Hello, NAAE members!
I write you, today, with a sense of bittersweet. This will be my last "News and Views" post as a member of the NAAE Board of Directors. I'm very much ready to relax a little bit and spend more time with my family. Speaking of which, I want to give a special shout out to my beautiful wife, Angie and our daughter Ella for their support of me as I've served the association. I love you!
My retirement from the Board will begin the first time in nearly 15 years or more that I've had some sort of elected or appointed role within the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT) or NAAE. I remember my first position well. I served as the Section 9 IAVAT Secretary-Treasurer, and I was responsible for taking minutes at our fall and winter meetings and keeping track of the section treasury. I guess things just kind of evolved from there.
In Illinois, you can retire with a full pension after 34 years. If you look at it that way, I have been working for the association for about half of my career. I have to be honest. It really doesn't seem like it's been that long.
I shouldn't let my nostalgia get in the way of my point, though. I really value the opportunities that I've been given to serve the association. When you really look at it, NAAE and our state associations do really good work, and there's a lot of work to be done. No matter where you are in your career, I would encourage you to take a stab at serving in a role.
States, sections, and districts always have things that need to be done. Nationally, we are always looking for good people to serve on committees. There's truly something in which each and every one of us can excel.
Friends, it's been an honor to serve you. Thank you for putting your trust in me. May the end of your semester and your holiday season be filled with blessings!