July 28, 2016, 200 people were
officially welcomed to the ranks of Certified Public
Managers. Two hundred graduates walked across the stage at
Florida State University’s Ruby Diamond Theater to the wild
applause of more than 700 people in attendance. What a
Before the end of summer 2016, we will
see a total of 484 new graduates bringing the total number
of CPM’s in Florida to more than 5500.
I spent the week with these new CPM’s
as they completed Level 8 and were reminded to keep their
eye on the “Big Picture.” Remember that activity? I had the
privilege of meeting with several members of our North
Florida Chapter Board (on a Sunday no less) and enjoyed
hearing their thoughts and opinions. Mostly, I enjoyed
observing what no one said out loud – the pure passion and
dedication of these CPM’s. Chapter members were at Level 8
every day and made an impression – I’m sure they will bring
in several new members as a result.
For me personally, there were many
lessons learned this week and much to think about in
improving the support FSCPM provides. I want to share one
thought with you that can’t wait. Chapter affiliation is
important! I encourage all members to affiliate themselves
with a Chapter – even if you are far away. Choose the
closest chapter and ask to be affiliated (no cost). Why? The
Chapters are sending newsletters, holding regular meetings,
planning symposiums, and providing social network
opportunities. It is a powerful way to stay connected!
Staying connected takes personal commitment – find a way to
make and keep that commitment.
Speaking of Chapters, our Suncoast
Chapter and our North Florida Chapter are both planning
symposiums in the fall! Please go to our website
www.fscpm.org and look
for more information.
Next month – graduations in Bartow and
Eustis – and in September, Southwest Florida will host their
second ever graduation. Wow!
Please call or write anytime!
Your 2016 FSCPM President