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MAA President's Message

February Message

My goal for this year is to continue encouraging active participation of our members through the many options for your involvement in MAA.  It is my belief an organization or group is a reflection of how well the association is able to get its members to relate and have a sense of ownership.  MAA is a tool for us to use to strengthen our professional resume through networking and experience.

As an Executive Board we are here to serve you.  We are supported by committees that provide the real source of inspiration and results.  As a member, the opportunity to be on a committee carries many benefits to grow professionally and personally.  From legislative work to golf outings your committee experience is guaranteed to be fun and rewarding. 

As an example, I had the opportunity to attend last year’s MAA schools to promote the 2019 and 2020 annual conferences.  This was eye opening for me to learn how the Education Committee puts together the excellent educational programs that they do.  Because I was on site, Beth Botke (the Education Administrator) and, Sandy Birkenshaw (the Education Chair) found places where I could get involved in helping people grow in our profession.  It was rewarding and fun.  So, please consider looking into committee work, check the MAA web site under committees and reach out to the committee Chair to see where you can get involved.

February will find us finalizing assessment rolls, assessor reviews, and meeting deadlines to get the assessment notices mailed.  In my life I have been in a cyclical businesses outside of Assessing and I have found that, in this line of work and at this time of year, I sleep less.  Please take the time to ensure that you stay healthy and those close to you get your time too. My wife says, “Remember Valentine’s Day”.

Please mark your calendar, August 9, 2020-August 12, 2020 will find us gathering at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, Michigan for our annual summer conference. 

John Dahlquist, President

P.S. As Past President Ruth Scott has expressed, “many hands make light work and there are rarely too many” Join a Committee today!

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Amy Rasmussen, AAS

Des Moines, Iowa

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