I am thrilled to be your President during what is shaping up to be a very busy year. I take up the challenge to represent AMANS to the best of my ability. This task will be made much easier with the help of your 2013/14 Board whose members represent a broad spectrum of expertise, knowledge and wisdom. It will be a delight to work with this group of dynamic and dedicated individuals.
While in my role as Vice-President, I had the task of chairing the 2013 Fall Convention Planning Committee, again surrounded by a very dedicated and insightful team of committee members. I was pleased to see so many of you in attendance at the Fall event. In fact, we had record attendance. In times when budgets are tight, it is important to spend training dollars wisely. Judging by the evaluations and feedback that we received, I feel confident that those who attended the event benefited and felt that it was good value for money. This year’s Convention Committee Chair is Vice-President Greg Keefe. I urge members to step up to the plate when asked to serve on his committee.
The Association continues to look at methods to continuously improve and to find new ways to meet the needs and challenges of the changing municipal sector. I encourage you to contact me or the AMA office to give us feedback on how we can build on and improve our service to members. I also urge you to complete a membership survey which will be coming your way shortly. This survey, being developed by the AMA Membership Committee, will help us to determine if the AMA is meeting members’ needs and what other services we can offer.
As we move into the Holiday Season, I would like to extend best wishes for a happy Holiday Season and a New Year filled with peace, joy and success.