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President's Message
Carla Duls, President

As I write this, the Mid-Atlantic early March weather is toying with us, tempting us to believe that, as a certain well-known groundhog predicted, spring is just around the corner. Yet we know that the early March sun and warmer temperatures can quickly be replaced by cold and biting winds, sleet, and even snow. You can count on one thing. With spring on the horizon, the MRSPA staff is busy making plans for the MRSPA Annual Business Meeting, which will take place this year on May 7 at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland. Delegates from around the state will convene there to transact association business, including adopting the FY 2024-2025 budget and voting on proposed bylaws changes. The Annual Business Meeting (ABM); however, goes beyond just conducting business; it is an opportunity to celebrate the many accomplishments of the association and locals. The ABM program booklet will provide reports from the local associations, detailing the good works achieved around the state. Also included will be reports submitted by the eleven MRSPA standing committees. These reports, along with a slide show presentation, will provide evidence of how MRSPA members illustrate the theme of this year’s meeting, MRSPA: Working Together to Benefit Many. Recently, the entertainment industry has treated us to a plethora of award shows: the Grammys, Golden Globes, SAG awards, and Emmys, among others. The ABM serves as MRSPA’s award show and highlights the many accomplishments of MRSPA and the locals. Recipients of MRSPA scholarships and grants will be invited to share how those programs have benefitted their lives and those of their students. Individual and local community service awardees will be recognized as will locals be celebrated for achievements in membership. After a final opportunity is provided to purchase raffle tickets, winners of the MRSPA Foundation raffle will be drawn. Other winners will be those who benefit from donations made to the Maryland Food Bank through the MRSPA virtual food drive. The election of MRSPA officers for 2024-2025 will also take place at the ABM. Secretary Sharyn Doyle, Anne Arundel County, is seeking her second term as Secretary. Dr. Stephen M. Raucher, Montgomery County, is seeking a second three-year term as Treasurer of MRSPA. Matilda “Tillie” Barckley, Anne Arundel County, and Kathy Campagnoli, Frederick County, are vying for the position of Vice President. Current President-elect Betty Weller, Kent County, will be installed as MRSPA President. The ABM also signals that my term as President is coming to an end. It has been an honor to serve as your President. I enjoyed traveling around the state and visiting with you and thank you for your generous hospitality. Thank you to Executive Director Wanda Twigg, Secretary Frankie McDonnell, Administrative Assistant Lonna Siskind, and Clerical Assistant Heidi Rothert, whose assistance was invaluable. They, together with the Board of Directors, MRSPA committee members, and the MRSPA membership are to be commended for all they do to ensure that MRSPA is indeed able to fulfill its mission: advocating for its members, promoting life-long learning and excellence in education, and promoting community service.

Carla Duls

MRSPA President

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