Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!


Welcome to 2018 and an exciting year for UMAPP! 

We have a few changes:   The Room Show and Booth Show have changed months; the booth show moves to a new venue at US Bank Stadium; and we are going to bring you more  interactive events and social media posts to keep you in the loop as UMAPP goes to work for us all!

This is also a year to go “back to basics”.  Each of my letters will have an educational focus on UMAPP, committee and board positions and what each role can offer you as you grow professionally and personally.   Our focus is to get more people “in the know” of what UMAPP really does on a regional and even national level and have more of you join us at the board table for meetings.  You are all welcome to join us at any meeting.  Just email myself or Sue Selseth to let us know you’ll be coming. 

In my opinion, the place to start getting more involved on your UMAPP journey is to just join a committee.   Simple as that!

Committee member role definition:  Group of volunteers working as a team on a project or towards an overall goal; a group of persons elected or appointed to perform some service or function.

Join a committee that is around your passion or with people you know and like to work with.   Our current committees are:

Professional Development (Pro Dev)

  •         Fire and Ice Booth Show
  •         Room Show
  •         Government Relations Council (GRC)
  •         Holiday Showcase
  •         Membership
  •         Recognition – Awards and Scholarships
  •         Connects – Member-driven events promoted by UMAPP


Next you can move into the Co-Chairperson role for a year before perhaps moving into the Chairperson role. 

Co-Chair and Chair role definitions:   The chairperson is the highest officer of an organized group such as a board, a committee, or a deliberative assembly.   The chairperson presides over meetings of the assembled group and conducts its business in an orderly fashion.  

Each Chairperson grooms the Co-Chair to take their place.  So you’re mentored the entire way! 

Our goal here is to let people experience being a part of an organization and groom our future leaders.  We look forward to seeing you in one of these spots soon!

The other thing I’d like to do this year is close each letter with an action item for you.  If you don’t know me, I love personal and professional growth and I like to help others with theirs as well!  If we are not challenged in our lives, and businesses, we can remain at the same place forever with no charge or growth.

Reading through a friend’s New Year’s letter, she mentioned a tip that is easy to do.  As we head into this New Year, let’s take baby steps to ensure success!  Let’s start with a new, fresh approach!  Update your voice mail message, change your signature line on your email, even give people a new greeting or closing when you communicate with them.  Send a handwritten note!  A way to use those pens we all like to sell so much!! 

Traveling home to Illinois for the Holiday, I listened to a podcast from “The 1 Thing”.  It stated:

“You are the AVERAGE of the five people you engage with the most.”

 The word “average” always strikes me oddly…who wants to be average?  So I challenge you to choose these five people wisely.  Don’t be average!! 

Thank you for listening and for joining us in 2018 as we take on some fun new challenges and grow!

All the best,


Sandy Nichols, MAS