Academic journal article VAHPERD Journal

President's Message

Academic journal article VAHPERD Journal

President's Message

Article excerpt

I want to personally invite you to the 72nd annual VAHPERD convention in Virginia Beach, November 5th -8th. Many people have been hard at work making this a great opportunity to learn and grow. I know that it will be something memorable.

The theme of this convention is Reach Out--Reach Up. You could say that it has been the theme of my life. I have been blessed to have so many wonderful mentors who were willing to help me. All I had to do was reach out to them. I bet that you have had some similar experiences. I know there were times that you struggled to find the answer only to realize that someone close to you could provide all that you needed. All you had to do was to reach for them. We all have to reach up in our professional lives. There is always someone who is willing to help if we just have the courage to ask.

I have also been in the position to provide insight to many students. Many times I have talked with people who were trying to find ways to be better professionals. It is always magic when you can provide that person with what they need to move forward in their life. I think back to the times I sat outside of my mentors' offices wondering if I could muster the courage to ask them for help. …

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