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President’s Message for December 2013

02 Dec 2013 2:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

December 1, 2013

As the end of the year arrives FAPAC has many things to be thankful for. The organization is surviving the sequestration and other headwinds and membership is growing, with the milestone of 100 Lifetime Members crossed in August. It does not guarantee that the future is easy, but we are confident that working together we can continue to move forward.

Those of us who are fortune to be able to spend time with our loved one should also be appreciative of our military, including our FAPAC members, who are stationed in different part of the globe away from home, protecting our security. Also we must not forget those in the law enforcement and emergency response, e.g. NTSB members who responded to the train derailment in New York over the weekend and others who are working through the holidays at our airports, highways, ports and other components of the transportation system to make sure we can have a safe journey.

The Conference Committee is kicking off the planning efforts on December 7 for the 2014 National Training Program to be held May 5-9 at the Sheraton Charlotte in North Carolina. Solicitation for presenters of workshops has been sent out.  If you are interested in being part of it please drop a note to fapac@fapac.org.

A Holiday Event is being set for January 12 and a team under Executive Secretary Liqun Wong is working on the details. More information will be posted soon.

A dialog is opened with NIH to discuss how FAPAC and the agency can collaborate and advance our missions. We hope to initiate similar discussions with other agencies. If you can help, let me hear from you.

Early next year I will be appointing a committee to help celebrate FAPAC’s 30th Anniversary in Washington, during the 2015 National Training Program.

The FAPAC Mentoring Program is starting its second class. If you wish to be a mentor let us know as soon as possible.

If you are not a member or have not renewed your membership, you can do so on-line at www.fapac.org at the price of a cup of coffee a month. Being an active member you can extend your network and reap the benefit of being part of a growing organization.

The Newsletter for October is out. If you want to submit an article for the January issue, please submit to president@fapac.org  no later than December 15 to be included.

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