Message from the President

Published in: Update - Issue 3 - 2014 »   
A golden retriever puppy lies on a concrete floor looking at the camera and wearing a Future Leader Dog bandanna

Greetings!

It’s amazing to me that we are already coming to the end of our 75th year. We have had so much to celebrate – thousands of guide dog clients graduated, a thriving orientation and mobility training program, guide dog services for clients who are deaf and blind, a wonderful summer camp program and the continued use of GPS technology in our programs.

Throughout the year I’ve thought about how we have gotten to this point, how we have been able to grow over the last seven decades because of the amazing support we have had every step of the way. Donors, puppy raisers, Lions clubs, volunteers, corporations, breeding stock hosts and foundations who believe strongly in our mission of empowering people who are blind or visually impaired with lifelong skills for independent travel have enabled us to change the lives of thousands of people who live in darkness. And all of these individuals and groups will significantly impact our success in the years ahead.

As we look forward to 2015, we will focus on the tagline of our 75th logo, “Setting our sights on the future.” Consequently, this issue of Update highlights some of the many young people involved with Leader Dog. Most are fresh out of high school or college and they will be a big part of our future. We are glad that they have chosen to get involved with Leader Dog – whether as a client, a team member or a supporter.

I have been privileged to serve Leader Dogs for the Blind through our 75th year and I am excited to tell you that we are in the process of planning to ensure that Leader Dog is indeed the “Leader” in the industry for the next 75 years. I hope you read this issue of Update with excitement for what is to come. Enjoy the autumn season and be safe!