Every summer, TASH hosts it annual in-person Board of Directors Retreat. This year we held our second annual Chapter Leadership Retreat and first annual Self-Advocacy Committee Meeting in conjunction with the Board Retreat. It was an action-packed three days, to say the least!
We kicked off the retreat with a presentation by Allan Bergman, chair of TASH’s Public Policy Committee. Allan provided an in-depth training on current policy issues. Afterward, everyone made their way to Capitol Hill. TASH members met with staffers from the offices of Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Stories were shared, questions were asked, and connections were made.
I want a job that pays me more than 10 hours a week. I want a place to live. – Paul Meyer
The following morning, chapter discussed their Capitol Hill visits, accomplishments, and revised work plans for the coming year. Meanwhile, the Self-Advocacy Committee met to create its mission statement. The committee also developed a set of goals to carry them through the next year.
As the Chapter Leadership Retreat and Self-Advocacy Committee Meeting came to an end, board members switched gears. They hit the ground running with their second board meeting of the year. They shared updates, discussions, and a conference look-ahead.
On the third and final day of the retreat, TASH board members and staff participated in a strategic planning discussion facilitated by Aaron Bishop. The discussion was enlightening and reinvigorating. With everyone on the same page, the road ahead is looking bright!
TASH would like to extend a huge thank you to members of our Board of Directors, our Chapter Leaders, and our Self-Advocacy Committee members for traveling near and far to join us. We’re looking forward to a productive year ahead.