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WMPA News & Notes

Annual Meeting - Held Weds, April 10th at Storrowton Tavern, West Springfield, MA

The meeting opened with brief introductions of all in attendance, the announcement of elections, and voting of new, or re-elected board members.   

This year's Board positions up for election were: 

Vice President (Vacant)

Treasurer (Filled)

NFPA Primary (Filled)

Our Vice President, Victoria Rodriguez, unfortunately stepped down from her position after 2 consecutive terms and with no new prospects to fill the vacancy, Deanna Sears, who is also our NFPA Primary, graciously volunteered to fill in until a new Vice President can be found and elected.  Anyone interested?  It's a fun role and really doesn't require a lot of time. Who likes to be the event planner?  We like new ideas and would  love to hear from you.  Victoria, we will miss you! 

Beverly Kibbe, Treasurer, was re-elected into her role that she  graciously stepped into last year (when our then Treasurer had moved on).  Thank you Beverly, we appreciate your time and great work!   

Deanna Sears, NFPA Primary was also re-elected into her role as NFPA Primary where she proudly represents, alongside Nancy,  the WMPA at so many of the other meetings that happen throughout the year, like the upcoming Joint Convention happening  in Denver Colorado or the Annual Convention in Rochester NY being held in October. Have fun Deanna and thank you for all you do! 

This year WMPA did something different at our annual meeting  - we included a speaker, Adam Lafield from Johnson Hill Staffing.  Adam spoke about resume writing and the importance of summaries and objectives, the use of key words to get noticed and what not to include on your resume.  It was a very informative talk and we thank Adam wholeheartedly.  If you are interested in seeing more of what Adam spoke about, see our members only page for links.    

As you know, WMPA likes to give back to the communities we all serve and this years fundraiser of non perishable food and monetary donations was for  Open Pantry Community Services. If you are interested in donating we will be delivering the collection next week when our pro-bono coordinator, Sue, is back from vacation.  Please feel free to reach out and connect with Nancy, or anyone from the board.  We welcome all donations no matter the size. 

Overall, this years Annual meeting was a success for the books.  As a small organization 1/3 of the members present is a great turnout!  Now we need to push that number to get more of you involved and reach further out and bring in new members as well.  We are always looking for new members, ideas, topics of discussion and learning opportunities.  Be active in your association, you never know what you will learn, who you will meet or what opportunities may be waiting. 

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