I’m pleased with this
opportunity to express my gratitude for friends and colleagues who,
collectively and collaboratively, have brought our profession and its
accomplishments to this point and who will carry progress forward. Individually
we provide meaningful support to our organizations, but, we do so with the
benefit of others – others within and outside our organizations. Participation
in organizations like ACCE provides richness – ideas and information we use and
share. Importantly, participation advances our profession beyond the ability of
any individual. In my own experience I learned what could become of the full
extent of my responsibilities by communicating with more experienced
professionals and my enthusiasm grew from their sharing and encouragement.
Inspired by their successes and accomplishments I too became a catalyst for
collaboration within my organization and in ACCE and AAMI: publishing,
presenting, chairing committees and holding office. Each commitment paid
dividends in my own career, provided meaningful friendships, and created
memories lasting into retirement.