One of my favorite holiday stories is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The visions of Victorian Christmases, delicious seasonal food and drink, warm family gatherings, a festive generosity of spirit, and the transformation of the main character Ebenezer Scrooge really puts things in perspective for me. As you may recall, Scrooge was visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.
These themes remind me of FAPAC’s past, present and future, which the officers and board of directors have been working on assiduously for the past year. It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through our terms.
As I reflect on the past year and contemplate FAPAC’s future, here are three thoughts:
- At the beginning of my term in October 2016, or FAPAC’s past, we had over 600 members. Now we have over 1,800 members.
- In the present, we’re already working on recruiting potential officers through the 2018 Leadership Shadowing Program that start on Jan 19, 2018 and setting up our online voting for officer elections in August 2018. Our Career Development Program for 2018 is scheduled to kick off in February 2018. In addition, we are working hard to prepare for FAPAC’s National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) in May 2018. The NLTP will be held at the Sheraton Pentagon City near the Air Force Memorial in Northern Virginia. We’ll need everyone’s assistance to make this the best training event ever.
- You may have received notifications about FAPAC’s future in terms of the development of FAPAC’s first ever strategic plan for the next five years. This is our road map to FAPAC’s 5 year successful plan. It’s important that we know where we came from and where we want to go long after my term ends.
I, for one, feel blessed to be working with the National Board of Directors (NBOD) and the National Board of Operations (NBOO), surrounded by so many dedicated and talented volunteers. I am extremely grateful to be elected President 15 months ago and thankful to you, our members. Together, we can work to transform FAPAC into an organization we can be proud to call our own. Have a joyous holiday season. I look forward to working with each of you in the New Year. I also hope that you make a special effort this holiday season to spend time with those you love and thank them for their presence and role in your life.