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Chairman's Letter - Wendy J. Wiedenbeck

For NEED, 2014 was another year of delivering comprehensive, objective curriculum about all forms of energy—across the U.S. and even around the globe. And as the discussion or debate about energy resources continued to be front and center, I’m proud of the role the organization played in keeping the dialogue balanced and based on science. NEED has set a high bar for energy curriculum, I’m proud to say that this year, we raised the bar even higher.

The NEED team continues to amaze and impress with their dedication, determination, and passion to carry out the mission of the organization of promoting an energy conscious and educated society. From our newly designed website to the reorganized resource library to our entrée into social media (a shout out to our 1400+ Facebook fans!), all are intended to ease our stakeholders’ journey to credible and critical energy education resources. Students, educators, business, government and community leaders alike have come to rely on NEED’s multi-sided energy education programs. Improving and expanding our delivery systems played a critical role in NEED’s ability to maintain its position of leadership in energy education in 2013.

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, ‘it takes a village!’ At NEED, we are blessed to have a strong village. Our family of students, educators, business and community leaders all served as NEED champions — Champions whose passion and commitment to the organization played an important and critical role in our continued success. Whether you supported our mission financially, gave of your time or gave of your talents, know that we couldn’t have done it without you. It truly takes a village.

At no time is the teams’ hard work and dedication more evident than at Youth Awards. This annual celebration is the culmination of so much hard work across the NEED family and truly showcases our mission in action. As a member of the NEED family, I challenge you to do whatever you can to make participating in this event a priority in the coming year. People learn best by doing. I’m so proud to be a part of an organization that is focused on ‘doing’ and ‘doing’ it so well. Kudos to the ENTIRE VILLAGE for a job well done! I can’t wait to see what you teach us next.


Wendy J. Wiedenbeck