April 7, 2015
My fellow Floridians, we can consider ourselves very lucky to live in this State for many reasons. The weather, palm trees, Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, great sea food and Disney World... just to name a few.
Many of us know the magic that Disney World has to offer. Walt was very creative when dreaming up his special place to share with all of us. His stories, TV shows and many movies have entertained the majority of us for years. When I think of all the hard work FAHU has done and all we have accomplished this year, it reminds me of the seven dwarfs. Not because of their size but, the way they all worked together and what they were able to accomplish. It truly takes a team to work together to create a successful FAHU year.
To be politically correct, it would not be a good idea to call our volunteers dwarfs so, let's refer to them as our FAHU Mouseketeers. To give you a few examples, we have a symposium, newsletter, media, awards, membership and education Mouseketeers. To see what this team has accomplished, please read our last month's newsletter to appreciate all of their hard work.
Last week, we hosted a very successful Leadership Training workshop which was organized by our President-Elect, Paul Deininger. If you were unable to attend, this is a must for next year.
At our State Board meeting on March 28, the board voted to donate $1,000 to the NAHU Education Foundation. This is a very exciting endeavor for our state. A wellness package containing many items will be delivered to a Boys and Girls Club somewhere within Florida to help promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Please note, it is not too late to send in your LPRT application. The LPRT committee extended the deadline for your application until the end of April. On April 16, all LPRT members are invited to attend a special webinar for LPRT members only. If you qualify for Soaring Eagle, make sure you attend the special meeting in New Orleans at the end of June. Full details are available here.
A special thank you goes out to all FAHU members who sent in articles for the Brokers Making a Difference books that we left with our legislators in Washington, DC. Michele Malooley won a gift certificate for her efforts and enabled Florida to place first within Region 5 and allowed Region 5 to come in second for the country. Job well done by all who participated.
While the NAHU awards deadline has passed, please keep in mind that the new awards year has already begun on April 1. It would be helpful to start planning and collecting your documentation now!
In terms that Walt Disney might use, FAHU has had a magical year and we look forward to more continued success.
See ya real soon!
FAHU 2015-2016 Nominations Report - Barbara Rennard, FAHU Past President
On June 5, 2015, FAHU will elect the new officers of the board for the 2015-2016 year. The newly elected officers will be sworn in at the Awards Dinner held in July in conjunction with our annual Symposium. The nominees for the board positions are as follows:
President:Paul Deininger (Central Florida chapter)
President Elect:Ken Stevenson (Capital Area chapter)
Vice President:Steve Israel (Palm Coast chapter)
Treasurer:Artie Hoffman (Palm Coast chapter)
Secretary:Bob Bodolay (Polk chapter)
Debbie Hediger (Tampa Bay chapter)
Ashley Wynkoop Kapostins (Central Florida chapter)
Immediate Past President:Marilyn Stenger (Southwest chapter)
We want to thank all the above nominees for having the desire to volunteer their time and talents in helping to make FAHU a better organization. Do not miss the Awards Dinner at Symposium where you will have an opportunity to congratulate the newly-elected officers of your organization.