Roll Tide and War Eagle to all you football fans. It’s hard to believe it’s football season again, but I’m personally looking forward to cooler weather. Speaking of weather, our hearts go out to those affected in Louisiana and nearby states suffering from all the flood damage. I know some of you participated in relief efforts to help them. I’m proud of all of you for doing that.
I am enjoying serving as your president and feel that we’re making great strides toward improving our association and making it work for you, the most important people we know!
President-Elect Karen Strickland and her conference committee are working hard to bring you an absolutely fabulous conference in January at The Marriott Legends in Prattville, Alabama. It’s right off I-65 and very convenient. The facility is lovely, and the seminars she is planning will be exciting and educational. She has some exciting news about that, so check it out on the website. Please make plans to attend.
Ashley Dickey and Wendy Myhan attended Legislative Boot Camp in March, where they represented us well. They learned to lobby for our profession, seized the opportunity to meet with legislators, and made lifelong friends along the way. Kudos to Ashley and Wendy for a job well done! Look for news from them about that.
We have tightened our budget this year to hold expenses down but still were able to send two folks, Wendy Myhan and Debbie Isbell, to the NCRA conference in August of this year. They will be sharing news from the conference and things they learned. They also participated in NCSA, which is the National Committee on State Associations, where representatives from each association come together to talk about issues and share solutions. It’s interesting to note that many states share the same concerns Alabama and want our profession to respond to those concerns.
The holidays are approaching; and in closing, let me say that I wish you a joyful and safe holiday season that brings you happiness and many blessings. Thank you for allowing all of us to serve as your Board.
Felicia Blake, President