As you know, June 1 is the start of the fiscal year for the Foundation, and so in this first message to you as incoming Chair, I want to express my gratitude.
First, I am grateful for the leadership of the 2015-17 Foundation Chair, Jean Ragalie-Carr, RDN, LDN, FAND. Jean’s enthusiasm is contagious, getting Academy members “pumped up” about the positive work of the Foundation in providing student scholarships, research grants, and community nutrition and exercise programs like Kids Eat Right. Jean always makes volunteers and staff feel valued and that their work and contributions are appreciated. As they say, I have big shoes to follow!
Second, I’m grateful to outgoing Foundation Board members, Terri Raymond, Donna Martin, Margaret Garner, and Eileen Kennedy. Each of these individuals made a mark on your Foundation by their thoughtful counsel, their financial generosity, and their unwavering dedication to the Foundation’s mission of advancing public health and nutrition.
With sadness yet with thanks for her inspiring life and career, we remember and thank Constance Geiger, taken much too soon. It was an honor to have known her for nearly two decades and we will miss her profoundly.
I’m grateful to our generous donors, some well-known in the profession and others quietly in the background, all with the same fervor for the work of the Foundation. Especially now that we’re in our Second Century, excitement for the new programs being initiated is matched by generous pledges to the Second Century campaign.
Whether you’re a student about to embark on your professional journey, a mid-career RDN or NDTR, or a seasoned professional enjoying retirement, we hope that you will help ensure that the work of the Foundation continues and expands, by your generous, tax-deductible donation.
Please mark your calendars now for the Foundation Gala, to be held at Chicago’s Crystal Garden at Navy Pier on Monday evening, October 23, at 8 p.m., during the 2017 FNCE. This year’s format is different, including a reception and dancing, with individual tickets priced at just $100. I hope to see you at FNCE and I look forward to serving you as Foundation Chair for the next two years.
Martin M Yadrick, MS, MBI, RDN, FAND
2017-2018 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Chair