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Fall 2022, letter from our President

Updated: Nov 5, 2022

Dear International Neighbors Members,

The best way to get a feel for what the future of an organization holds is to look at its past. With that thought in mind, I hope you will realize the effort and hard work these committee leaders have done all for the betterment of our members.

For the first time in two years, there were two in-person IN Days at the Zion Lutheran Church. They were well attended and very fun. I think because the pandemic has increased the need for us to connect in person, we were all very grateful to see each other again.

We know that each day is bringing significant challenges and pressures on the operations of our organization – and on our leadership. We also know that all of our board members and group leaders rise to challenges every day with ingenuity, compassion, resilience, fortitude, and integrity.

Each of these groups and committees were active all year long committed to providing even more for the benefit of our members. It is important to point out that these leaders cannot do what they do without the support of our members.

I urge all members to find a committee or group that they have some interest in, and volunteer to lead or start a group or become a board member. Those who take special interest in helping International Neighbors become more visible in the community, invite new members and volunteers are especially needed. We want you, we need your thoughts, expertise, voices, and vision.

Current and new members strengthen our association to better serve. We thank you for your input on our recent member survey; we are open to your questions and feedback year-round. We look forward to engaging you in this process of evolving International Neighbors. You can contact me directly at:

As my tenure as IN President begins to wind-down, I have been thinking about all that we have achieved together over the last four years. We have developed a much better website thanks to the website committee and Rebecca, (our communications chair), which is crucial in engaging with International Neighbors. We have hosted virtual and in person meetings including a virtual Annual IN Day meeting that was very interesting and fun, attended presentations in the community to talk about IN and our programs, and attended International evenings at public schools in Ann Arbor. Currently we are developing pathways to strengthen our core programs and outreach to a wider community.

We are building on the shoulders of the founding mothers that have touched literally thousands of lives worldwide. I truly believe that together we can continue to reach new members, develop better ways of communicating via social networking, and bring in younger members that will secure International Neighbors for generations to come.

Save the Date: September 15th at Gallup Park, Maas Shelter, from 1-2:30 p.m. Directions and invitation coming soon

With warmest regards,

stay safe, stay well,

Andra - President, International Neighbors

Please note our new web address More detail coming soon!

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