May 30, 2017
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear Members and Friends of the Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago,
The Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago will be 145 years old this year. It has shared an extraordinary history with the City of Chicago which is a feat that few organizations can lay claim to.
During all these years, it has never failed its mission which is equally extraordinary. The annual reports from past and present depict a complete and transparent account of all the activities that reflect the Society's accomplishments moving forward in the 21st century.
We, the President, officers and Board members, are very proud to be able to highlight our achievements. For example, with a limited budget of $43,910 for Education, we were able to give 4 merit scholarships, 19 undergraduate scholarships, 11 stays at Concordia Village, and also $1,000 to help PianoForte offer lessons to underprivileged children. In short, we covered a lot of terrain with these truncated funds. The same holds true for the Culture Committee. We sponsored 10 events with $8,500 and were even able to send an artist representing Chicago to Lucerne for the Chicago Sister City International Program.
As for the benefactions, we continue to allocate funds for the traditional monthly luncheons for our senior citizens which also allows us to check on them and see if somebody needs help.
Even though our funds have not produced any significant uptick in our portfolio, I want to extend our sincere gratitude to the members who, last year, were able to procure $8,500 for the SBS. This campaign was a resounding success, and the donors should be applauded for their contribution.
I hope that readers will acknowledge that we are trying our best to bolster our mission which in turn will continue to cement our ongoing affection for our Swiss origins.
To all my deepest appreciation, Marie-Simone Pavlovich, Ph.D.