It’s December 15, and though I made some progress on my Christmas list, I think that I will always be a bit of a last-minute “Christmaser” – maybe because I like to extend the Christmas feeling to the very end. Whatever the cause, I am thankful for Amazon overnight delivery. Since the beginning of the month, we have been pretty busy at UTC (so maybe that is my real excuse for this year’s Christmas procrastination?). We are gearing up for 2017 by putting the finishing touches on the Q1 Journal, finalizing the Strategic Membership Plan (to be rolled out in January), ensuring that the schedule for the UTC Board meetings, regional meetings, and other UTC meetings are in place, and ramping up our preparations for the...

It is December 1, the holidays are soon upon us and I am not ready!  Matt Schnell, UTC’s Board Chair, informed me yesterday that he has two more presents to buy then he is done with all of his Christmas preparations.  Um, well…maybe since he’s going to have some extra time on his hands he can help me with my cookie making, present buying, tree put-upping, Christmas card writing-addressing-mailing, present wrapping, and cocktail drinking (on second thought, I can manage that last one on my own).  Just kidding, Matt, we’ll find more UTC work for you to do instead. On a more positive topic, I promised in my last blog to talk more about the UTC Board of Directors meeting and forward planning session that happened...