AAIDD Texas Chapter President
As I look back on my year as Chapter President, I reflect on the many things this past year has brought to our association and to our field. While the calendar year, and my term as president is winding down, fiscal years are just beginning, and programs are starting over. Another year of services; a time to grow and improve on what we value most: serving others in our community. The year brought many challenges but working alongside each of you has been a joy every step of the way.
We saw the legislative session come with new ideas and changes; challenges we’ll work through for the betterment of services as well as positive enhancements to IDD services. This AAIDD board and its members have been constant in their commitment to share information and bring groups together, constantly advocating for the persons we serve. Connecting and networking to share the most current and accurate updates with other members across the state.
The summer brought the annual AAIDD Texas Chapter Convention. Held in Corpus Christi, it proved to be another successful week of learning and networking. Through the hard work of the planning committees, including this board of directors and other statewide volunteers, the conference was a huge success. Another huge thank you to our sponsors and presenters for your time and donations!
While we shared in many successes, 2019 was also a challenging one. We experienced a great loss within our board and this field with the loss of Melissa Rasco. Melissa spent many years working with the board; she dedicated hours of time and love to the conference planning committees, specifically the silent auction. She will be missed greatly. As we faced this and other challenges, these dedicated board members stepped in to help without hesitation.
It is impossible to recognize everyone contributing to this year but to the board members of the AAIDD Texas Chapter, thank you for allowing me to serve with you. Thank you for your support and encouragement! It has been my honor to serve as president and to learn from each of you what it truly means to be dedicated to service. One of my favorite things about working in this field is that we can learn something new every day. I have learned from all of you and will take those lessons with me throughout my career, and my life. My thanks again for a wonderful year! I am eager to see what great things are on the horizon!
Here’s to 2020!