I trust you are doing well, and that you had a very Happy Thanksgiving. I also want to wish a Happy Hanukkah to those of you who celebrate.
Well, here we are in the month of December which also means this will be the last message I write to you from the President’s Corner. It sure felt like it wasn’t too long ago that I wrote my very first message, or more accurately recorded my first message, to you. That was ten months ago!
I started my presidency with so much optimism and excitement, and I will end it with even more optimism and excitement. The reason for this is because of YOU! Going into 2021, the NYPCMA Board of Directors had ambitious goals and bold objectives for this chapter. But with the continuous presence of the pandemic, we weren’t able to accomplish all that we had hope. Even though 2021 proved to be another challenging year, I am incredibly proud of what we were able to achieve. We continued to organize programs that are relevant and important to the membership. We continued to do good through our CSR activities. We raised close to $7,000 for the PCMA Foundation with the Chapter Run/Walk Challenge, and we contributed 8500 miles as part of the NYPCMA 2021 Challenge to benefit St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital. And on December 8, we will partner with City Harvest to distribute fresh produce. Please join us!
If we can do so much in a pandemic challenge year, just think about what we can do in a normal year. (Please God, let 2022 be a normal year. PLEASE! Thank You.) This leads me to why I feel even more optimistic and excited for 2022. The NYPCMA Board recently met in Norwich, CT to plan for next year. The discussion and conversation we had were invigorating. Incoming President, Karen Staples, and a Board that is infused with four new Directors have some fantastic ideas to better engage with the membership, to organize program and activities that address your needs, and most importantly to make NYPCMA FUN again. Everything that I heard from the meeting gives me goosebumps. I really can’t wait to be involved with many of these activities in 2022. I hope you will too.
I want to thank my fellow members, Stacey Courtney, Karen Staples, John Teehan, Matt Pizzimenti, Caitlin Hume, Janene Machado, Marisa Blank, Vanessa Bass, and Jackie Huang, on the Board of Directors. It’s my great privilege to work alongside all of you. I am most grateful for your patience, guidance, and friendship. You ROCK!
The last thing I want to say is that I am incredibly honored and humbled to have been your President. Thank you for giving me the opportunity. I really did my best, and I hope that I made all of you proud. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.