As you know, my term as President has ended and I hope that during my term I have been able to make a positive impact on both the current and future of AITP. Thank you for the opportunity to lead and for your patience as I grew in my position. This is definitely one experience I will never forget!
My journey in leading the Association wasn't done alone. I was accompanied by a team of dynamic individuals, both elected and not, who shared in our successes and learned from our failures.
So I would like to take this opportunity to thank a number of people for their hard work and dedication, and without whom running the Association wouldn't have been possible.
In particular I'd like to thank my Executive Vice President, Beth Pirrie, for all her support and encouragement during my term, and all the members of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for their dedication in serving with me.
I would be remiss if I did not recognize the true heroes of this past year, our dedicated task force leaders and committee chairs and their volunteer members. There are not enough words to express the thanks and appreciation of these great leaders. For without their passion and undying commitment to devote thousands of hours of volunteer service, we would not have begun this journey of transformation or achieved any of our 2009 goals. Embracing change is difficult and these volunteers never lost sight of the Association's strategic direction even when our road to success got bumpy or was detoured.
My sincerest thanks to our headquarters team: Eric Hawkinson, our Executive Director, for his mentoring and guidance, Kristine Collins for her tireless work on our 2009 Members Summit and managing our operations, and Melissa Lapsansky for taking care of our members and chapters. I am certain that we can count on their valuable support of the Association this year.
But most importantly, my thanks go out to you, the Members, for all your support during this year of change. For without you, the Association would not exist. It has been my pleasure to serve you.
In closing, I do have one final request. I ask that each of you pledge your continued support to AITP and help our 2010 Association leaders continue our journey to deliver the success our Association deserves.
As you know, we can do this. But only Together.
Happy New Year!
Deborah 2009 Association President 2010 Association Past President