As we usher in the Jewish New Year, we are excited to take this time to reflect on the first year of our Guardians Presidency. The Guardians had an incredible year of accomplishments with record breaking events, membership numbers once again surpassing 500, and a growing connection with the Jewish Home and fellow support group, The Executives. This next year brings us much to look forward to, including our blockbuster celebration of our 80th Anniversary.
A year ago we made a choice to build on the momentum set by our predecessors, Josh Binder and Ross Gerber and built a larger than normal Board of impactful and influential leaders. By compiling a Board of more than 50 seasoned community leaders and philanthropists, we created opportunities for some incredible new leadership to rise through the ranks and take on new roles both within The Guardians, and at the Jewish Home.
In line with a larger Board, our primary focus over the last year was to significantly increase our membership. We firmly believe building a larger membership is where it all begins. As we increase our membership and our reach, we can increase our presence in the community and dollars raised for the Home. With the help of our Executive Board and specifically Executive Vice President, Steven Driss, we now have more than 500 active members and have continued to see that number steadily increase each month. We are so grateful to Steven and his counterparts in the Young Men's and Women's Divisions for their dedication and commitment to the goal of vastly increasing our membership by the end of our two-year term.
This year has also brought us new opportunities for synergy between The Guardians, the Jewish Home, and the valley-based Home support group, The Executives. Along with Guardians Member Andy Berman, the new Chair of the Jewish Home Board of Directors, our goal is to ensure we are providing the best opportunities for engagement and growth for our members, donors and leaders. The coming year will bring continued dialogue, new collaborations and a strengthened bond across the entire Jewish Home family.
We are excited to announce that 2019 will also bring our huge Guardians 80th Anniversary celebration event! Following in the footsteps of the immensely popular and successful comedy nights, we are excited to announce that for the first time in more than two decades, we will be returning to the iconic Palladium on January 26, 2019 to laugh and celebrate with our Guardians family. Our very distinguished and capable team of Tony Berns, Marilyn Freeman, Zane Koss and Peter Steigleder are at the helm of the planning committee as our Co-Chairs, and we are certain this will be an event not to be missed!
Thank you to our Board, members and donors who have continued to make us so proud to be the leaders of The Guardians. Here's to another 80 years!
Jeff Schlesinger and Larry M. Schnaid
2017 - 2019 Guardians Presidents