Members updated on The Arc of Katy’s current state and future focus

About 40 members of The Arc of Katy participated in the online Annual General Meeting on Sept. 15, receiving updates on the organization’s governance, current state of affairs and 2020-2023 strategic plan.

The Arc of Katy President Fred Shafer presided over the meeting; Board member Amy Campbell provided the invocation; Board member Fran Dahl presented the Board Development Committee’s recommendations for Election of Board of Directors; and Treasurer Mike Lattal provided a review of the organization’s financial situation and budget plans.

Re-elected to the Board of Directors were Cherie Duddridge, Don Elder, Ida Faye Elder, Carolyn Kares, and Shafer. Continuing their terms as members of the Board are Donna Bode, Campbell, Ellen Candito, Dahl, Pat Doucette, Amber Jarvis, Carolyn Kares, Krista Kiblawi, Margaret Laney, Lattal, Mary McGovern, and Marchelle Peters. Officers are Shafer, President; Duddridge, President Elect; Lattal, Treasurer; and Candito, Secretary.

Shafer recognized and thanked Bode for serving as longtime secretary for The Arc of Katy. She passes that role to Candito and remains on the Board of Directors. He also recognized the dedication of Dennis Combrink who recently ended his service on the Board of Directors and who continues as a member of the Program Committee and lead of the Socials Subcommittee along with his wife Jeanne Ann.

Shafer presented recommended changes to the organization’s bylaws and those were approved. He also informed members of a recent Board of Directors decision to increase membership dues for individuals and families to $75 a year.

Highlighting the organization’s 30th anniversary, Shafer recognized its significant impact and the many contributions of families, volunteers, staff and others to enable its past and ongoing success and sustainability. He also recognized the ongoing good work of staff and volunteers to engage participants and families as the community responds to a global health and financial crisis.

He and Lattal discussed the difficult financial consequences resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and actions being taken to help increase revenue and reduce cost.

Shafer also discussed growing coordination with other chapters of The Arc of Texas and The Arc of the United States to share learnings and advocate for government policies important to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. One area of focus is advocacy to Texas Health and Human Services to allow funding for virtual based services in addition to in-person programs.

Shafer also presented The Arc of Katy strategic plan goals:

Goal 1:  Employ an Executive Director to provide leadership that supports the vision, mission and overall operation of the organization

Goal 2:  Develop a Comprehensive Fund Development Plan for fund development, management and sustainability to support the organization’s vision and mission.

Goal 3:  Establish a volunteer program that engages community members in the programs and services of the organization and serve as an ambassador and advocate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Goal 4:  Expand and enhance the Board of Directors to serve as the governing body to ensure sound, ethical, legal and financial management policies that support the vision and mission of the organization.

Goal 5:  Increase and expand program and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Katy and surrounding communities.

In addition, Shafer informed members that discussions are ongoing with a property owner who has offered to build a new facility and donate its use to The Arc of Katy. He explained that updates will be provided as planning continues and more information becomes available.