It’s an honor to serve as your president for the 2021-22 year and I hope we can make it an epic one!
I have two main objectives for this year. First is to do everything in our power to increase volunteerism, especially from our newer members whose unique insights and contributions have the potential to drive PASFAA in contemporary and innovative ways. Second is promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion among our ranks by revamping our “Community and Inclusion” statement as well as creating tangible action items that will direct our work in this area. As you may have heard me say in my acceptance speech, “Together We Are Stronger” is our tagline for this year and, to that end, it’s imperative that all voices be heard, and efforts are encouraged so we can continue to be an epically strong and robust organization.
Our association is making plans to return to in-person events whenever possible, which to me is epic, as I’ve desperately missed being in the presence of my dear colleagues. Some items to consider placing on your calendar: The Don Raley Institute is tentatively planned for June 13-17, 2022, and our annual Conference is scheduled for October 8-12, 2022, at the Penn Stater with a theme of “PASFAA Live”, in celebration of returning to an in-person event and perhaps a wink and a nod to Saturday Night Live…stay tuned for more on that.
While PASFAA will be transitioning to more face-to-face interactions, I suspect that many of us will also be returning to epic holiday gatherings, even if the guest lists are still smaller than usual, but the experiences and memories will be huge. I hope that each of you has interactions this holiday season that will be more meaningful than ever!
In closing, PASFAA is loaded with gifted and accomplished people who make a difference each day they report to work, so please contemplate ways in which you can share your talents with our association. I know that you are already well on your way, but I encourage each of you to BE EPIC!
Don Raley Institute 2022
Location: The Penn Stater