July 2014 Page 3
PFLAG WISHES OUTGOING BOARD MEMBERS WELL
On June 8
, PFLAG Buffalo-Niagara gathered to thank board members who are changing their board status or leaving the board. President Kristian Rickard, who has served with passion and talent for four years, will step down in accordance with PFLAG by-laws regarding term limits. Kristian has given so much to the organization and has been instrumental in developing key initiatives
such as “Safe Schools” and
the PFLAG Scholarships. Fortunately, Kristian will still be with the board, moving to one of the vice president positions along with Amy Fularz. Both were
voted in at last month’s Members’ Meeting.
John Covert, a longtime PFLAG member with over twenty years of commitment and service, has also stepped down
from his director’s position d
ue to term limits. John, a past president, has served PFLAG and WNY in many ways. John and his wife Diane, who has also served on the board, have been extremely active in speaking to local schools, corporations, and community groups. Managing the help-line has been another of the many PFLAG duties John has taken on. John worked with Kristian Rickard to develop, finalize, and present the PFLAG Scholarships. This dream took years to reach its fruition, and both John and Kristian see these two scholarships as a highlight of their time with PFLAG. PFLAG also is saying goodbye to Suzanne Evans, a board member and past vice-president who has been active on the board for many years. Suzanne has also been an integral part
of the speakers’ bureau,
always willing to support, educate, and advocate. Suzanne has been a longtime and frequent member at the sharing meetings, helping countless new parents as they come seeking support and information. PFLAG Buffalo-Niagara sends its heartfelt thanks to these three dedicated friends and board members. Each will be sorely missed. However, Kristian, John, and Suzanne have said they still want PFLAG to be a part of their lives, as it is such a big part of their hearts.