DRAFT: Continuing the Discussion
Thank you for all of your participation and support to date.  To further our efforts, I will attempt to capture some of the key operating and guiding thoughts that are the foundation for our discussions.

With the financial crisis of 2008, we are in a period of rapid change.   With are experiencing:

  • A dramatic decline in the stock market (S&P 500 was down 37% in 2008),
  • The highest unemployment rates in over 15 years,
  • A record number of home foreclosures,
  • The toughest economy since the Great Depression,
  • An increase in the need for basic services like food and clothing,
  • A decrease in charitable donations, and
  • A new President.

Our economic system is certainly under extraordinary stress and is impacting every member of our society.  Hopefully, the financial stimulus packages being implemented will help turn our economy positive sooner rather than later.  With the urgency for change, we expect “waste and inefficiencies at the local level” (I actually am quoting these from a CNBC reporter).  As a group of concerned individuals, we are strategically examining and interrelationships of the issues facing the people in our society as well as the organizations and actions involved in addressing these issues.  Our intent is to identify areas where our resources and expertise can help make a difference.  The current economic crisis provides us with a unique opportunity contribute in coordination with other efforts for positive change.

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