Happy New Year from Thread STL! We hope 2018 is off to a great start – we’re hard at work fine-tuning our program offerings for this year after we received some terrific feedback from our membership in December (you can review the results in the Thread STL December blog post).

In addition to an array of proposed learning topics to explore this year, we heard from our members that they’d like to: 1) have dedicated networking and relationship building time, 2) hear from local collaborations that excel at one or more aspects of the process of collaboration, and 3) continue learning how to strengthen the role of community voice in St. Louis’ community organizations and collaborations.

We’ll be continuing bi-monthly Member Meetings in 2018 and are adding featured speakers to our agenda. This will be an opportunity for Member Meeting attendees to hear more about the broad array of community partnerships and coalitions in the St. Louis region from the perspective of those who are leading them as well as those who are impacted by them. Featured speakers may be current Thread members or can come from outside of Thread membership. Thread’s Guiding Principles – Authentic Community Voice, Equity & Justice, Strengths & Assets, and Continuous Improvement – will guide featured speakers in what they share at Member Meetings.

To stay true to our guiding principles, we’d like to know who you’d be interested in hearing from at our member meetings this year. We created a form for you to recommend individuals or collaborations in the St. Louis region you admire and want to learn more about. This form will remain open throughout the year as new people and coalitions come to mind!

Finally, we’ve made a small change to the calendar for 2018. Our bi-monthly member meetings will move to the third Wednesday of the months we hold member meetings. Our first member meeting of the year will be Wednesday, February 21, 11:30a – 1:30p – As usual, lunch will be provided. We’re hard at work securing a speaker for the first member meeting. As soon as we have a final decision, you’ll hear from us. See you in February!