Tracy African American
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Yolande Barial Knight
Dear Members and Friends,
It has been an honor to serve as the President of Tracy African American Association the past three years and am looking forward to the next year. We will continue to be an organization that is On Purpose and will provide support and educational opportunities for youth, sponsor and promote educational, cultural and social activities that foster awareness and diversity and create a cooperative environment that unites the Tracy community.
Being on purpose is the reason, intention and determination that propels us as to move in any direction. We need to continue to be Passionately, United!,Real, People, Openly, Striving for Excellence.
This year has been full of change throughout the world, our communities, our schools and our organizations. I have come to believe over this year that change is inevitable and if we don’t change we don’t grow. The situation that our country is experiencing is emblematic of a people who are fighting that change and therefore the pandemic is not only physical but in some respects spiritual.
2022 is indeed a new year with a new direction. We have been recognized by the NAACP of Stockton and the African American Chamber of Commerce of Stockton as an organization that is serving a valuable resource to connect the Tri-Valley. As an organization we cannot steer this ship all by ourselves. Burn out happens and I ask that more of our membership agree to serve on committees to relieve the pressure. We teach our kids to not give up, to go back and finish and to not be afraid to start over again with the insight that this time you are not starting from scratch but from experience. We are experienced, always willing to remember that this organization is about the future of our children and with new eyes and new insight we walk with more deliberate purpose.
There were 5 goals from last year and they were to:
I believe we have had success in a few of these but still there is always more to be done.
I thank each and every one of you in advance for giving of your time, your creative and financial resources and your willingness to work with us to ensure that Tracy African American Association continues its purpose. Tracy African American Association will continue to be the touchstone for our youth and our community in 2022 and going forward.
Sincerely On Purpose,Yolande Barial Knight