By: Bonnie Rubin, IPHA Treasurer
The chapter of the women’s educational organization I belong (P.E.O.) has a booth every year at the Labor Day Flea Market held in the parking lot of the Johnson County Fairgrounds. Yes, I was there all day with my fellow P.E.O. members, in the pouring rain, selling freshly baked cinnamon rolls, coffee cakes and the odds and ends we collected and brought to sell. I even made coaster sets from the loads of wine bottle corks we happened to have. We made $275 today and are quite excited. That’s because it takes us another step closer to being able to contribute our usual $1,500 to the national office to help our organization achieve its mission – education of women throughout the world. This past year, with other chapter contributions like ours, P.E.O. awarded over $4,000,000 in scholarships, grants and loans. Wow! But what does this have to do with IPHA? To me, it’s a perfect example of the importance of every donation, every fundraiser, every webinar and training, every conference, every sponsor, every grant - all the various methods we have in place and are working on to sustain and grow IPHA and how this contributes to the accomplishment of our mission – uniting and strengthening the voice for public health in Iowa and our vision – A healthy and thriving Iowa because of the strong foundation laid by public health.
July is our designated month for IPHA Board members to call everyone who has donated to IPHA and personally thank you for your gift – and more importantly your trust that IPHA continues to represent the best of public health interests for you and the citizens of Iowa. “Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a Difference.” (Kathy Calin, CEO United Nations Foundation). IPHA has and continues to make a difference. August was our month to visit our elected officials. Our Senators and Representatives know us, they know IPHA – and they are willing to listen to our concerns and appreciate the data we can provide.
Two months ago, upon the recommendation of IPHA President Beth Jones, the Board approved actions to allow IPHA to progress towards our plans to be able to fund the Executive Director position as full-time. $1,750 is being transferred from IPHA checking to savings which would cover the needed revenue to make that happen. We will be evaluating this action at our October meeting to determine if we can sustain the transfer. That action along with our target budget of $128,482 for 2018 is a pretty “heavy lift.” Through the hard work and leadership of the conference planning committee, IPHA Executive Director and all of you who attended and presented, proceeds to IPHA from the Governor’s Conference were $10,452. We continue to work to meet our fundraising goals and budget targets for the year. So, let’s remember, in the words of Vincent Van Gogh, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” IPHA brings us together – and we will continue to accomplish great things.