It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the A-PLUS National President for the next two years. I’m truly humbled, excited, thankful and blessed by the opportunity to represent this great organization. I don’t take this position lightly. I know this is a big responsibility and I know with your support, we will continue to endure, grow and prosper as an organization.
I want to thank Debbie Ector, our outgoing President, for her leadership and for giving me an opportunity to learn and grow as the National Executive Vice President. My gratitude and thanks to Floretta (Flo) Reed, outgoing Chairman of the Board and past National President, for her leadership, support and encouragement. I want to also thank the entire National Executive Board for having the opportunity to work with and to learn from them over the past two years. I look forward to working with the newly elected National Executive Board for the 2016-2018 term. My most sincere and heartfelt thanks to you the membership of A-PLUS for electing me as your President.
We must always remember and give thanks to our founding fathers for their vision, wisdom, courage, and strength. We have come a long way in the past 29 years, but our efforts to develop leaders through training, mentoring, coaching, and leading by example must continue. We have a legacy that we must remember and continue to uphold with hard work, integrity, dignity, tenacity, strength, and faith. As we approach another milestone, our 30th Anniversary as an organization, let’s continue to celebrate and build on our legacy. The 30th Annual National Convention will be held in Philadelphia next year, where it all began. Save the date of April 21-23, 2017 and plan on making it a weeklong celebration in the “City of Brotherly Love”. The hosts Eastern Region and the Philadelphia/South Jersey Chapter, along with the convention committee, are making plans to ensure that the 30th will truly be a celebration to remember. I hope to see every A-PLUS member at the 30th Annual Convention. Start your chapter fundraisers now to help underwrite some cost of your local officers and membership.
I am so proud to serve you as your President. I am so proud to be a part of this great organization that I love and support. I am committed to the Aims and Goals of A-PLUS and I am committed to you the membership. A-PLUS is an “outstanding organization”! Together we can and we will make A-PLUS even more outstanding in the years ahead!