Executive Director's Message
Wanda Ruffo Twigg
As I watched the Nationals’ journey to and through the World Series Championship, the importance of varied ages, skills, talents, and experiences to the team’s success was on display. How many times did we hear the announcers say that the Nats were the “oldest team in baseball?” How many times did we hear of the new life that the younger players brought to the clubhouse?
How important to their success were the skills, talents and heart it took to win on the road, fighting back after falling behind? And how important was it to have leaders, players, and fans who never stopped believing they had what it took to win?
Clearly, MRSPA and our affiliate local associations are not a championship major league baseball team, but we are similar in many ways. We are successful because of the veteran and newer members who volunteer on committees. Leaders continue to step forward to participate on local and state boards. Recruiting new retirees to our ranks is vital to our ongoing success and to bringing new life and new talent to our clubhouses.
Encouraging members with the skills and talent to keep our Facebook pages, websites and newsletters looking fresh and appealing is important to our recruitment and retention efforts. Organizing successful luncheons, trips, and community service activities also requires skill and experience. Every member brings their skill, talent and experience to our association as we advocate to protect your defined benefit pension and retiree health insurance benefits.Whether team captain, starting pitcher, homerun hitter, bench sitter or fan, every member is vital to our association team success.
Our Association is stronger because we include our veteran players and our young phenoms in our clubhouse. Do you share your skills, talents and experiences with your association? While we may not sing “We are the Champions” at our meetings, we are champions for all of Maryland’s retired school personnel, and we cannot do it without you.
Wanda Ruffo Twigg
MRSPA Executive Director