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Dear Friends,

So often today, we hear about differences - differences in policy, differences of opinion, differences in perspective. I get tired of hearing how people differ. I prefer to focus on what people agree on, what hopes we share, what dreams we aspire to fulfill. To me, figuring out how to get along effectively means all of us have a better chance at achieving our dreams.

For 20 years, Best Buddies has worked to bridge gaps in society, to bring people together, not just despite their differences, but because of them. Each of us has much to offer, and Best Buddies is about giving everyone the chance to participate - to be educated, to work, to have friends, to live the best and happiest life each person can.

It has been my privilege to assist in that effort by supervising the e-Buddies program. For ten years, I've made every match, made many new friends, and had more than one e-Buddy of my own. Beginning in 2010, Bill Maurer will take over the helm of e-Buddies. Bill, as many of you know, has been an instrumental part of the e-Buddies team for nine years. I expect e-Buddies will flourish under his guidance.

I will still be with Best Buddies, focusing entirely on our government relations work. And, I will still be a volunteer for e-Buddies.

Thank you for helping bridge differences and build relationships by being part of Best Buddies. I wish each of you a merry holiday and a joyful new year.

All the best,
Lisa Derx
Vice President

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