May 2017 President's Message

     Spring, a beautiful time of the year! A time to "spring" into new adventures, and a time to "spring" the clocks forward! At times, life seems to spring forward too quickly and before we know it, the year is over and it's all behind us. As my two years as the president of our award winning ABWA chapter is coming to a close, I look back on the time and smile. Thank you for all the good times at our meetings, and thank you for the laughter we so many times shared! Thank you for your friendship and support. The special bond of sisterhood is strong in our league, and I thank you for being the sisters I never had. We have enjoyed a successful two years, complete with great speakers who have continually inspired us to reach higher levels both personally and professionally. 

     Thank you to Sheryl Glore, Angela Johnson and Cindy Schmitt for attending the Regional Conference from April 20 to 22 at the Naples Beach & Golf Resort in Naples.  We had the opportunity to connect with ABWA members throughout our region, and sharpen our leadership skills at the various seminars and workshops.  Please remember to mark your calendar for the 2017 ABWA National Women’s Leadership Conference on October 10—12 at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square in Lancaster, PA.  Sheryl Glore, Cindy Schmitt and I will be there!  Please join us for another opportunity to connect with amazing women throughout our country, and learn from their experiences!

     As the ABWA fiscal year ends, we'll have a new group of women who will maintain our high standards and lead us in new directions. Our new leadership team will take office effective August 1, 2017. Thank you to the 2016/2017 Executive Board!  Vice President, Cindy Schmitt, thank you for your friendship, and for mentoring me and the many other women in our chapter.   You've been a great roommate at conferences!   Catherine Alexander, congratulations as our 2017 Woman of the Year, and as Treasurer, you have kept us within our budget!  Laura Chiesman, our Secretary, you have been a true gem and excellent addition to the Executive Board. As I reflect over the past two years, the highlight has been achieving the Best Practices designation as an award winning chapter during both of those years.  It was a fun and rewarding experience!

     Best of luck to the 2017/2018 slate of officers:  President, Cindy Schmitt; Vice President, Maria Sulick; Secretary, Angela Johnson; and Treasurer, Catherine Alexander!  I know you'll be awesome, and remember, you have my full support!  Please mark your calendar for the May 23 meeting, a very special evening when we elect our 2017/2018 Executive Board and announce the recipient of our 2017 Impact Scholarship!  See you then!


~ Sue Tyson-Parker


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