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Well, the second conference is over and what a good one it was! Lots of great information and a lot of networking for all to enjoy and take part of. The abundant student turnout (32 in attendance) as well as the disability event created by St. Cloud students seemed to energize everyone at the conference. I heard from many people at the conference that it was a great event.
On a personal note, I would like to thank all who contributed to the gift of assistance towards my some of my medical costs- it will help out a lot. I was not expecting it and way to go getting it done right in front of me.
Thank you to our program committee for doing a great job on both conferences this year. Now that they are both done it means my term is coming soon to an end and I want to thank all of you for your support and help during my recycle presidency and it was an enjoyable time for the second time around. I can’t say it was an easy year, especially while dealing with the health issues I had come up at the same time. Thank you to all for your support during this time, both financially and spiritually, it was greatly appreciated and helpful throughout it all.
I could not have made it through this year without the great board members that have a real passion for what MRA is all about. It was a year of trying to tighten things up and to set things up for the future of MRA. We are working on putting together a fund that will keep our scholarship and grant programs going for many years to come, benefitting students and members in the field. This was also the year of trying to get younger MRA participants involved and excited about the field.
One thing that I heard from many is a feeling that there is nothing that MRA can do to benefit for them therefore they do not get involved. Two things I want to say about that if I may. First, you only get out of something whatever you are willing to put into it. Second, if you don’t let us know where we can improve on meeting your needs and wants, we will not be able to provide improvement. Please let any of the board members know what and how we can do a better job for you. This is something that I take very seriously.
So as the time for this year comes to a close for me there are a few things I want to leave you all with. First is how humbling this year has been for me to see all of the support and caring throughout from all of you with my personal health issues and the efforts made by all of you to benefit MRA. Second, on a personal note, if something is not feeling right regarding your health please go see your doctor about it. I can’t tell you how for me catching things early have been what has kept me taking care of my many different bouts of health issues. And finally I want to let all of you know that we are in very good hands with are upcoming President Amy for 2016. She shares the same vision and drive that I feel I brought to this year and I am looking forward to working with her during my year as Past President.
Let’s all keep working together on moving MRA forward and to keep us growing together this is a very important time for all of us in this field with all that is changing and going on nationally and locally and I have been working on making sure we all will be kept up to date on all that is going on.
It has been an honor and privilege to have been your president for a second time,
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