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THE STATE OF THE GAD

GAD President Dr. Frank Lala

Purpose of State of the GAD

The State of the Union: U.S. President

The State of the NAD: NAD President

The State of the GAD: GAD President

Many people have asked me what the GAD has done, so this is an opportunity to give you an update on what the GAD/Board has done for you. So, through two parts, I’d like to summarize what we’ve done.

I believe State of the GAD should be done annually.

First summary of what GAD has done.

July 2013 to May 2014

I expect to pass through life but once

If therefore, there be any kindness I can show or any good thing I can do to any fellow being

Let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it,

As I shall not pass this way again. By William Penn

JULY 2013

GAD Conference Athens, GA

Election of new GAD officers,

GAD President attended National Council on Independent Living’s Conference

RE: Generation, Washington, D.C..

Participated in workshops to benefit GAD;

Fundraising Basics

Grants

Special Events ?Foundation of Philanthropy

Effective Advocacy

Developing Community Leaders

 

AUGUST 2013

First GAD Meeting (Informal)

Not much reports.

Introductions of new officers, board members, and chapters.

Discussions of Proposals/Motions, Appointments, and Votes.

ASL Festival, DBHDD Issues, Appointed VP Kelly and Parliamentarian Jimmy Peterson to go to NAD’s NLTC in Nebraska.

 

SEPTEMBER 2013

Georgia Deaf Awareness Banquet

Chatham County Association of the Deaf’s First DAB.

GAD President/DAB Committee Chairperson Dr. Frank Lala

GAD Vice-President Kelly Faust – Master of Ceremony

CCAD President Shannon Biezenbos

It was a huge success! It was noticed by local leaders and news media. We had about 100 people showed up to this event.

DAB’s Keynote Speaker – Savannah Mayor Edna B. Jackson.

AWARDS – In the Order of Awards Presented

Georgia Hamilton Relay’s Deaf Community Leadership Award – Dr. Frank Lala.

Certificate of Appreciation from City of Savannah – Dr. Frank Lala.

Mayor’s Proclamation – Dr. Frank Lala.

Deaf Person of the Year – Billy Searles

Deaf Senior Citizen – Ray Williams

Interpreter of the Year – Donna Reeder

Employer of the Year – HAAF Annette Clay

Friend of CCAD – James Aberson, ADA Coordinator

Onnie Bacon Volunteer Award – Tammy Tatum

 

NOVEMBER 2013

GAD’s Motto – A Credo for Deaf Georgians

Discussions;

GACHI – Director Sondra Rhoades Johnson

DBHDD:

Advisory Panel – GAD President and GAD Vice-President.

Georgia Commission on Hearing Impaired and deaf people.

GARID – President Erin Salmon

TOWN HALL MEETING.

NAD Volunteer Coordinator/50+ Volunteers

BANNER/EDITOR

SIX STANDING COMMITTEES:

Advocacy

Governance

Development

Publicity/Newsletter

Scholarship

Social Media

GAD President share information/handouts about NCIL Convention workshops;

  1. Fundraising Basics
  2. Grants
  3. Special Events – Foundation of Philanthropy
  4. Effective Advocacy
  5. Developing Community Leaders

GAD VP and Parliamentarian share information/handouts about NAD?s NLTC Workshops.

GAD Secretary shares his experience attending SERID.

Numerous Proposals/Motions. (President unable to continue due to painful shoulder injury. ?VP Kelly Faust assumes the duties for the President till June 2014).

CCAD changed name to Coastal Chapter of GAD.

CCGAD Officers:

Shannon Biezenbos

Diane Johnson

Stephanie Faust

William C. Searles

Kathleen Holmes

Donna Brown

Tammy Tatum

Chapters Attendance:

CC-GAD

MGC-GAD

NWC-GAD

GAD Priorities:

  1. Interpreters – Russell Fleming
  2. Education – Jimmy Peterson and Lara Moore
  3. Community Outreach – Chapter Presidents
  4. Mental Health – Dr. Frank Lala, Sarah Irvin, & Shannon Biezenbos
  5. Commission on Hearing Impaired and deaf people – Kelly Faust, Chris Johnson, and Jared Patton.

 

FEBRUARY 2014

President gave report in absence (Surgery). President emailed report to VP Kelly Faust prior surgery. (Medical Leave)

NAD’s Memorandum of Understanding/ASL Festival. President authorized VP to sign it.

The importance for GAD to maintain contact with all affiliations and GAD Chapters. The advantage of an affiliation is the fact that they can use GAD’s 501c3 and they will get the funds back and lose nothing of the dues that were paid to maintain membership with GAD.

Discussed of importance to collaborate with GARID & Partnership.

Permanent position of Fundraising by appointed someone to become a Fundraiser Chairperson for GAD. (Chris Johnson).

Need new NAD Volunteer Coordinator

Proposals/Motions:

  1. Metro Atlanta to become a chapter of GAD. (passed)
  2. GAD Donation to Macon Chapter’s DAB. (passed)
  3. Appoint Chris Johnson as Volunteer Coordinator for NAD 2014 Conference. (passed)
  4. Proposed to have our next board meeting at Jekyll Island on April 5th. (passed)
  5. Cancel the mini-conference due to NAD Conference in Atlanta for 2014. (passed)
  6. Chris Johnson becomes the Fundraiser Chairperson for GAD. (passed)

 

APRIL 2014

President’s Report: None (Medical Leave)

Vice-President’s Report: Unavailable

GAD Board Meeting at Convention Center, Jekyll Island.

Meeting discussed about Jekyll Island & GAD 2015 Conference.

 

MAY 2014 – CCAD/CCGAD

GAD President Kentucky Colonel Dr. Frank Lala had recommended Kelly Joseph Faust, First CCAD/CCGAD President and GAD Vice-President, Commission as Kentucky Colonel to Governor of Kentucky.

GAD President Frank and CCAD/CCGAD President Shannon presented Kentucky Colonel Award to GAD VP Kelly. Kelly’s commission as a Kentucky Colonel awarded by the Governor for Kelly’s services and accomplishments on behalf of SE Deaf community and CCAD/CCGAD.

NEW MILESTONE – First time in GAD History that both GAD President and Vice President Kentucky Colonels!

 

JUNE 2014

President returned to GAD duties and back to work from medical leave.

GAD: Focus on NAD 2014 Conference planning and 2015 GAD Conference planning. GAD working with NAD officials and GAD 2015 Conference Committee.

PRESIDENT WILL REPORT SECOND PART – JULY 2014 to JUNE 2015.

GAD is a state chapter of the National Association of the Deaf