“It’s not what you’ve done, it’s what you’re expected to do.”
Michael Rhodes, Principal – California Military Institute.
Not many people come into our lives that have an influence over us, for me Mr. Rhodes is one of those people. He has a strength and kindness that I only wish I could have. That quote was spoken to us last night at a Board meeting by one of his students. I thought it was profound and summed up my feelings about stepping out of my role as President and into my new assignment of Immediate Past President. I hope that I did what I was expected to do and possibly, with any luck, a little bit more.
It started with keeping my eyes open, watching and learning from my predecessors. Organizing an incoming Board that would share my vision, and the fun part, creating an installation program, selected my colors, theme and designing a pin. And then the real work began…
My three goals for the year were to increase membership through community outreach, increase the number of scholarships we gave out and provide relevant professional development for office professionals throughout our state. I am very proud to say, that with the help from a great team we were able to accomplish all of the above.
Of course, the culmination of any CAEOP President is the Annual Conference. I chose the area of Santa Maria for many reasons, but the main one being that we were cultivating membership in that area and I was familiar with the little sleepy city and it is where my love of wine began!
The conference was a success in many ways. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words. I am sharing a few of my favorites with you. What is amazing to me is that not only did we have exceptional workshops and general session speakers, but I have made many new friends and connections from all over the United States.
My experience as your CAEOP President has been rewarding, uplifting, challenging and one of the greatest learning experiences I have ever had in both my professional and personal life; and that, is priceless.
I encourage of all of you to “Stay the Course” as you move forward by “Stepping Into Greatness” with CAEOP.