I am honored and delighted to have been recently elected the President of the Twin Cities Michigan Club for 2005-07. Being President of the Michigan Club is something I have aspired to for some time, and I feel honored and privileged to have been given this opportunity to give something back to Michigan.
I would like to thank our outgoing President, Adam Hameed, for his excellent work the past two years. There were significant achievements made under Adam's outstanding leadership. Most notably, under his leadership, the Club began to focus increasingly its efforts to raise more funds for the Little Brown Jug Scholarship Fund. To that end, the Club held an annual "bowl-a-thon" as a fun and innovative way to raise funds for the Fund. It has turned out to be one of our most popular events. Congratulations, Adam, and thanks for your hard work.
I recently had the opportunity to attend the 2005 Michigan Club Leadership Conference in Ann Arbor at the Alumni Center. This was a tremendous opportunity for me to learn more about the inner workings of the Alumni Association and what is expected of all Club leaders. It was also a good education on the many benefits that the Alumni Association has to offer to its members. For example, if you haven't done so yet, please consider logging in to InCircle, Michigan's online alumni directory. You can access InCircle from the Twin Cities Club homepage. InCircle is a unique way to reconnect with Michigan alumni and friends around the globe! It was very clear to me at the Leadership Conference that the Alumni Association has big plans for InCircle, and that it has the potential of really facilitating fast, easy and broad-based communication with all Michigan alums. Try InCircle today if you haven't yet - - you'll like it!
As I begin a new term, I am excited by the energy and enthusiasm of our Board of Directors. Numerous board members are beginning new terms as well, and I hope you have an opportunity to get to meet them at our upcoming events. Among the ideas we have begun to discuss include the possibility of holding an Annual Meeting, a "Taste of Ann Arbor" event, a Minneapolis Museum of Art event and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. Along with thinking about these "new" ideas, we have begun to focus on our upcoming traditional events: the Summer Sendoff barbeque on August 7 at French Park in Plymouth, the Big 10 Softball Tournament on August 27-28 and of course, everyone's favorite, the Football Watch Parties at Majors in Golden Valley. Hard to believe, but football season's just around the corner, isn't it?
Although it is a little early, I do want to let you know that we have received the good news that Steve Grafton, the Executive Director of the Alumni Association, will be holding an "Alumni Chat" with us on January 11, 2006. If you haven't heard, Steve has been holding "Alumni Chats" around the nation with local alumni clubs to promote communication between the Alumni Association and all of its members. We are certainly looking forward to our opportunity to hear from Steve and have a good "chat" with him.
If you have any suggestions, comments or questions, I would love to hear from you. Simply e-mail me at Nelson@peraltalawfirm.com or feel free to call me at (612) 827-6300. I hope that I have the opportunity to meet as many of our members as possible during my term. Thanks for your support, and Go Blue!!
Nelson L. Peralta
Capistrant & Associates, P.A.
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Minneapolis, MN 55408
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