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Community Happenings: A Fond Farewell!

Happy New Year, favorite Community!

Before I share the latest happenings, I want to share some personal news with you all. At the end of this week, I’m leaving Blackbaud.

While I am sad to leave, my heart is even sadder to leave this Community since I have gained so much from the people here (that’s you by the way).

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Every time you celebrated a victory, I cheered for you. Each time you shared your lives, my heart sang. When you commented on my profile or blogs, I smiled. Every Selfie with Shannon or hug at bbcon kept me motivated. Every single person here made me want to be better and do better for the Community.

Why? I’ve come to deeply respect what our members and customers do. You are trying to change the world for the better and you do it with a gung-ho passion and attitude that is unmatched. Or at least you try. laugh 

It has been my sincere pleasure being one of the Blackbaud Community Managers and watch this community grow. Your Community Team has always pushed to keep the Community experience centered on YOU and will do so long after I'm gone.  

Keep going, keep changing the world, and know I'm in your corner cheering and advocating for you. I'm leaving a community of super heroes behind and I can't wait to see what else you all do.

Whos is awesome? You are Blackbaud Community!

Of course, it's never really goodbye. I have setup a personal account here if you’d like to connect with me. I’ll be keeping an eye out to make sure my favorite Community is still trucking along. 

Enough of the smushy stuff, here’s what’s happening in the Community this week:

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Alright, that’s it for now, favorite Community. Thank you for all you have given me since this blog can't do it justice but maybe a thank you dance will suffice:

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Until we meet again!
Posted by Shannon Emery on Jan 7, 2019 8:00 AM America/New_York

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Shannon, I will miss you dearly as a community manager. I'm glad to see you will still be part of the community and of course, I've been following you for years on Twitter already. May you bring as much joy to those around you at your next job as you have at this one.
  • Posted Mon 07 Jan 2019 08:17 AM EST
Good luck with this new phase!
  • Posted Mon 07 Jan 2019 08:23 AM EST
Best of luck to you in your future endeavor! All my best!
  • Posted Mon 07 Jan 2019 08:30 AM EST
Well wishes to you as you move forward on your journey!
  • Posted Mon 07 Jan 2019 08:33 AM EST
Shannon, You will be *so* missed.  You were the first person to welcome me to the community and I have always been happy to see your smiling face or hear your cheerful voice.  Wherever you go, I know you will light up those around you.  I wish you much happiness now and in the future.
  • Posted Mon 07 Jan 2019 08:40 AM EST
OH, NO!! I will miss you, Shannon! Thank you for everything you've done for the Community. Best wishes to you on your next endeavor. <Hugs>
  • Posted Mon 07 Jan 2019 08:44 AM EST
Wishing you the best in your new position! Thank you for your help here.
  • Posted Mon 07 Jan 2019 09:05 AM EST
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But seriously, I will miss your amazing, often hilarious Community Manager posts and look forward to keeping in touch. And it was awesome hanging with you at bbcon this year! Best of luck in your next chapter. <3 <3
  • Posted Mon 07 Jan 2019 09:27 AM EST
Best of luck in your new adventure!
  • Posted Mon 07 Jan 2019 09:46 AM EST
Best of luck to you, Shannon!  We will miss you.  It was a pleasure to meet you at BBCON. Thanks for making my blogging experience so much fun.
  • Posted Mon 07 Jan 2019 10:06 AM EST
Thanks for all you've done!  Good luck in all your future adventures!!
  • Posted Mon 07 Jan 2019 10:17 AM EST
My partner in Community is leaving me! Eternal sad face, but excited for your new position and so happy you are still in this Community. You will be missed by your team, Shannon Emery‍. <3
  • Posted Mon 07 Jan 2019 10:35 AM EST
Best wishes as you embark on a new adventure.
  • Posted Mon 07 Jan 2019 11:05 AM EST
Best wishes for a healthy and joyful future!
  • Posted Mon 07 Jan 2019 11:27 AM EST
Shannon!!!! I am so glad I was able to meet you at BBCON this year. You are such a kind and generous person, and the positive effect you had in this community will be felt long after you log off on Friday. Best wishes on your new adventures and thanks for everything! We will always have analog twitter!

  • Posted Mon 07 Jan 2019 11:39 AM EST
So excited for you on your well deserved journey!  You will be missed sort of, because we will still get together to nerd it out and discuss community management!
  • Posted Mon 07 Jan 2019 12:10 PM EST
Best of luck to you Shannon! 
  • Posted Mon 07 Jan 2019 12:40 PM EST
I was holding off on posting until She was gone, but here goes.  Hoping I don't short out my laptop with my tears, uh I mean sports drink.  Yeah, a manly sports drink.  For those of you that don't know, Shannon has trained both Elizabeth and I for roughly the past 3 months.  And it's been awesome.  Absolutely awesome.  She and Crystal Bruce are absolutely amazing (as you all seem to know).  And now our little herd of four goes down to an odd number.   

I'm fine.  Totally fine.  If I just keep saying I'm fine, you'll all believe me, right?  Well I'm fine.

I'm so happy for you, Shannon!!!!!
  • Posted Mon 07 Jan 2019 01:10 PM EST
Good luck, Shannon! It's been great getting your emails and community messages. I hope the next phase is great for you!
  • Posted Mon 07 Jan 2019 01:51 PM EST
Best of luck! We'll miss you!
  • Posted Mon 07 Jan 2019 03:28 PM EST
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  • Posted Tue 08 Jan 2019 08:28 AM EST
noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo  :(

Will miss you Shannon - but will connect with your personal profile.  Best wishes for whatever is next on your journey - YOU are awesome!!
  • Posted Tue 08 Jan 2019 07:34 AM EST
Hey Shannon. I'm so sorry to see you go, but wish you the best of it all on your next life's adventure! I've enjoyed your ever-present optimism and humor, in addition to the what I've learned from you. Cheers!!
  • Posted Tue 08 Jan 2019 09:13 AM EST
We'll miss you as Community Manager Shannon! I'm glad you'll still be in the community. Best wishes on your next adventure!
  • Posted Tue 08 Jan 2019 10:38 AM EST
Best of luck Shannon Emery‍ on your next chapter! 
  • Posted Thu 10 Jan 2019 03:41 PM EST
All the best!
  • Posted Fri 11 Jan 2019 07:47 AM EST
I'm not crying, you're crying...

Best of luck, dance buddy! We all wish you the very best!
  • Posted Fri 11 Jan 2019 08:30 AM EST
Alright favorite Community, today is my last day and I just wanted to say thank you for all the love this week. It truly has made a difference. Of course, it's not goodbye, it's until I see you all again. Keep up changing the world!

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  • Posted Fri 11 Jan 2019 03:27 PM EST
Good Luck to you as you move towards the next chapter life brings your way!
  • Posted Mon 14 Jan 2019 08:54 AM EST