President's Message - Megan Pluviose, April 1 2020
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Boston Chapter ALA
President’s Letter – April 2020

 

Dear Fellow Chapter Members and Business Partners,

Serving as your 2020-2021 Boston Chapter President is an honor for which I owe much gratitude (and full credit) to the many Members and Business Partners who have worked so hard to pave the way before me, making the Boston Chapter one of the best (the best!) in the Association. I’d like to extend particular thanks to Amy Egan Cook who is moving off the Board for, essentially, the first time since 2010. She has dedicated an enormous amount of time, energy, passion and creativity to the Chapter, and has been instrumental in its success for more than 10 years. Special recognition is also due to Amy McDuff, who has been a tremendous leader for Chapter this past year. She seamlessly maneuvered an unexpected postponement of the Chapter’s 2019 One Day Leadership Conference & Business Partner Expo, but guided a year so full of educational and networking opportunities that none of us felt we had missed out. Then, last month, she navigated the difficult decision to again postpone the Leadership Conference at the last minute to protect the health and safety of our Members and Business Partners. Her calm under pressure is unmatched. Because of this, along with her many other strengths, I am beyond grateful that she will continue to be fully engaged in the leadership of the Chapter with me this year as Immediate Past President. She has been an extraordinary mentor and friend.

We all find ourselves in uncharted waters as we begin this new year. Our normal methods of working, socializing, and even everyday living have been completely upended. We are finding new ways to support our firms, our families, our communities and ourselves. One thing that will not change is that we have each other. We are all in this together, facing these same challenges, and the camaraderie and support within our membership remains. Perhaps, in this hard time, it will even flourish. I encourage you to remain engaged – with your professional development, with your colleagues, with the Chapter. No one quite understands your daily challenges and frustrations like your fellow Chapter Members and Business Partners. We can offer each other support, understanding, and information on best practices. We can serve one another as a sounding board, or a sanity check. Our Business Partners are experts in solving our problems, and eager to help us in any way they can. Many of them are already offering robust programming and advice – take advantage of what they have to offer. There are many ways we can support each other… the bottom line is that we can and will help one another through this, and come out stronger in the end.

On the professional development front, though our Chapter events have been postponed for the month of April, please know that the Board is working hard on developing new ways to bring these offerings to Members and Business Partners as quickly as possible. We look forward to announcing new opportunities in the coming weeks, and we very much look forward to seeing you all in person when the time is right to do so.

Stay healthy, safe, and sane.

 

Sincerely,

Megan Pluviose
Chapter President, 2020-2021

 

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