Message from the President
Charles Hisner and LD Mason with Sue Daniels
Celebrations are well underway for the 75th Anniversary of Leader Dogs for the Blind. Our Open House on May 3 was fantastic and far exceeded expectations! Thank you to everyone who was able to attend this exciting event! Most of the 1,000–1,500 visitors were here for the first time and without exception, every guest I spoke with was thoroughly enjoying all the activities, had wonderful questions and wanted to learn about Leader Dog. I was even able to meet Leader Dog Client Charles Hisner who drove all the way from Cincinnati, Ohio strictly for the event and I was able to personally sign the ownership transfer paperwork for his Leader Dog, Mason.
In addition to our Open House, many other things are currently happening here at Leader Dog. As this goes to print, we are preparing to say goodbye to our last class of this fiscal year. This group is representative of our typical classes—people of many ages, from many states and with diverse backgrounds.
July 1 marks the beginning of the final year of our three-year strategic plan. Key initiatives of the plan, which are all moving forward, include delivering superior client experiences in all programs; breeding, raising and training dogs that meet LDB quality standards to meet annual client goals; achieving a superior level of team and volunteer engagement; and ensuring that philanthropy provides financial sustainability to support long-term operations and strategic plan initiatives. The project of redesigning our current kennel into a Canine Development Center falls within these initiatives, and that is also proceeding as planned. Additionally, we have begun working on our next strategic plan, which will guide us from 2015 through 2018.
Even though things are really “hopping” here, please know that we think of you, our loyal friends and supporters, each and every day. We are so appreciative of you and your continued support of Leader Dogs for the Blind. Thank you for all that you do to help us make our mission a reality. Please have a safe and enjoyable summer!
Susan M. Daniels