The week before Halloween turned out to be an exciting week for Communities of Excellence 2026. On Tuesday, Vice-Chair Rick Norling was asked to speak at Live Well San Diego's Partner Appreciation Event. Back in June we finalized an agreement with San Diego's Health and Human Service Agency to test the Community Performance Excellence Framework in San Diego County, so we were thrilled to have the opportunity to share with the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the general public (it was televised) a little about our organization and, more importantly, be able to recognize the amazing accomplishments of Live Well San Diego to date.
Though we only started increasing our social media presence a couple weeks ago, we are already working on expanding our reach by engaging students at two universities in the Midwest. I spoke with Community Performance Excellence Scholars from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN and Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD about how to engage the next generation of leaders in this country and promote the concept of bringing quality principles to communities. As our colleges and universities produce graduates poised to be leaders in businesses and organizations, it is important to educate them about quality principles and instill a sense of responsibility towards our communities at the same time. I look forward to working with these students.
Finally, the latest draft of the Community Performance Excellence Framework is nearly complete. For the past few months, a small team of volunteers has been revising the framework based on feedback from community members in San Diego County. It is now ready to be shared with a small panel of volunteers for additional feedback. Thanks to all who agreed to help!
It's exciting to see all the pieces coming together.
Have a happy and safe Halloween!