Happy Holidays CSAPers,
As I prepare to end my year as your 2018 CSAP President, I want to thank each and every one of you for making this year so memorable. I also want to say “Welcome Home” to our new members who might have joined us before the fall conference in Boston or will be joining us at the beginning of 2019. The reason I say Welcome Home is that you will soon find that CSAP (the president’s, past-president’s and president-elect’s of each state) is an extension of your own family. We listen to each other, support each other, have each other’s back when things get tough, and help network to find solutions to make your jobs as presidents of your state organization more manageable and enjoyable. In order to get the most out of CSAP, we ask that each state maintains their membership. By doing so, as issues arise, we can all stay at the forefront of the solutions.
With the holiday season upon us, I hope that each of you are finding some time to enjoy the cooler weather, and in the midst of the hustle and bustle that this season seems to bring, take some time to enjoy cozy socks, a warm fireplace with a peppermint mocha, and some special memories with those you love. I know I am!! Although we are in the final stretch of 2018, it is my sincere hope that each of us will finish strong and continue to find ways to bring attention to our profession while also seeking ways to help our state organizations thrive. As leaders in our state, I see no better way to do this than to review what we’ve learned in Boston, consider piloting the ASHA Leadership Development Program Toolkit that Andrea Falzarano spoke of, and keep in touch with those newfound friendships we made while at the Fall CSAP Conference. We had a great slate of state speakers that inspired us on issues such as: how to work effectively with your management company, how Audiologists and SLPs can work collaboratively on state boards, how to work with your universities and increase your membership and advocacy. Remember, if you have issues in your state, there are probably others who do as well; you are NOT ALONE. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to a CSAP board member, or pose a question on our social media page (don’t forget to sign up as a member if you haven’t done so already). We are truly all here to help one another succeed!
It was so fun to see over 20 new CSAP members attend the Fall CSAP Conference, and with the start of the CSAP Alumni category, I look forward to our conferences being more packed with experiences, ideas and fun. In closing, I want to thank the Craven Management Associates, LLC team for making my year so fun, memorable and enjoyable. I can’t thank each of you enough for your kind words and support as well. I look forward to Deb Burnett taking on the role of CSAP President in 2019. She has some great ideas to further the work of CSAP and continue to make it an organization that encourages leadership, builds relationships, and promotes collaboration between the states. I wish all of those who are rolling off your state board and as members of CSAP the best. Don’t forget the Alumni category because as we say in CSAP “Once a CSAPer, Always a CSAPer!”
Blessings to you and yours this holiday season,
2018 CSAP President