Susan, the co-founder of BODHI and BODHI Australia, died in 2014. This created a huge challenge for us, as we lost Susan's commitment and passion, energy, time (at least 20 hours a week), skills and her advice. In addition, I had to cope with the personal loss.
However, with the help of many people, BODHI is beginning to recover, especially in Australia, where I am based. Donations have fallen by more than 50%, however one substantial and generous donation was received in Susan's memory, from an anonymous donor. It has not yet been spent. BODHI does not have any debt, and we continue to meet our legal requirements to the Treasury Department, which are modest as our annual income remains less than $50,000.
Very briefly, we have:
1. Further separated the two organisations, including by establishing separate websites: this one and BODHI Australia. We have also started to produce slightly different versions of the newsletter.
2. Recruited some new faces to our management committees, including a new President for both BODHI Australia and BODHI (US). This is Dr Devin Bowles, who, like Susan, is a dual citizen of the US and Australia.
3. Continued to produce newsletters, though no longer biannually. The Australian edition of BODHI Times number 50 was finished in February 2017. It can be downloaded here. It is unusually long, 19 pages. Most of its articles can be read separately, on the website.
I hope soon to start work on the 50th issue of the US edition of BODHI Times.