Dear Members and Friends: My first job as President for 2011 is to wish all of you a very happy new year. I would also like to extend my deepest appreciation to Bill Petzinger for his leadership and hard work during his presidency which began March 2009 and ran through December 2010.
I am delighted to announce that the following NJCAMA members have joined the board of directors: Erin Higgins, Gil Howard, Steve Lubetkin, Jennifer Pierce, and Rosanne Zack. As a volunteer-run organization, it’s important to find people with not only the skill and professionalism but with dedication. Returning to the board are folks who exemplify these qualities: Beth Brody, Nina Malone, Ellie Patounas, Bill Petzinger, Stephanie Sharp and Larry Trink. They made 2010 a great year for NJCAMA and I’d like to personally thank each one of them.
The year is moving forward quickly and we are planning many exciting programs and events to support our members’ professional needs and interests. Among them are
- Astra Awards
- NJCAMA’s 25th Anniversary Celebration
- Important programs featuring practitioners and experts
- Networking events (free for members)
- Roundtable discussions (free to members)
- Professional development
- Annual holiday party
- Discount membership
We are putting the finishing touches on a new strategic plan, the details of which we will share with you soon. As part of this plan, we will look at the very fundamentals of what we do and how we do it. For example, how does the NJCAMA board best serve the interests of our members? Do our speaker programs meet the needs of all members? How can we build a dynamic association of members and experts, online and offline?
Your input, ideas and feedback are of great value and we will make every effort to ensure that NJCAMA will find new ways to engage and collaborate in 2011.
So, small steps at first perhaps, but important ones and in the right direction. I look forward to it.
P.S. – The deadline for joining CAMA at the discount rate expires today. Renew your membership or join today and take advantage of these low rates by visiting our website.