A big Spirited howdy Texas ALP!
Well, the time has come for me to saddle up and take the reins. I honestly do not know where the past three years have gone but I can truly say it has been an exciting ride!
I have been a member of our tri-level association since 2008. The first Texas ALP Conference I attended was hosted by Austin LPA. Ms. Patti Heaney extended such a warm welcome to me as a first timer, I felt at home right from the start. That’s what I call true Texas Spirit! Since this was my first appearance at any association meeting, naturally members of the Houston chapter, Rita and Helene, rassled me away and the rest is history.
This brings me to my theme, Spirit of Texas ALP … Believe … Achieve … Succeed. It is my desire to instill that true Texas Spirit I felt at the Austin conference years ago, in the coming year. Our mission is to engage and inspire, but first we must engage and inspire ourselves. Unleash the Spirit within to experience the joy of service, creativity, passion for learning, personal and professional development, and to support the association we all know and love, Texas ALP!
I am proud to be a member of our tri-level association and I am honored to be your president. I am so thankful for our officers, Michelle, Laura, Theresa Ann, and Helene, and all of the committee chairs; together, with the support of our membership, we are sure to have a successful and Spirited year. I am grateful for the mentors who are among us — Donna, Julie, Helene, and Faynell immediately come to mind — who have paved the way for us to follow and who are always there for support, Spirited leaders.
The focus this year will be on Education and Certification. The chairs, Marty and Carol, are exceptional in this area, so be on the lookout for dates, topics, and training.
I look forward to serving you in the coming year; my door, phone, or e-mail is always open, so please feel free to contact me with any comments or suggestions you may have during the year ahead.
I leave you with the following quote by Henry Ford: “Coming Together is a Beginning, Staying Together is Progress, and Working Together is Success!”
Diane M. Stanley, RP Emeritus