April 21, 2015
Dear PFLAG Modesto friends and supporters,
It is with no small amount of regret that we announce the
closure of PFLAG Modesto following our April 21 meeting.
Over the last several years, the organization has faced a
number of difficulties. We have seen declines in both membership and attendance
at meetings, which have in turn led to challenges in finding and retaining
volunteers to help manage PFLAG Modesto’s day-to-day operations.
Without a doubt, many of our difficulties can be attributed
to the growing acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people
within our community – something we take great pride in having had a small part
in fostering. But the aforementioned challenges have reached a point where it
is no longer sustainable to keep PFLAG Modesto open for business.
Since Norman Rostad and Linda Warden started this chapter nearly
22 years ago, it has gone through many changes and there can be no doubt that
PFLAG Modesto has had a positive impact on Stanislaus County
and the surrounding area. We have tirelessly advocated for our LGBTQ brothers
and sisters who for too long did not have a voice, and we’re pleased to see
their own voices are gaining strength and their allies are growing in number.
And we’re proud of the fact that our last public act was to
support this year’s Rainbow Prom for area high school students as we have done
for the last several years. We’re pleased to report that the prom will continue
for years to come, since it is now capable of sustaining itself without
depending on PFLAG Modesto.
In the next few months, the PFLAG Modesto board will go
through the steps of closing the chapter. Rest assured that we will continue to
do good things as we disperse our treasury to other LGBTQ advocates in the
On behalf of everyone who has ever walked through our doors
looking for help, used our services and benefited from PFLAG Modesto, we thank
our supporters from the bottom of our hearts. It is because of you that we have
been able to offer help and support in this community for 22 years, and we hope
you’ll continue to lend your time, money and voices to other LGBTQ advocates in
In grateful solidarity,
The PFLAG Modesto
Board of Directors