board members developed a clear and unencumbered
strategic vision. This activity was effectively linked with
the AFSA budget process in 2015 and 2016, which was
overseen by AFSA Treasurer Ambassador Charles Ford
and the Finance, Audit, and Management Committee.
The fruit of this strategy has impacted the AFSA opera-
tional structure so that we are aligning resources with
the fundamentals of the vision. These shifts are diffi-
cult, and take time to fully operationalize, but AFSA has
taken significant and responsibly bold steps to enhance
capacity, eliminate waste, and realign. As we have
aligned limited resources to further our goals in 2016,
we have had the business sense to modify activities
where it was strategically necessary to do so.
We also have made substantial strides on governance
and parliamentary procedure, improved human resourc-
es practices, enhanced technological tools, focused
fundraising goals, and have developed new manage-
ment oversight mechanisms for work flow.
In short, AFSA has been a vibrant, healthy, and energetic organization
that has made an impact in 2016. As an organization, AFSA is trans-
forming and continuing to modernize, and we are laying the ground-
work for the future. It is an exciting moment. I hope this report affords
you a window into what we have achieved and where AFSA is headed.