On one Saturday each month, Sandi Miller and her colleague, Carmen Goodwin, would head over to the Clare House shelter to brighten the lives of the kids. On Saturdays, the Moms staying in the shelter clean house. Sandi volunteered to keep the kids busy and loved during that time.
Here at the Foundation, Sandi is the first with her hand up for the monthly visit to serve lunch at Bean’s Cafe. And she’s an enthusiastic participant in team community activities like the United Way Day of Caring.
Even more special are the thousand kindnesses Sandi quietly doles out to the people around her. I remember, in particular, the special care she took to make board meetings comfortable for Mary Louise Rasmuson, who had crossed into her mid-nineties. A special chair, amplifying headphones, a just-for-her-copy of the boardbook in large type.
In the Rasmuson world of grantmakers, nonprofits, politicians and businesses, Sandi has impressed all who encounter her with her professionalism and attention to detail. As the right hand to a board of 11 busy people and a CEO with a crazy schedule, she adeptly brings order to a complex organization.
Over the past 8½ years, she’s perfected the art of the board packet. Sandi is the maestro, directing a collection of inputs into a beautiful whole. Many times I have heard from a new board member, “I’ve sat on many boards and I’ve never had board materials as well put together as these.” From colleagues, “You are so lucky to have Sandi working with you.” So true.
And I suppose that’s why I have been in denial that she would retire some day. As one Rasmuson staffer put it, she’s “the rock” of our organization. As she, herself, puts it, “I’m the Mom.”
Have a happy retirement Sandi Miller. Enjoy your times in your beautiful Wenatchee garden with your wonderful Mike. Alaska will miss you, and no one more than me.