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President's Message

Hello CSAP Members,

As your 2018 CSAP President, I want to welcome back our returning state presidents, president-elect’s, and past-president members, and say welcome home to our new members.  The reason I say welcome home is that you will soon find that CSAP is an extension of your 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. 

I hope that your New Year has already gotten off to a great start!! If you are like me though, you started with great intentions on resolutions, but have found yourself revising them to make them more attainable.  J  It is my sincere hope that one of your resolutions is to find ways to help your state organizations thrive, and there is no better way to do that than to attend a CSAP Conference.  We have a great slate of speakers to inspire you at our Spring CSAP Conference in St. Louis, May 18-19.  Sessions will cover issues such as:  leadership, mentorship, lobbyists, grants, local and national issues and growing the next generation.  There will also be roundtable discussions to brainstorm and network with other states as well. CSAP, in collaboration with the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), provides information and training on these issues that affect our profession in addition to networking opportunities where state association leaders can share ideas with one another.

Another resolution I hope you have chosen as a state leader is to finds ways to show off your brightest and best, and what better way than through nominating one of your very own for an ASHA or ASHFoundation honor or award. The committee on honors seeks nominations for ASHA awards and encourages you to acknowledge exceptional colleagues for their outstanding contribution(s) and achievement(s). Visit the Awards section of ASHA's website for a detailed description of each award, nomination requirements, FAQs, tips for submitting nominations and instructions on how to start the nomination process. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, March 16 at 3:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time. The deadline for the ASHFoundation Awards: State Clinical Awards, DiCarlo Award, Kleffner Award and the Van Hattum Award is April 13, and you can find the guidelines for nominating individuals for these awards at www.ashfoundation.org. The ASHFoundation also has all of their funding opportunities and deadlines posted on their website as well, so you will want to read about all of their programs, including grants and scholarships that can also benefit your state.

I hope to see each state represented with one or more members of their board at our two-day Spring CSAP Conference in St. Louis on May 18-19, at the Drury Inn at the Arch. I look forward to a fun-filled schedule of learning through sessions, networking and socializing through the welcome reception (May 17), roundtable discussions, lunches and our social on Friday night, where we will have dinner and participate in a live auction before cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals or the Philadelphia Phillies.  Finally, speaking of auction, don’t forget to bring your state item for the sweeps event, and you definitely won’t want to forget to bring cash to participate in our 50/50 raffle, an opportunity where one lucky CSAP member can walk away with hundreds of dollars at the end of our fun-filled conference.

Kami Rowland
CSAP President