Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Posted by: AEMP
Letting go is a difficult thing to do. I remember when our youngest daughter Sarah started kindergarten, it was me who had a hard time letting go – she was eager and prepared to start a new adventure. She sat at her appointed spot with her hands clasped on top of her new desk and a big grin on her tiny face.
Five years ago, Sarah began attending the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. It’s only a four-hour drive from home, but to me it could have been four days. My baby was growing up – wanting to soar on her own. After we moved her into her dorm, I wasn’t ready to let her go and chafed at the process.
Something else that happened five years ago was the Board of Directors signing a five-year management agreement with NonProfit Resources, knowing that at the end of the agreement Stan and I would be retiring. I thought that we’d have plenty of time to get some projects we were working on completed and things we were dreaming of accomplished.
Five years goes by in a flash. All of a sudden, the end is rushing at us and we realize we have to let go. Wait!
All the projects aren’t done! There is more we could do! Wait! I’m not ready to let go!
But let go I must.
I know that AEMP will be well taken care of by its new management company, AMPED, with the amazing talent Lynda Patterson, FASAE, CAE has put together. I know that Sharon Young, Chris Turek, and Rachel Connor will still be working alongside our amazing volunteer leaders. I know that they will carry the AEMP banner proudly.
I am proud to have been involved in finding an exciting, motivated staff leadership team to take AEMP to new heights. I can’t tell you how excited I am to watch from the bleachers and see where AEMP goes!
Lastly, I am proud of what we have accomplished in these 20 years. In July 1998, Stan and I drove to Dallas and picked up a file cabinet from the retiring executive director. No computer records. Just paper records.
Stan’s first meeting as the executive director was at the Doubletree Hotel in Colorado Springs. Robert “Bob” Turner, CEM with City of St. Petersburg was President. I wasn’t working with AEMP yet, but I actually gave a presentation about how to best utilize the internet. I remember using transparencies during my presentation. My, how things have changed.
Change is a constant. Change can be a good thing.
Thank you AEMP, I have loved working with you and talking with you and making lasting friendships with many of you.
As of December 31, 2018 it will be time for me to once again let go. It won’t be an easy task.