Greetings and Happy New Year to all!
2021 is here and is bringing with it many new positive changes to our communities! Among these are the announcements of Dr. Rachel Levine as Biden's pick for assistant secretary at HHS (she would be the first transgender senate confirmed federal official) and the announcement of Pete Buttigieg as the nominee for secretary of transportation. (he will be the first Senate-confirmed LGBTQ Cabinet secretary should his nomination make it through the chamber.)
Normally I wouldn't focus attention on political events in this space, yet we all know that the events of January 6, 2021 deeply shocked, saddened and affected us all. Out of this darkest of days, I am optimistic because we have a new administration to guide us with greater sanity, integrity, honesty and genuine leadership through one of the toughest periods in our history. And I believe that the tone of a country is set at the top.
I also remain an optimist because I have faith in the basic goodness of people, and I know that people are affected by the power of example, and our new President Biden and Vice-President Harris are already demonstrated by example their embracing of diversity, honesty, and a commitment to work through and engage our toughest challenges directly. (Not that I expect overnight success, but I do know there will now be a big energetic shift. That alone excites and lifts a burden off my shoulders, and I'm sure yours too!) I also believe that this event shook us all up to not take our democracy for granted and to examine and strengthen our commitment to securing, protecting, and growing democracy and freedom.
Each organization, culture, group, family and individual has an opportunity to support a positive change. And here at the GCA, we are no exception. There are many exciting new things going on with our organization in 2021. We also keep offering exciting programs and opportunities, and attracting many new and wonderful members to our organization. We welcome each new member with open arms and with gratitude in advance for your contributions. We also have virtual hugs-a-plenty for all members! :)
Please read the Board President's message below about our Winter Virtual Conference, and then check out the articles and submissions in this first edition of 2021.
Wishing everyone a healthy and fulfilling year ahead.
Arnie Katz, LMT, CPC
Certified Professional Coach