“We must become the change we want to see.” Mahatma Gandhi
These are challenging times for NSPMA. Our country’s economic situation has led us to a new place in our organization’s history. This place compels us to ensure that critical attention is given to each phase of transforming NSPMA into an organization focused on results, focused on priorities, and focused on proactive strategies for surviving these tough times.
As we begin again ……. we acknowledge and sincerely appreciate the hard work and service given by those whose duties and responsibilities we now carry. They make our transition especially significant. With continuance we acknowledge this symbolic transitional period as a time to re-commit and further strengthen communication between National and local organizational factions within our organization. We can do so by focusing on those issues in forum, determining our need to revisit initiatives we’ve already begun, finalize those requiring resolution, and speak to critical issues awaiting our national body. Members of NSPMA have shown great resolve in responding to a call for change. A clear unity of purpose reaffirms our commitment to begin shaping strategies that will move our organization forward.
As we begin again ……. we cannot set out on our journey without determining whether or not we can effectively and successfully satisfy our member expectations, respond to recent concerns raised by our state representatives, or re-establish & re-connect communication links with NSPMA membership. Steps are already being taken by our Executive Director that promises to remedy several concerns voiced during our recent national conference.
As we begin again ……. we assess the way we view our responsibilities, deliver what you’ve requested, seek to achieve measurable results, and help turn around a struggling climate. With frontline professionals like you, it’s possible. It’s not at all about those who will lead NSPMA, but about how we envision our organization’s future and our responsibility to it.
As we begin again ……. my proposal, if you will, is simple. Without being overly ambitious, I visualize (1) a strengthened financial state of affairs by a modest 10-15%, (2) improved communication initiatives to NSPMA membership by 75%, and a state organization or member featured each month on the website (details forthcoming).
We do not ‘stay-the-course.’ We re-invent the course.