Dear Members and Friends of the Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago,
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
As the newly elected president, I am very much looking forward to the challenges and missions of the SBS of Chicago which, as many of you know, has existed since 1872. The Swiss Benevolent Society's storied existence in Chicago has served the dual purpose of preserving Swiss traditions and providing citizens of Swiss descent with a safety net.
Thanks in large part to our Board, loyal members, volunteers and generous contributors, we have been able to fulfill our mission to this point. However, with the vacancy left behind by the departure of the Swiss Consulate coupled with the challenging economic times, we will have to work harder than ever to maintain the success of the Swiss Benevolent Society. In other words, it is imperative that we make a concerted effort to attract new donations and bolster our overall corporate partnerships.
On behalf of the SBS, I would like to thank everyone involved and dedicated to making all of these wonderful events, scholarships, and sponsorships possible. From the monthly senior gatherings to the Soirée Suisse to the language immersion classes at Concordia Village, we are able to connect and help people of Swiss and non-Swiss descent alike, and share with the world, this marvelous, far-reaching Swiss culture that continues to keep us rooted and inspired. Along with all our several members and contributors, I will strive to guarantee the viability of the SBS of Chicago for countless generations to come.
Marie-Simone Pavlovich, Ph.D.