Dear Granite State Managers Association Member:
As we come to the close of 2016, on behalf of the Board I would like to thank you for your continuing membership and support. We have listened to your suggestions for training and think that we put together an incredible set of trainings for 2016 and will continue to offer trainings that should benefit you in 2017.
Our conference at Wentworth by the Sea was an incredible experience. The feedback we got was amazing; we all had a great time, learned a lot, and had fantastic exchanges with other GSMA members. The experience of talking with other people who do your job, and picking up valuable information to help you in your job, is immeasurable. Our future trainings are based on what the majority of attendees tell us they would like to have for trainings during the year and at the conference.
This will be my first year as President of GSMA, and I look forward to serving you in that capacity – I have put together an aggressive agenda for the year and hope that we can accomplish all that we need to in 2017.
Our first goal is always to provide you with excellent training opportunities, and we have a strong lineup scheduled for this year, building on what we have done in the past. Thanks to you, GSMA had a great year for training, and we hope that 2017 will be another successful year.
The next task on our list is a complete website update, which we will roll out in the first quarter of 2017. We want to make the website a destination for people to visit, so we have a lot of ideas in mind that we hope will accomplish this goal. We want the website to be interactive, with opportunities for everyone to get valuable information. It should also be a means for people to contact us and give us a sense of what trainings you would like to see in the future. We have started a Facebook page (like us at Granite State Managers Association!) and hope to expand what goes onto that site as well. This is a big undertaking for us (we have real jobs, too), but one that should pay off in helping the members of GSMA with news, signing up for training, and other helpful things.
I also want to review and update our By-Laws. The by-laws are very vague and open-ended at this point, and we hope to tighten them up by the time the conference rolls around in October. We’ll be meeting throughout the year looking at all areas of the bylaws. We have formed a committee comprised of board member s to review the by-laws but are always open to suggestions. Would you like to help? Contact me to find out more.
2017’s fall conference will mark the first Tri-State Conference with Maine and Vermont since 2011. We will be at the North Conway Grand from October 25-27, and we should have a very successful conference this fall. We’re lining up some great educational programs, and working with the two states has been wonderful. Our collective experience and expertise will bring invaluable insight to the conference. Save the date! This should be a conference for the ages. We would also be open for any suggestions you might have regarding the conference.
All of the people who serve on the GSMA Board are dedicated to the success of the organization, and their efforts should not go unnoticed. Everyone on the Board is successful in their full-time jobs and I’m amazed at the work we can accomplish in putting on our trainings for you. Please, if you have the opportunity, thank Darryl Courtenay, Barbara Hall, Tim Kleiner, Mike Loso, Heather Malone, Sharlene McEachern, Laurie Palmeira, Heidi Setien, Paula Usher, and our newest Board member, Denise Pratt. We look forward to serving you in 2017 and putting on some amazing trainings in 2017. Thank you.
Patrick J. Brennick
President, Granite State Managers Association