Friday, January 20, 2006

Here is a message from officials at La Casa:

Strategic Plan For La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, 2006-2009

Prepared by: Juan Ramón Rodríguez-Muñoz, Growth Facilitator

With the participation and leadership of:

Otilio Díaz, Executive Director Eli Alvarado, Chairperson Héctor Ortiz, Vice- President Alfonzo Correa, Member Aurea Mangual, Member Anita Vélez-Mitchell, Member

To whom it may concern:

On behalf of the Board and Staff of La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña (La Casa) we wish to extend our deepest appreciation to the many people that gave their time and energy in the preparation of this Strategic Plan. It was an enormous undertaking by our Board, Staff and Consultant with tremendous input and ownership from all of us. We also wish to express our appreciation for the financial support for this effort provided by a grant from Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation.

The strategic plan process was facilitated by Juan Ramón Rodríguez-Muñoz, Growth Facilitator, with the participation and leadership of Otilio Díaz, Executive Director, and representatives of the Board of Directors (Eli Alvarado, Chairperson, Héctor Ortiz, Vice-President, and Alfonzo Correa, Aurea Mangual and Anita Vélez-Mitchell, Board members). It was a job well done and we are grateful for all their efforts. Mr. Rodríguez-Muñoz did a superb job guiding the strategic process and building consensus by the Staff and Board. We commend the Staff and Board for being able to carry their regular job commitments while providing participation and leadership in this strategic plan process.

The challenge that remains is the implementation of this excellent Strategic Plan of La Casa. We want to thank in advance the Staff and Board members and Volunteers that will dedicate so much time and energy in the implementation of this Strategic Plan. The end results will be the realization of the vision of La Casa of having ample and adequate human and material resources to provide excellent services of ethnic library research and cultural education activities, programs and events and many in the Puerto Rican community and others greatly benefit from these services.

We are requesting that you join us in this endeavor of implementing this Strategic Plan of La Casa that will provide the foundation we need to continue into the future towards long-term stability and success.

Sincerely,

Eli Alvarado Otilio Díaz Chairperson Executive Director
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