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Fruitful Autumn Volume 3 Issue 1 2013

Posted on 10 Dec 2013

autumn woods

Autumn has been beautiful in Virginia. The days were sunny and clear. The nights were crisp with a hint of the winter chill to come. I love to watch the battlefields in Yorktown turn from green to gold as the low lying morning fogs and frost overtake them. Of course, the deer are plentiful, as they are protected by the National Park.

battlefieldAnd since it is a time of harvest, I am happy to announce that I did get my book Ignite! published. I have great empathy for the farmers who plant and nurture their crops thorough drought and plenty – as usual, I experienced both in writing this book! But I am very excited about it and hope you will be too! Check it out at Author House, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

I’ve been doing a lot of consulting with business coalitions on health and have learned so much about nine of these coalitions through my work with the National Business Coalitions on Health (NBCH). I even had the wonderful opportunity to help showcase their work at the annual NBCH conference in Phoenix in November. I have had the pleasure of watching them grow and take on more difficult policy work which is natural for mature coalitions.

Autumn Leaves

In the autumn phase of coalition work, you should consider the following tasks:

  • Keep members and organizations engaged; review/renew member agreements
  • Keep membership growing and informed; replenish or expand if needed
  • Address organizational needs within coalition and revise structures/procedures as needed
  • Rotate and develop leadership
  • Continue to revise/implement action plans and keep projects moving ahead
  • Assess changes and accomplishments
  • Build on past successes to move to new goals and strategies

Thanksgiving Family 2013Living Room3

Finally, a word about the cabin. We moved in on Thanksgiving day with the help of our family – it was a very cold day for here (20 degrees at night) but it kept the ground frozen for moving all the heavy stuff. I have to say that after all the work and worry, it turned out exactly as we had hoped. It is cozy and feels very authentic. Our builder who grew up in these mountains just said, “It’s alive again”, referring to the fact that the cabin had been moved from Bacon Hollow rebuilt again . Is it really done? No, just like your coalition, there is still much to do – caulking,  the mantle, the rock overlay on the chimney, and so on.

But we lit a fire in the fireplace, threw on heavy down comforters and had the most wonderful cozy sleep after more than two years of planning. I guess the old adage is true,“Anything worth having is worth waiting for.” Happy holidays to all!