, 1986, Image 7

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Page 7-THE NEWS-Aprll, 1986 State of the Federation Address By Stan Greenspon One of the privileges and highlights of an outgoing president is the opportunity to reminisce and evaluate the past years’ performances, suc cesses and disappointments. This is my State of the Federa tion address, and I will focus on areas of importance and concern. First, a little personal note. Without question, I had some apprehensions about taking on the responsibilities of presi dent. I was concerned about the time and commitment I would have to give in order to be effective. My reluctance was lessened when I recogniz ed the strength of our Ex ecutive Committee and the strong professional experience we have in Marvin Bienstock. Those two factors allowed me the flexibility and indepen dence I had to have in order to operate a presidency suitable to my style. What followed and what filled my two years was truly unparalleled. What happened was more than I could have ever expected; real, complete satisfaction in a job that was filled with challenge, excitement and plenty of re wards. But rather than talk about what the job did for me, let’s recall together some of the goals we planned a little over two years ago. Let us restate our accomplishments and stress those areas of con- cem which we have not at tained. One Million Dollar Campaign The figure $1 million was an arbitrary, far reaching figure just a few years ago. Today, we have reached that figure due to the ever increasing needs of our major recipients and UJA. Reaching this un precedented goal has not come without much sacrifice. There have been numerous meetings, strategy sessions, appoint- Stan Greenspon ments, C£dls, letters and more letters. It has been a dificult task as those of you involved in the campaign know so well. For those of you who have not been actively involved, you should recognize again that the campaign is the heart and soul of the Federation and its success or failure has an im pact on practically every seg ment of our Jewish communi ty. I have always been con vinced that this community has the resources to meet any reasonable goals as evidenced by the tremendous success of the Foundation Capital Cam paign. At the same time we need to face reality. We cannot continue to count on the 56 major givers to raise 70 per cent of the campaign total. We must broaden our contacts in order to have greater success with those contributors who are capable of giving more; we still have an incredible number of people who don’t give at all. This job has to be done; we must not fail. The challenge is before each of us and we must share in this responsibility. At the same time, we should ap plaud our financial accom plishment for this year. .We had a tremendously successful campaign and I congratulate us. Federation’s Role and Relationships with Other Institutions If you will recall, it was my The Community Relations Committee Of The Charlotte Jewish Federation Is Organizing The JEWISH SPEAKERS BUREAU To Participate, Please Call: Rabbi Marc Wilson 376-2796 Alan Oxman 552-0552 ""COUPON MUST ACCOMPANY OHDER****** 50% DISCOUNT ALL DRY CLEANING Silk Not Included Min. 5.00 ORDER AFTER DISCOUNT B-KLEEN CLEANERS DRIVE-THRU WINDOWS & LAUNDRY SIAMSTRfSS ON DUTY IVnYDAV New Location — 7221 Albemarle Rd. — Now Open BEAUTIFUL SHIRTS-SOUTHEAST CHARLOTTE'S FINEST ■ATTMWS ■ATTNm •TioMmomoAO mmtrii ATIAimiRO.ll. M01RAMTMIUI. d far ^wati> ■■■■■■ hi ■ COURTRTHK lOOTMtARIl SNOPMM CnTIR SHARON HWY. SI NKVUI WOmN dNTIR I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I J Strong feeling, that due to the Federation’s pivotal role in community funding and be cause of the community pro ject, it was time to take a new, fresh approach and strengthen our relationship with some of the major institutions, par ticularly the JCC, the Hebrew Academy and Foundation. Many of us have taken major responsibilities on some of those boards and I would hope that you will continue to engage in essential roles in those institutions. Some of our Executive Committee mem bers and board members serve on important committees for the Hebrew Academy, the JCC, the Foundation and the Blumenthal Home. As we con tinue to work closely together in bringing the project to reali ty, I remind you and urge you of the importance in maintain ing a spirit of cooperation. At this critical stage, we need each other to ensure the suc cess of this great project. It has taken a lot of years, many trials and tribulations, to form this “coalition of institutions.” Now is the time to enhance these relationships and I look to each institutional president and their executive commit tees to make certain that this happens. Restructure of Campaign and Allocations After much deliberation and study, we decided to rearrange our allocation process in order to strengthen our campaign. Hopefully, this will encourage the major recipients to be more involved in the bud geting process and raise their own consciousness concerning the campaign. It is now ob vious that everyone has to give more of themselves to en sure a successful campaign. Cash Collections Due to the tireless efforts and strong follow-through of Ruth Goldberg, we no longer have a cash collection pro blem. Her tremendous com mitment has paid off. In 1980, our cash collection percentage was 85 percent, in 1986 it is 98 percent. Outreach Because of the efforts of Ruth Goldberg and Marvin Bienstock the outreach con cept has flourished and another important dimension has been added to the com munity. As a constantly grow ing conununity, outreach is the vehicle that allows £dl the institutions to offer a constant stream of opportunities for in volvement. More than 70 families joined temples this spring as a result of outreach. Social Services Through the professional ef forts of our Director, Adrienne Rosenberg, and the perseve rance and dedication of Bobbi Bernstein as chair, we have developed a Social Service agency second to none for a community of our size. I know this trend will continue under the strong leadership of Joel Goldman and his experienced committee. I am equally pleased with the great strides we have made with our Community Relations Committee (CRC), Missions, Jewish Education and our newly formed Jewish Community fund. In particular, I want to com ment on the achievements of Women’s Division. The many dedicated, hard working and skillful volunteers have elevated Women’s Division to a proper place of prominence. In addition to its success in raising dollars, Women’s Divi sion has been equally suc cessful in reusing Jewish con sciousness emd in developing a powerful corp of leaders who have already beg^un to move out and benefit a number of in stitutions and organizations through their abilities. The past two yezu’s have been filled with great challenges, excitement, fun and support by dedicated peo ple and good friends. I wiU miss those exciting times, and I thank you for this gift of op portunity which has added such an importsmt dimension to my life. ' I

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