Survey Says: 2011 Member Retreat Was Excellent!

Our annual Member Retreat is always memorable but new changes this year ensured that the weekend was fresh and compelling for both new and seasoned participants. Eighty-eight percent of survey respondents rated the event excellent overall.

According to first time attendee Tim Arnold, "It was just fantastic! It’s so clear that Full Circle Fund is at its own inflection point, and true to our nature, we are poised to dramatically increase the impact of our innovative and scalable model. It’s heartening to see that the Board is taking such a thoughtful and inclusive effort to ensure this necessary growth is achieved with the end in mind – keeping the "secret sauce" of Full Circle Fund."

About 70 Members and guests gathered in Monterey for activities such as Friday night's fiercely competitive Amazing Race-type scavenger hunt.

Saturday, Circle leaders shared candidly about both impact and challenges faced in the past year. Leslie Keil was also revealed as our new Global Economic Opportunity Circle Co-Chair. The Board made their annual presentation, focusing on our new strategic direction, priorities for 2011, and an update on the executive search. The afternoon's Collectively Owning Our Future segment encouraged teams to dig deeper on pressing issues affecting our organization, reflect on our new strategic direction, and brainstorm next steps.

Our grant partner Caleb Zigas, Executive Director of La Cocina gave an engaging and in-depth look at how our project team helped their organization. Finally, Catherine Hutton Markwell led an appreciation segment to say farewell to Amy Lesnick, including a video tribute.

After a beachside luau and s'mores around the campfire, our member band played favorite hits and Jeff Camp's newest song (video above). Thank you to our speakers, members, volunteers, activity leaders, Board, Circle Chairs, Big Kahunas, member photographer Steve Schoettler, and of course our event registration sponsor Eventbrite. You make the retreat possible!

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