First of all, let me apologize that this is the first time I've addressed the organization since I took the office of president. My business had an unprecedented number of HS Senior sessions this summer, and a higher number of total sessions than I've ever had, and I've been short-staffed at the studio for the past 3 months. As a result, I've been working more hours than I've ever had to work, and I am just now starting to come up for air. I could be having worse problems, I guess. It's not an excuse, just an explanation of sorts.
Although you may not be aware of it, we have been busy making things happen in the months since May 1st. We have had three meetings of the Executive Council, which is made up of representatives of the individual chapters and past State presidents. Our last meeting had one of the most successful working sessions of the Membership committee that I've been involved in since I've been on the Board. We had a presence at the PDN PhotoPlus Expo in NYC and made quite a few photographers aware of who we are that had not heard of us, and signed a number of new members on the spot. Several even signed up for the 2017 PPSNYS Workshop already. The FocusNY convention (March 30- April 2, 2017) is shaping up to be one of the biggest and most exciting conventions than we've had in years. If you have not yet set the date aside or peeped the nationally-known speakers or world-class vendors, please stop whatever you are doing and do so (http://ppsnys.com/index.php/focusny-home).
Our new Northern NY chapter had a temporary loss of leadership, and after reaching out to us, Ellen Dunbar (PPSNYS Secretary) and I drove up to Watertown and had a very productive meeting with the members in order to right the ship and get them headed in the right direction. There is a lot of positive energy there among the members, and once they elect new officers and get their feet on the ground, there will be a lot happening there.
So even though it appears to have been quiet, there has been a lot going on. Again, I apologize for the radio silence. It was not intentional and certainly was not what I expected, but rest assured, we have rolled up our sleeves and are making progress, and there has been plenty of activity behind the curtains. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, issues, or suggestions. Just don't be surprised if you get a return e-mail from me at a very, very early hour in the morning. I'll have a pot of coffee on for you.