President's Column

UMAPP Members,

WOW!  I can hardly believe it is time to write my final letter as President of UMAPP for 2018.

I am truly grateful for the members' approval and having me as your President this past year.  I am very thankful for your listening ear as I go on about volunteerism, positive thinking and goal setting!   Three of my favorite things!  I appreciate your patience with me as I truly grew into this role along the way.

I want to thank the many leaders that came before me and helped guide me through this year.  My one resounding piece of advice given to me from a former President was “You must always do what is best for the membership”.  This was the one core idea that helped me make many decisions this year.   Each of these decisions truly belongs to the association members, not to me or the Executive Board.  We are just the voice of the members.

A big thank you also goes out to our Executive Board, committee chairs and committee members.  We tried some new things this year and I feel we truly grew as an association.  We took some leaps of faith that helped us move in a new direction and be strong enough as a team to dig in and make it happen.   These people also lived through my email and text messages being “hacked” and receiving some rather “odd” messages my me!!   But some fun did come out of this ordeal that helped to keep things light and also built some great deeper friendships.

A big THANK YOU to Sue Selseth!   As usual, she rose to the challenge and took great care of me as I tried to step into this role to serve the members.  She is a great asset to our association and keeps us all on track! 

As President Carter Sharp stated last year, “Gosh, just when I was getting the hang of this, it’s time to move on.”  This is such a true statement!  But move on I must.  We have to remember to do our best, mentor new leaders, and move out of the way.

At the end of the year, it will be time to hand the gavel to Chris Thies.   Chris will step into this roll and bring us a fresh, younger outlook that every association is looking for.  He has done an excellent job engaging the membership with the CONNECTS committee and getting members out for casual conversation and fun events. 

I am excited for what new challenges are in store for UMAPP and proud of what we accomplished this year. 

Thank you all for the opportunity to learn and grow as your UMAPP President 2018.

All the very best, today and always,