Academic journal article VAHPERD Journal

President's Message

Academic journal article VAHPERD Journal

President's Message

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I have just unpacked from the National Leadership Development Conference that AAHPERD holds in Washington, DC, each year. I've been able to meet president-elects and executive directors from across the nation. It's nice to share solutions, problems, and perspectives with other people who do what you do. But the big event was meeting the staff of our representatives to Congress. I had appointments with staff from Senator Warner and Senator Allen's offices. I was able to discuss our views of funding for PEP grants, Title IX legislation, funding for the Center for Disease Control, No Child Left Behind, and the Obesity Problem. We all deal with the outcome of their decisions every day and they need to know how we and our clientele are affected by their work.

What struck me was how much of an impact small things have in Washington. We see the same thing in our classrooms every day. One minute of talking to someone can make a big difference in what they see, what they believe, and how they act. The same is true of our senators and representatives. When they hear from you--by email, snail mail, phone, or fax-they listen when the numbers start to reach 5 or 10. Imagine the impact an organization whose membership is 1500 could have if even half of the members took 3 minutes to email and share their opinion. When constituents talk, who listens? …

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