Hello LAA Members,
As you know, Anne is stepping down as the President of LAA and I have been asked to be your new President.
Now we are in transition...Our lives are full of transitions, those times between one state of existence and the next. We transition from school to summer vacation. We transition from home to college, from college to work, from work to retirement…and on and on. Our transitions can be viewed as voids we impatiently rush through or we can see them as quiet, in between spaces. These spaces are times for reflection, for sorting and considering what has passed. But they are also times for planning and anticipation…for wondering and dreaming.
We look forward in anticipation…this new world hasn’t been built…it doesn’t exist yet. As we move through our transition time here at the LAA, I would like to encourage you to share your dreams, your wondering, what you are planning and anticipating, with me and with each other.
My job as President is to serve you, our members. I want to hear from you. What are your dreams? What projects would you love to see us tackle?
Think too, about how you can serve each other. Paradoxically, we gain more when we give more, particularly of our time and regard. When we reach out to fellow members, having lunch, discussing our work, getting out of a creative block, we strengthen and grow our community. By volunteering, formally or informally, we charge our personal batteries and charge up our organization in the process.
I look forward to hearing from you in the comments on our website or on FaceBook.
Yours in Creativity,
Helen H. Harrison, President, LAA
“Ch..ch..ch..changes!” 🎼 If you were a David Bowie fan like I was back in the day, you might remember this song. I thought his song seemed an appropriate title for this newsletter. I am sad to say that this will be my last letter to you as your President. I am needing to step down from this position due to health reasons. I do not have a terminal illness, but I do have a chronic condition, which has flared in the last 6 months. Two of my doctors have recommended that I take a break to get my health in order. I will stay on until the end of March, when Helen Harrison will step into that role. She will be voted in at the March board meeting and take over at that point. Helen is an excellent leader, with many talents, a creative spirit, and a compassionate heart. She will make an exceptional and committed President. Maureen Riesco will remain as Vice President and Maureen is working closely with Helen and I to make this transition go as smoothly as possible.
Another change, which is sad for our organization, but exciting for Cindy Mayhew, our administrative assistant, is that she is moving on to explore a business opportunity with a friend. Cindy has been incredibly valuable to our association and to me these past 7 months. She has been very supportive, talented and has brought a calm presence to the work I have done as your President. I could not have done this job without her. We will miss her and we wish her well with her new endeavor! Thank you Cindy!
I also want to thank all of you for entrusting me as your President. I have enjoyed this work, learned so much, grown so much, met so many terrific people and have appreciated seeing our organization make a number of positive changes that will help sustain the mission of LAA. Let’s all support our new President, Helen, and work together to Keep LAA Strong!
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