First, I would like to give a huge shout out to a wonderful convention!
This years convention was my first as President and I sure hope all that follow run just as smoothly. Tracy Canby was our convention chair, she did a remarkable job and all of her hard work paid off in the end because it went off without a hitch.
We had 72 attendees that included 6 first timers! Deer Creek staff were a pleasure to deal with. If you have never been there you should because it is a beautiful location, the food was outstanding and the staff is very accommodating.
We started out with our Executive Board meeting. President’s reception and appetizers. We even got a chance to learn to square dance, that was fun.
Friday we had our business meeting, heard from our candidates running for National President and Eastern Area Vice President. Closed out our meeting by hearing from our District Manager Panel that included Northern Ohio/Sharon Young and Ohio Valley/Melvin Anderson they were joined by plant managers Monica Nevins and Chris Smith.
Saturday we had Committee reports and training, followed by an outdoor barbecue. We had some pretty fierce competition going with “Jenga”. Also a cupcake eating contest that was entertaining. There was a lot of good times and laughing.
Sunday started out with Committee reports and we moved on to elections.
We had four positions to vote for board members.
Secretary/Treasuer Bill Judge
Executive Vice President Tracy Canby
Vice President Laura Reese
Vice President Dawn Woods
The new term starts November 1, 2018
So please grab the opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our new officers.
This year we did not have awards for “Lifetime Achievement “ or”Postmaster of the year” as we did not have any nominations.
Looking forward to next year take a minute to think about nominating someone who would be a great candidate for these two awards and nominate them.
If you didn’t attend our convention this year you missed out on a very enjoyable event. Please make plans to attend next year at Kalahari on June 6-9, 2018.
We need each and everyone of you to participate in UPMA.
We are stronger together,
Deb Justice, President Ohio UPMA