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ICA's Past, Present, & Future: Engaging Colleagues

Tuesday, March 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Caitlin Sarro
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Current ICA Program Manager, Caitlin Sarro, and ICA colleague Terry Bergdall recently spent 6 days on the road visiting ICA colleagues in St. Louis and Kansas City. As a 50+ year old organization, ICA has a wide network of colleagues whose experience and support has help shape the organization for many years. This trip brought together just a few of those individuals and offered them an opportunity to hear more about ICA’s current work and the long-term organizational vision.  

Each meeting proved to be a happy mix of the past, present, and future. Colleagues reconnected through discussions of how they were first engaged with EI/ICA, how their lives have been shaped by their engagement and how the organization has influenced their current work. Similarly, Caitlin and Terry shared their ICA origin stories, the work they are currently engaged in and how the ICA’s work upholds a value-set that engages our spirit of caring for the world and the belief that all people have something to contribute.

As long-time supporters of ICA, this in-person opportunity to hear about ICA’s current work and future was very valuable to our colleagues. As one colleague put it, they don’t wish to contribute just to fond memories, but rather to support the hope and future that ICA work is building towards.

In addition to getting current on the work of our colleagues, this trip was a variable pilot that is part of the new ICA strategic plan. ICA hopes to double the current members of the Legacy Society as a component of the overall goal of financial viability. Originally launched in 2012, the Legacy Society honors colleagues who support the ICA through a bequest intention or other types of charitable planned gifts. By becoming a member of the Legacy Society, colleagues help ICA meet the challenges of tomorrow by leaving a legacy of promise and possibilities for future generations.

Over the next year there are plans to make similar trips to clusters of colleagues spread nationally.

If you would like to contribute towards this effort or the work of ICA please visit our website here.

If you are interested in additional information on joining the Legacy Society, feel free to contact Caitlin at or call (773) 769-6363.

Our Route
Photos: Caitlin with Carelton & Ellie Stock, Terry with Priscilla Wilson, Mary Lou Hathaway, Pam Blood, Dallas and Donna Ziegenhorn, and Jan Donaldson. Buffalo farm pictures are on Ed and Susan Dillinger's ranch in Westmoreland. [Full Size]