Happy New Year BDPA!
With profound gratitude, I am pleased to serve my second
year as the president of this great association, along with other outstanding
individuals on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee—Dr. Craig Brown
(National Vice President) , Loraine Stewart-David (Vice President of Finance),
Earl Pace (Founder) , Regional Vice Presidents and Director: Teresa Williams,
Fred Smith, Eric Dortch and Coram Rimes;
Pamela Sexton (Vice President of Strategy), Glenda Chappell (Secretary), Milt
Haynes (CIO), and Outside Directors;
William Flowers and Jessie Matthews. I would like to thank this dedicated core
of volunteers and express my appreciation to you for once again serving this
To our members, I am deeply appreciative of your continued
support of BDPA. I personally am grateful to you for the honor you have
bestowed on me and my fellow colleagues on the Board of Directors. We look
forward to working with you in 2013.
As I sit back and think about the task before us, I am
grateful for the trust bestowed while mindful of the sacrifices our founders,
past presidents and long-time volunteers who have tirelessly worked to support
this organization. I would also like to
thank our corporate partners who respond to the call of duty by making sure
this organization continues to exist.
The vision of BDPA, as set forth in our by-laws, can only be
realized when we stand up to serve in whatever capacity – as committee members,
speakers, volunteers, and so on. BDPA needs us. But, more importantly, our
community – the one that we serve – needs us. To that end the vision is clear
for this 2013; we will:
our membership base, including reaching out to college students and building
relationships with college administrations;
with other organizations and associations to further our organizations mission
our members with regular communication via social networks, BDPA Today and BDPA iRadio;
to and involve our members by holding periodic national conference call
professional development by offering cutting edge seminars and panels during
the annual conference.
I am certainly aware that because these are challenging
times and our schedules are ever increasing that we may not achieve everything
we set out to achieve this next year, but fellow colleagues – I am hopeful that
we are poised for great things. In the
spirit of service, I implore you to choose to serve BDPA and your local
community who desperately need us. I
humbly ask you to join us as we endeavor to take BDPA to the next level of
distinction over the next twelve months. As our President Barak Obama once
said, "The challenges we face will not be solve with one meeting in one night.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We
are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are that change that we seek.”
I wish all of you the very best in 2013 and look forward to
working to be the change that we seek.