It is hard to believe that it will soon be 2015! It has been a pleasure serving as your President and I look forward to all that the New Year brings!
There are some new faces serving on the MACPO Executive Board. The Board welcomes Peter Monson of Chisago County as the Chair of the Communications Committee. In addition, Debbie Wiome of Isanti County who is the new Chair of the Membership Committee and Samantha Ahrens of Steele County who serves as Vice-Chair. Be sure to explore changes made on the MACPO website!
The Legislative Committee is working hard in preparation for the 2015 Legislative session. Capitol Day is scheduled for Monday, February 9th, 2015 at the Kelly Inn in St. Paul beginning with breakfast. MACPO will again collaborate with several organizations at this event. The program was nicely done last year as legislators and Commissioner Roy presented the current issues facing corrections. I strongly encourage MACPO members to attend this event. A strong presence speaks volumes of the commitment held by professionals in this field.
Also, as a reminder, nomination forms may be completed at any time throughout the year to recognize excellent work in corrections. We all know individuals who go “above and beyond” in the work they do. Please take a few minutes to recognize them for their efforts and dedication. The awards will continue to be awarded at the spring conference in May. The nomination forms are also located on the website and may be completed and submitted easily.
As we prepare for the holiday season, we need to be “extra” mindful that this time of year is not as easy for some of the individuals we have contact with. I recently read an article by one of our local city administrators who shared a personal story of an encounter he had with a woman at the grocery store. She bought a full grocery cart of items to help her son and daughter-in-law who had recently been laid off. He commented to her they are lucky to have someone like her to help them. She replied, “I am lucky to have someone to help.” These words stayed with him from that brief encounter and they stayed with me as I read the story and afterwards. “I am lucky to have someone to help.” This is a powerful statement. We are fortunate to have opportunities to assist others each day in what we do. Sure there are the times that challenge us, but the moments when we truly have been a part of change are moments to be grateful for. Again, we do not know how our words and actions inspire and motivate others. It is meaningful for us as well to be kind, generous and fair to those around us. As always, thank you for the work you do to be “Agents of Change” and know the work you do matters more than you know.
May you and your families enjoy a safe and happy New Year.