Message from the President

Writing the script is the first step.  Developing the cast of characters and making the story come to life can prove to be a difficult task.  This is not the case with my amazing and talented ALA Gateway Board, Committee Chairs and Members. 

It’s hard to believe I am over half-way through my ALA Gateway Chapter Presidency and it’s time to wish Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!  November and December are eventful months for ALA Gateway!

  • On 11/12, please join us at the Life is Better with Chocolate social connection event with DTI and Juris Temps.  We will start the event at A Pizza Story & Bar at 5:30 pm and continue to Kakao Chocolate next door at 7:00 pm.  It’s sure to a fun-filled evening!  Please RSVP to Patty Barbachem at
  • On 11/14, we will be volunteering at Operation Food Search in conjunction with the Operation Backpack Project.  Please contact Sherry Smith to volunteer at
  • Our monthly education session will be at The Cheshire on 11/19.  Josh Bleill will share his story – One Step at a Time:  A Young Marine’s Story of Courage, Hope, and a New Life in the NFL.  Please register on the ALA Gateway Chapter website or email Brenda Deertz at
  • The ALA Gateway Chapter is proudly sponsoring the Diversity Awareness Partnership Awards Dinner which will be held at Windows on Washington on the 11/20.  Several members will be attending the event. 
  • The Holiday Party will be held at Ballpark Village on 12/10.  Vice President, Kara Brostron, has fun things in store for us this year! You won’t want to miss spending time with our supportive Business Partners!

Your Executive Director,

Lisa Waligorski, CLM
Gateway ALA Chapter President, 2014-2015

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