Tonight was the first "VNSF Family & Friends" dinner. I organized this dinner so our new VNSF volunteers get an opportunity to meet the rest of the VNSF board and our board advisors. As is par for the course w/ the VNSF board — we had great food, great conversation and great fun! What’s even more valuable is we got to hear a fresh perspective from people completely new to our organization. Since VNSF is still small, 90+% of our donor base is through personal connections of board members. And most of the board has either served on the board for more than half its existance or was recruited my a founding member (like me). So our oganization is still very small, very personal and we’ve relied mainly on those personal, trusted contacts to fundraise, recruit, etc. Our new set of volunteers is really the first set of people who have joined without personally knowing someone on the board beforehand. As a result, they gave us great insight into some of the questions, some of the skepticisms that run through people’s minds. It was awesome! Can’t wait to schedule another one so the rest of our volunteers can make it!!