As always, summer has quickly passed. Somehow, the earth must be speeding up because these days of sun and sand fade faster with each ensuing lap. We hope that you spent these days with family and friends and that you were able to recharge as we head into the final quarter of 2017 and the kick-off to a new SIM program season. We were fortunate to see many of you at our annual charity golf outing where we were able to raise $40k in support of ic stars. Many of our members also heard the amazing sounds of Santana on a perfect summer evening at Ravinia.
We believe these events strengthen the bond of our SIM community through friendship, learning, and impact. Our SIM community is strong and wide, beyond just the 300 IT thought leaders in Chicago, so I'm sure many of our thoughts are further south in Houston and the surrounding area after the devastating storms and rain from Harvey. The national SIM Foundation is supporting the people of Houston. If you did not already see the direct message from our national organization, information is below for you to help support:
In the midst of the ongoing crisis in Houston as a result of Tropical Storm Harvey, we would like to offer you the opportunity to contribute directly to local Houston mutual aid organizations involved in the relief effort as part of the SIM family. When you make a tax-deductible contribution to the SIM Foundation on behalf of the SIM Houston Chapter, the Chapter will identify qualified recipient organizations that have provided significant support to the Houston region to receive your donations. Your donations to national non-profit aid organizations are appreciated, and this is an additional opportunity to donate to local organizations that are providing critical support to the community.
When the storms come, communities respond, first for relief and then to rebuild, because as leaders we must remain forever optimistic and remind our teams and those around us that the sun will again rise.
Come join us this program year to again be inspired into leading the change that can move us forward. We begin on 9/7 hosted at the 1871 / Bosch Connectory as an all-star panel discusses leading in the age of innovation. Special thanks to SIM member Dennis Boecker, Global IT Innovation Lead at Robert Bosch, for hosting. Mark your calendars for our annual Fall Gala on 9/21 featuring the incredible Jim Fannin who will truly help us have the right mindset to get into the zone.
Thank you again for being a part of such a great community. I look forward to many sun-filled conversations this year and I am thankful for the support from so many of you to help when those storms do come.