It’s been an exciting first month for me as President of ARCS Foundation Phoenix Chapter. My term began with the National Board Meeting over Zoom on June 12-13 and has been moving steadily ever since.
Best of all was the news I received just two days ago. The Krepper Family Trust has left our chapter a gift of $100,000. Mrs. Betty Krepper was a member of the Phoenix Chapter who passed away in 1991.
You can imagine how thrilled I was to get this news — what a wonderful surprise! Coming in this difficult time, it was without a doubt the best news I’ve had in a long while.
On the National front, I volunteered to head up a Membership Collaboration Team. I’ll be working with Sara Jean Burke, from the Atlanta chapter, who serves as National Committee Chair of the Membership Collaboration Network. Our group will bring together ARCS members with interest or knowledge in membership issues to share ideas, solve problems and make connections across Chapters. The other committees being formed will tackle University Relations, Finance, Fund Development, Communications and Information Strategies. Anyone is welcome to join any of these committees. Please let me know if you‘re interested.
During the National Board Meeting, I heard scholars from around the country speak about their work related to Covid-19. ARCS Scholars are working on antibody tests, development of portable ventilators and virus testing. There is information about each of these speakers on the ARCS National website.
ARCS scholars are playing a major role in seeking solutions to the coronavirus pandemic we’re currently facing. I couldn’t be more proud to lead this organization and support our mission and our scholars.
I hope this message finds you and your families healthy and well.
President ARCS Foundation Phoenix Chapter