President's message

NCBF Colleagues,

It has been a wild and unpredictable March and April, and I am not only talking about this crazy weather. March Madness was truly "mad" this year! How many of you had your bracket "busted" early in the tournament? Who would have thought that Loyola-Chicago would make it to the Final Four over some of the "Blue-blood" schools? And what about Sister Jean - the break through celebrity of the games? Her bobble head dolls sold out in record breaking time!

Just as we had a chance to catch our breaths, we were transformed to the beauty and legacy of the Masters. It was thrilling to watch Tom Watson, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus play the par 3 competition with Tom Watson becoming the oldest winner of the Master's traditional "curtain-raiser." The "old guard" looked great! As the week progressed, a golfer named Patrick Reed took center stage and stayed there. As some of golf's favorites tried to take the lead, Patrick Reed stayed strong and emerged the winner - his first major championship win! Who would have picked him over Ricky, Jordan or Rory?

Who is the Loyola - Chicago, Sister Jean or Patrick Reed in your bar foundation? Who is that person or program that is or will be the break out person or program that excels for your bar foundation? As evidenced through these two major sporting events, it most likely is someone or some program that you may least expect. So how do you recognize that individual or program or develop that individual or program to be exceptional?

One of the ways is through your membership and involvement with the NCBF. The programs that are presented at the NCBF mid-year and annual meetings are exceptional and provide valuable information from a variety of national speakers well known in the non-profit realm. These programs coupled with the interaction between the attendees provide beneficial information that can be used to develop your foundation's board members and programs to a level of excellence.

If you are a bar foundation executive or board member, what are you doing to excel and lead? Are your actions inspiring others in your organization to excel?

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." John Quincy Adams

"The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them." John Maxwell

I look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting in Chicago on August 2 - 4.

Warmest regards,

Leslie R. Barineau