Dear Friends,

Happy Summer!

When I was a church administrator in Reno, NV, I remember being told that summer in the church was wonderful because there wasn’t much going on. Because of that, my summers would be easy. As I approached my ninth summer, I wondered when that “easy summer” would make its appearance. It never did! I’m sure you feel the same way.

Preparations for the national conference are in full swing, and it promises to be a very exciting conference. We’ll be in St. Louis – home of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team – and the hotel is directly across the street from Busch Stadium. The team even arranged to play a few home games while we are there. All right. They were actually scheduled several years ago, but they’ll be playing that week anyway!

Last month, the Executive Board met in Louisville. We covered many subjects, areas and interests. The highlights are:

  • We met with Kerry Rice from the Office of the General Assembly to discuss APA’s absence from the Book of Order in the area of certification and the overture that we will be presenting at the 2016 General Assembly. Kerry assured us that the OGA would be addressing the issue of certification regarding APA and others. Since returning from the meeting, several members of the board participated in a survey, and we have learned that a task force will be meeting in October to further pursue the issue of certification.
  • We reviewed the changes that the Bylaws Committee will be bringing forth to the membership.
  • We reviewed the updated Membership Handbook and learned of the plans of the committee. They will be reaching out to all the Life Members to be sure that all our contact information is correct and to get feedback from them on several items.
  • We reviewed the updated Certification Handbook and learned some of the items that the Certification Council has planned. They are diligently studying the possibility of CEU credits for the APA classes.
  • We prepared a rough draft of the 2016 budget.

The meeting produced many ideas, goals for the organization and visions for the future of APA. In other words, it was a success! I thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers.

See you in St. Louis!