Readying for ACA (44 days and counting down) February 11, 2014
Alright, I have to begin with telling everyone how extremely excited I am about presenting at the BIG conference on the BIG island of Oahu. When my colleague, Maricruz Ramos and I begin working on our proposal last year, we were hopeful about being selected to present on a subject that we are both passionate about, but were fully prepared to hear the thanks, but not this time e-mail.
When we received the notification last September that our proposal was accepted, we could not contain our joy; then came the “icing on the cake”, that only 17% of all the proposals submitted were chosen for the distinguished honor of presenting at this national conference for counselors. At this point, the magnitude of this privilege begin to register with my brain, that we will have the rare opportunity to share the great work that we do with mentoring and counseling to a broad national audience of not only our peers, but to others who are distinguished leaders and role models committed to promoting the best practices in this work that we so humbly do called counseling.
Now this week we are submitting our bio’s and a picture (oh and that’s a story all by itself) and our handouts, so that we don’t have to bring 100 copies of each handout on the plane with us. (Thank you!) Additionally, with the weather being so brutal the past few months, needless to say that I am so looking forward to a temporary physical and mental escape to this place described as a “tropical paradise”. As President Elect of IAMC (my official tenure begins August 2014), I will continue to provide you with more updates on my experiences at the conference (hoping that some of you will be joining me there). In the meantime, I want to thank Annette Lonnie (Past-President 2012/2013), for her leadership with IAMC this year in carrying on the torch long after her tenure was up. Since this year’s elected IAMC President moved out of the state, long term IAMC member and supporter Rodney Bullock and I volunteered to work together to co-lead this group for the remainder of this year.
Please feel free to share any thoughts and ideas that you have for promoting IAMC and any events or activities that you would like to work with us on in the future. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and Mr. Bullock at email@example.com Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing some of you at ACA!
President Elect IAMC