Think of the life you have lived until now as over and, as a dead man, see what’s left as a bonus and live it according to Nature. Love the hand that fate deals you and play it as your own, for what could be more fitting?”
– Marcus Aurelius
The end of the year is here and we are all looking forward to when we can return to meeting and connecting in person. It’s been difficult to say the least, which is especially highlighted right now as we celebrate the holidays in a different way.
As we’ve lived through the difficulty, I hope you’ve been able to learn new things and gain appreciation for the things that matter the most. As a chapter we’ve learned new ways to stay connected and keep learning. Our virtual chapter meetings have continued successfully, and the bi-monthly virtual roundtables have been a favorite addition. Even when we are able to return to normal, some of these things will remain to provide more opportunities for our rural members or when we just can’t get away from the office.
More than anything, I think we are all more grateful than ever for the value and meaning that connecting with each other in IFMA provides. For most of us, involvement in IFMA MSP involves more than maintaining a certification or opportunities to network. Our chapter is a community that provides support, opportunities to grow professionally and personally, and camaraderie. This doesn’t happen automatically. We have such a strong chapter thanks to all of our members who make the time to be involved, and especially from our volunteers who’s passion for the chapter is hard to fully appreciate.
As I ring in the new year at home with my family and think back on everything from 2020 I’m grateful for, I’ll be sure to think of all of you. Thank you for making our IFMA community what it is. I’m anxious to see you all in 2021 and to seeing the chapter continue to thrive.
IFMA MSP Chapter President