July 2017 Newsletter – ASNT President’s Message
Happy 4th of July!
For Independence Day, we in the United States celebrate the official birth of a new nation as we broke free of the British Empire almost 250 years ago.
This holiday brings on bold patriotic themes, thoughts of the “motherland” and strong protective instincts among us. Our families come together, and people remember the past and focus on memories, sometimes very emotional in nature or tough to process. Maybe it’s happening like that on its own, or maybe it’s getting some help from the Sun – it *is* passing through the sign of Cancer right now, after all. All those things sound very Cancerian, don’t you think?
Our ASNT group is also celebrating a new birth of sorts – the birth of a new Board. I’d like to thank our previous Board members – Marie Loeb, who has served as our President and has been elected as our new Treasurer; Christy Hall, who has served as Programs Director and has been elected as our new Secretary; and Sylvia Dunton, who has served as our Hospitality Chair. We gained a new Hospitality Chair, Linda Gregory, and we continue to have Chris Light as Newsletter and Ryhan Butler as Membership Chair.
I might even go so far as to call this a “stellar” cast, but I know you would see right through that obvious astrological word play. So I’ll steer clear from the groan-worthy puns and just say the new board has aspects sure to please, and there will be elements everyone will enjoy, at least to a degree. A sign of a productive board is to be squarely aligned with its members, and not eclipse its charter, so we cast our focus on your needs. Hopefully there’s no opposition to this goal, and we’re given the latitude to succeed. We just have to “plan it” and get it done. We could use your help to get our house in order–– Programs Chair and Publicity are the two remaining positions that still remain void and we’d rather they become full.
We look forward to serving you in this coming year.
ASNT President 2017-2019