“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” ― Andy Warhol,
Changes take time. Usually more time then we think they will. That is why 2013 is going to be a great year for NAI. Not only will we be celebrating our 25th anniversary as an organization, but many of the changes that have been “in the works” for some time now will finally be unveiled.
The first of these is the redesign of the website, http://www.interpnet.com. Staff is still adding final touches to the site and transferring last bits of information from the old site, but I am sure that you all agree that it is cleaner and easier to navigate.
Staff is also putting the finishing touches on the new data management software. The most recent issue of our newsletter NAI Now included instructions on how to log on as a member, giving you complete control of your own data within the system. No more worries about misspelled names, incorrect addresses, etc – you will have the ability to update your own information.
We are also adding new “voices” to the NAI Blog. Vice President for Administration Cem Basman and Vice President for Programs John Luzader will join the Executive Director and me here, each of us posting on consecutive Tuesdays.
Some of the changes may seem less exciting than others. Maybe not all of you are as thrilled that new policy manuals made necessary by the changes to the by-laws last year will be developed. But for those of you who love getting their hands into important administrative work these represent, we are looking for volunteers to be part of several committees. The reorganization task Force, led by Linda Strand will now turn its efforts to member services. We will continue to solicit feedback and listen to members.
Most excitingly, we are coming to the end of the search process for a new executive director and hope to make an announcement in the next few weeks. In the meantime interim executive director Paul Caputo continues to do an outstanding job.
Winston Churchill said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” I am not sure about perfection, but I do know that 2013 will be a year of great changes for NAI.
— Amy Lethbridge, NAI President