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MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


Last year I concludedmy remarks with the following quote from WilliamHutchinson Murray (1913- 1996), fromhis 1951 book entitled The Scottish Himalayan Expedition:


KEN MOSESIAN


"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of


initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that themoment one definitely commits oneself, then Providencemoves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole streamof events issues fromthe decision, raising in one's favor allmanner of unforeseen incidents andmeetings andmaterial assistance, which noman could have dreamed would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets: 'whatever you can do, or dreamyou can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, andmagic in it.'"


We lived the past year by those remarks, and what a powerful year it was!


To better serve you, we engaged the innovative teamat Monk Development to build a new website – a six month project that has finally reached completion. The new site is state-of-the-art and beyond.


We are completing a series of 20 Video Fact Sheets, remarkable learning tools that allow people to watch a five-minute overview of each topic, to read the entire fact sheet, or both.


Thanks to our physician, nursing,mental health, legal and adoption advisory councils, our online library has been greatly expanded and old articles have been purged or updated.


Our blog, fresh daily, has a teamof 40 writers contributing to its pages.


We concluded our infertility prevention outreach program– Manicures & Martinis – and had the pleasure of beginning new outreach education work touching people’s lives in areas such as third party reproduction.


We’ve begun speaking to youngmen and women on college campuses about their reproductive health.


We continue to educate hopeful parents at Family Building Tents at LGBT Pride Festivals, and to support the community in their family building efforts, including taking a stand formarriage equality.


Our online grant fromGoogle continues, allowing us to create campaigns that help people find exactly what they need in short order.


In May, we broke a record in terms of website traffic with over 94,000 visits in onemonth.


In September, the CDC convened a conference on Male Reproductive Health. The AFA was proud to have been the catalyst in forming the Male Reproductive Health Alliance (MRHA), withmembers fromCDC, Mens Health Network and the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction. For the better part of 2009 and all of 2010, The AFA took the lead in bringing together members of the MRHA on twice-monthly, then weekly basis, with the intention of creating the conference at CDC. We have also created a pilot public awareness campaign for youngmen 18 – 22 years of age.


We continue to develop our four strategic goals by providing education and support for:


• Trying to Conceive / Trying to Adopt • Infertility Prevention • Male Reproductive Health • LGBT Family Building


We’re building alliances with like-minded organizations in a variety of fields, with an eye to eliminating duplication and filling the gaps.


THE RESOURCES LISTED IN THIS DIRECTORY ARE UNSCREENED AND SHOULD NOT BE VIEWED AS RECOMMENDATIONS OR ENDORSEMENTS, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, BY THE AFA. 5


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