Volume 1, Number 3SUMMER 2005


President's Message

State Reports

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President's Message
by Howard Thomas, MASFAA President

Greetings and welcome to the summer installment of MASFAA Moments.

The beautiful picture of the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia reminds us that the 43rd annual conference is only a couple of months away. The Executive Council approved a reduction in the registration fee this year and set it at only $175. In addition, room reservations may be made for as little as $79 per night. Given the lower cost and the outstanding program and activities, this is a conference that you can’t afford not to attend. Registration for the conference is available on the MASFAA website.

The conference planning and local arrangements committees are working hard to put the finishing touches on another outstanding conference. JoAnn Ross and Leo Hertling and the planning committee have put together interest sessions that will inform, challenge, and professionally stimulate you. Candi Frazier and the local arrangements committee have met for well over a year to provide you with interesting and fun pre-conference activities and to insure that your visit to Charleston is a memorable one. My sincere thanks go to JoAnn, Leo, Candi and all of the wonderful volunteers who are working to make this a great conference.

As I close out my year as President, I need to thank the membership for giving me the opportunity to serve MASFAA as your president. While it has been time consuming, it been a wonderful professional experience for me. I was pleased to be able to attend seven state association meetings since the Indianapolis conference and I wanted to express my appreciation to each of the state presidents for inviting me and their association members for the warm welcome I received as I traveled to the seven conferences. Between MASFAA duties and attendance at NASFAA board of director activities, I estimated that I traveled approximately 15,000 miles for MASFAA since last October.

As much as I have enjoyed my year as president, it is time for new energy and fresh ideas. I look forward to passing the gavel at the annual conference to my colleague and friend, Dan Mann. MASFAA will be in good hands.


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