With a new year comes new hope, new challenges and new promises.
We're off to a great start with a terrific Executive Committee. Our Chapter leadership will continue to work hard to make our AIA El Paso Chapter even stronger. With their assistance, the planning process has begun for this coming year. This year we hope to; increase membership, collaborate with the student chapter and the Associates, assist the El Paso Architectural Foundation in scholarship fundraising, plan educational events, increase the number of CEU's offered, and update the strategic plan which was last updated in 2008.
The first step undertaken as your Chapter President is the application for the Accreditation of our Chapter. AIA National has requested that all state and local components focus on seven core member services; membership communications, education, advocacy, elevate public awareness, governance, finance and general operations, and membership. After AIA National reviews our application, they will offer assistance in areas that require improvement. While in the process of preparing the required documentation for the application, I am reminded of what a strong Chapter we are and how much work has been done by so many architects to make it what it is today. My appreciation goes out to all of you who have made that commitment to our profession and our community.
With that said, let's take aim to support our fellow architects, to take advantage of our Chapter resources and to become better advocates for our profession. My request to each of you is to engage; volunteer, attend programs and support events, your participation will become its own reward!
Wishing you a successful year in your personal and professional lives. Onward and upward!
Mary J Stills, AIA, CNU-A
2016 AIA El Paso Chapter President