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I am so honored
to be a part of a member organization that supports professionals like you in
the field. As a professional organization, MCEA promotes excellence in the
field through professional development, legislative advocacy, legal assistance
and program services. Peter Drucker taught that to achieve results we have to
use all the available strengths, as these strengths are the true opportunities.
"The unique purpose of an organization is to make strength
productive," he wrote. MCEA has the bounty of opportunities found in the
strengths of our board, staff and members, and the unique purpose of the board
to build exceptional excellence. It is the many hours of service from our
member volunteers which allow us to offer high quality conferences and
professional training opportunities, provide legislative advocacy, mentor new
community educators, serve on numerous state wide committees, and support
quality communications with the membership. We thank you for making your
strengths ‘available’ so that we may achieve the desired results.
It is a very
exciting time in the history of Community Education. Our communities and
schools are changing across the state; with them, the work of our profession is
also changing. A critical component of
MCEA is continually providing leadership to meet the needs of our changing
communities. The goals of the board reflect that work. The goals demonstrate
our demand to be more engaged with other educational leaders and strategic
thinkers; to develop resources that members can utilize to respond to diversity
in their communities in order to create inclusive communities; and to
strengthen resources for new leadership and professionals in the field.
I believe that
we have the vision of what we are capable of becoming as a membership
organization and as a service to the field.
Thank you for your part in our vision for Minnesota Community Education
and I can't wait to see what we will achieve together.