A Message from WAMA's President:
September 27, 2016
In my last message to the membership I took the opportunity to emphasize the importance of the committee structure to the organization, and invited you to get involved in one of the several committees that work to support our membership. I want to thank the many of you who have stepped forward and gotten involved. It has been my pleasure to see the committee ranks grow, and to have the opportunity to interact with many of you through the committee meetings.
As we embark on the final quarter of 2016 we still have a number of important things to accomplish. One of those is the election of new Board members and officers. Right now the Nominating Committee is working diligently to ensure that the vacant Board positions and officer roles are filled with the right people to help advance the goals of the organization.
Another is the setting of the 2017 Legislative agenda for WAMA. The Legislative Committee and the Board are working closely with our partner organizations, through the Washington State Aviation Alliance (WSAA), to assemble a viable plan of action for the 2017 legislative session. Recently an email went out to members seeking input on the legislative priorities of the organization. Please give that some serious thought, and provide your input to the Legislative Committee.
Planning will also begin soon for the 2017 Airport Awareness Day in Olympia. This event has been growing over the last several years, with the 2016 event marking a new milestone, as we added an evening reception to the agenda. This was also the first year that WSAA acted as the lead organization for the event, setting the stage for broader participation from the aviation community. If you have never participated in Airport Awareness Day I encourage you to do so this year. As this event continues to grow, it also gains importance as a way to advance our message with legislators, and to ensure our voices are heard in the Capitol.
Finally, preparations are underway for the 2017 Annual Conference, which will be held at the Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine. I am sure that this beautiful seaside resort, with Mount Baker as a backdrop, will be a fantastic venue for our yearly gathering. Please mark your calendars now for May 2nd through May 4th. We have made some small changes to the conference format for 2017, moving the conference to the middle of the week, and extending the second day by a couple of hours. We hope these changes will improve the conference by allowing more time for communication and collaboration, providing maximum value for your time.
It has been my honor, and my pleasure, to serve as your President this year. Thank you to the many of you who supported and assisted me this year, particularly the Officers and Board Members, and our esteemed Executive Director, Marjy Leggett. I look forward to continuing to work with all of you to improve airports and airport management in Washington in the years to come.