President’s Message

I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to lead the Southeast Section. Taking the baton from the Past President Connie Curtis, I acknowledge I have big shoes to fill and am thankful for the advise and support from her as well as the the entire leadership. I have served in different roles within the organization and I look forward to fulfilling this role. I know it has been a challenging year so far and that the challenges will continue to present themselves. So, what will 2020-2021 look like? You will be seeing more of virtual events from the Section, expect more procedural changes and topics focused on our community and it’s resiliency. My goals for the Section will be:

Provide value to our membership (all membership) by:

  • Education and training events
  • Initiate and support events for Operators without Borders
  • Encourage and support growth and membership events for underserved sub-committees

Expand the scholarship program by

  • Continuing efforts to raise funding for the current scholarship program
  • Initiating and working in coalition with State to provide scholarships to operators

We have had a successful Section Meeting in May, one planned for August with a very relevant topic and other such events for the rest of the year. All great events put together by us have been successful because of the many talented officers and the volunteers involved. I invite and hope that you continue your participation and contribution to the Section. I would like to hear your thoughts and ideas, expectations from the Section, needs we can fulfil as we all navigate the industry with evolving “standard procedures”. I look forward to hearing from you and continuing growth in this Section.

Thank you,

Pavani Silaparasetty