November/December President's Message

Nancy Eklund, AICP

Happy New Year!

Every new year, I make a list of what I hope to accomplish in the coming year.  Some items make the list every year: go to the gym at least three times a week, read a book a month, catch up on email, stay on top of my schedule.  Usually by February, I have started to falter on my hopes for personal reformation, but I try to remain steadfast on my most important commitment -- as grand as it seems -- to try to make a difference in the world! 

As planners, I’m pretty sure you have similar hopes for your efforts in the world (or you wouldn’t be planners!).  Our communities all have huge challenges that need attention and solutions, but with your dedication, intelligence, professionalism, and good humor, I’m pretty sure we can move the dial.  This is where the Washington APA Chapter comes in … to help Washington Planners in their work by sharing information, ideas, and friendship.

There are a lot of things going on in the Chapter (so numerous they can’t all be listed here): conferences and conference planning, awards, training, Section activities, AICP exam prep, University activities, etc.  It all starts with volunteers.  Being active in APA as a volunteer provides you with the opportunity to give back to the profession, to work with colleagues from throughout the state, and to enjoy the camaraderie of your peers.  Here are some opportunities to get involved (contact me if you are interested):

  • Planning for the 2020 Oregon/Washington Conference is starting up now – let me know if you are interested in being on the committee.  (include link with my email address)
  • Participate on a Board committee – we still have a few open positions:
    • Legislative Committee – learn more
    • Communications Committee (newsletter, website, etc.)
    • Professional Development Officer Co-chairs
    • Awards Committee
    • Membership Committee
    • Planning Official Development Officer
    • Sponsorship Program
    • Climate and Sustainability Initiative
    • Emerging Professionals
    • Special Initiatives
      • Developing a Financial Sustainability Plan for the Chapter
      • Coordination with Planning Schools in Washington

Jump into the New Year – Dream Big!  Work Hard!  Laugh Often!  (and volunteer!!)

Nancy Eklund, AICP  ([email protected])

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