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President's Message

To: Dallas Chapter ALA

I am taking the opportunity to thank you for entrusting me to lead the Dallas ALA Chapter in 2020 through 2021. It is a pleasure and a privilege to serve ALA. This has been a year that many of us have not seen in our lifetime. We have faced challenges, but we have endured. As the pandemic quickly developed, we leaned on our ALA network to collaborate as we transitioned to a new way of doing business. Our ALA community has a vast array of knowledge and your continuous involvement will result in the Chapter’s success.

This year social unrest is tearing apart our nation; however, with continued focus, open dialogue, and diversity and inclusion education, we will become a stronger community. I am proud and honored to be the President of the Dallas ALA Chapter. Like the Presidents before me who paved the way, it is my hope and desire to carry on the legacy. I am grateful to be on this journey with an exceptional Board and leadership team of Section and Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs.

We have “zoomed” into 2020. Working and managing a remote workforce is teaching us how to adapt to change. We are persevering and realizing that what we thought was impossible is possible. Through our virtual world, we can begin to connect and collaborate with each other in creative ways. Some who were unable to attend meetings due to time constraints now have the ability to listen, learn and contribute. We are optimistic this will lead our Chapter into a new era with increased learning, participation and membership. Until the trend line of COVID-19 cases goes downward on a consistent basis, we will continue to conduct our meetings via Zoom and re-evaluate on a month-to-month basis.

I end this note the same way I began – THANK YOU – there is no Dallas ALA without you. I pray that everyone stays safe and healthy.

Best regards,

Laura J. Minafee
President Dallas Chapter ALA