I find it hard to believe how quickly time flies…it seemed like only last week my good friend Jeff Musinski convinced me to run for Vice Chair of the Illinois Section and here we are…Chair already!
A big thank you needs to go to Dennis Ross for his outstanding term as Chair. There were some very difficult issues that came up during his tenure, and Dennis handled them with sensitivity and professionalism.
I want to take the opportunity to thank the remaining past and current Board members and Committee Chairs for all of the fine work that you have done this past year. I know how much of a sacrifice this can be in the age of "do more with less" and tighter budgets. Please know that your work is greatly appreciated! To all of those who attended WATERCON, again in the age of "do more with less" and tighter budgets, I want to thank you for your participation; and I hope that the conference was a positive experience and you left with more knowledge than you had when you arrived! I think we can say that WATERCON 2012 was a great success thanks in part to all of the members and volunteers who worked so hard to make it happen.
I also want to stress how important it is to be supportive of the time and effort that is put forth by our volunteers. This can be a good lesson for all of us in that whether it is our superior or subordinate, let's try to be supportive of those who wish to volunteer their time to make the Illinois Section an even greater organization.
As the year progresses, you will see that I have several goals I would like to see accomplished as a Section; and it will take effort and participation to see these goals achieved. Remember the mantra of a real estate agent when showing a property? Location, Location, Location! Well, I have always felt strongly that the primary goal of this Section is to continue to provide the best and most convenient and affordable education and training possible…for this reason you will see me use in print and hear me say "Training, Training, Training” and "Education, Education, Education” a lot this next year! There will also be a big push to continue to increase our use of technology through our new website, mobile phone app and social media.
Remember that ACE is coming up in Dallas from June 10-14 and if you have not had the opportunity to attend, I strongly encourage you to do so…it is an incredible experience! Visitation Day is also coming up at Champaign with the Golf Outing on July 26th and Visitation on the 27th. Have a great spring and summer!