Elaine Rothman, BOND’S incoming president, will bring lessons learned in the classroom and as a political and union activist to the chair when she assumes office in June.
Talking about the fourth BRANCHING OUT IN NEW DIRECTIONS presidency, Elaine says, “My goals are three-fold: First, I want to increase our Scholarship Fund, because that is really what we are about. Second, I hope we can strengthen BOND as an organization so that all members have an opportunity to use their talents and skills. And third, we need to improve our fundraising activities.”
Elaine will lean on her own background as a teacher in Special Education, as a union member and as an active political campaigner. These tough, competitive arenas have honed her skills as a leader, a listener and as a decision-maker.
Born in Duluth, MN, Elaine got her BA at the University of Minnesota and her Masters in Special Education at the University of St. Thomas. She has taught special needs children for many years but finds BOND a comforting and challenging outlet for her own skills. As so many BOND members remark, Elaine credits BOND with making, “new, wonderful friendships.” In fact, she joined BOND about six years ago, urged on by Carolyn Latz who is related by marriage. As busy as she is, Elaine finds time for gardening -- planning and cultivating five gardens of perennials -- and travel to exotic places.
“The special thing about BOND,” said Elaine, “is the variety of opportunity available to members. It’s true, scholarships to local individuals is our major goal. But along the way, our educational and community programs are such fun and so interesting. They offer variety, growth and understanding to all members. And best of all, the diversity of activities enables each member to choose topics and BOND events which enhance her own specific interests and talent.”
Gloria Gold, BOND's former Communications Vice President, researched and wrote this profile.
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