C.A.R.E. Holds Annual 1st Quarter Board Of Directors Meeting

Finalizes 2010 Strategic Plan, Selects 2010 Richard Gallardo Award Winner, and Finalizes Plan for 50th Semi-Annual Conference

The (.) held its annual 1st Quarter Board of Directors’ meeting  from January 29-January 31, 2010.

The annual meeting hosted by , Inc. at their Beso del Sol Resort, , FL, was attended by the entire C.A.R.E. Board of Directors including Jeanette Bunn, Vice President, Dave Dawson, Vice President, Vicki DiFabio, Treasurer, Tina Hill, Vice President, Linda Mayhugh, Vice President, Deborah Sansom, Secretary, James Wehrle, Vice President, Debbie Westby, Vice President, and Bonnie Kosco, Immediate Past President.  The purpose of the meeting was to review and finalize all committee actions and plans for 2010.

According to Dave Dawson, “As a first term Board Member I was amazed at the amount of work that transpired and the teambuilding that was accomplished during the three day meeting. Global Connections, Inc. was pleased to be able to provide the setting for this important gathering of the C.A.R.E. Board.”

C.A.R.E.’s Strategic Planning Committee formulated the 2010 Strategic Plan.  The plan identifies external and internal operating environments that affect C.A.R.E. and the resulting strengths, weaknesses, opportunities as well as the threats facing the organization.  After evaluating this information, the committee established goals, objectives and strategies, and developed an action plan.  The action plan was presented to the Board of Directors and accepted.

Final details for C.A.R.E.’s Silver and Gold Conference to be held in , LA from April 24-27, 2010 were also discussed.  Special preparations are underway to celebrate C.A.R.E.’s 50th Conference and 25th year at the Hilton St. Charles.   Past Board Members, Richard Gallardo and Pinnacle Award recipients are invited to attend the conference in celebration of the special occasion.

The Board of Directors also selected the 2010 recipient of the Richard Gallardo Award which will be presented at C.A.R.E.’s Silver and Gold Conference. The award was created in honor of Richard Gallardo, husband of C.A.R.E.’s first President, Kathleen Gallardo, who tirelessly served C.A.R.E. in numerous capacities for many years and is given in recognition of outstanding volunteer service to C.A.R.E.

C.A.R.E. is a non-profit trade association established in 1985 with members in the U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia.  The association offers over 2,500 vacation properties and member companies’ service over a million travelers annually.  Resort developers and service companies, property management companies, homeowners associations, rental and exchange organizations, and travel clubs engaged in the vacation industry whose goal is to offer the tools to provide outstanding vacation services while remaining committed to the highest standards and ethics are C.A.R.E. member companies.

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