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Oct 2005 Message from the President

by Janet Dodson on October 24, 2005

Wow! School has just begun and at Doane we are already thinking about next year. When does it ever stop? I certainly hope that your summer was seamless and you had time to enjoy the sunshine.

This summer your NeASFAA Board of Directors gathered in York for a day of business. These items of business included purchasing new lap top computers for the treasurer's office and the secretary, as well as many updates from the committee chairs.

As many of you may know, Peggy Tvrdy is now working for CitiBank. This meant that we needed to replace her on the Board. Dean Obenauer graciously agreed to complete the vacant spot. We wish Peggy the best in her new life on the road.

We also talked at length about the future of NeASFAA. This continues to be an on-going conversation with exciting ideas being discovered and explored. I encourage you to contact your sector representative and/or other elected members of NeASFAA about any ideas you have that can help foster NeASFAA's growth.

NeASFAA is a viable organization full of capable, caring members. I certainly understand the issues of being over-whelmed and under-staffed. But does that mean that you can't help out your professional organization maintain its health? Our organization is only as strong as our members. There is magic in being involved. We have the opportunity to read everyday the value of being involved. Please step into the batter's box when contacted to serve. You don't have to run for office, of course it is great if you will, but committee work, training, moderating and/or mentoring new staff are all important tasks and roles each of us must undertake.

I look forward to seeing you at RMASFAA in Jackson Hole October 9 - 12, at decentralized training November 12 in Grand Island or other Nebraska functions where our paths will cross.

Thank you for your dedication to students, their families and our profession. Remember to take care of yourself and your family. Be sure to say thank you for the smiles that others can share with you and most importantly pass that smile on to others. It is amazing what it does to your inner-self! Now enjoy your day!


Janet Dodson

2005 NeASFAA President.