From the President
What an exciting time to lead the Michigan Association of Equalization Directors.
This next year’s theme will be “The Roaring Twenties”. The era known as the roaring 20s’ was a time of cultural change. It spanned from the end of WW1 in 1918 to the 1929 Great Depression.
“The Roaring Twenties era was characterized by technological advances and prosperity with new labor-saving inventions that led to the large scale use of automobiles, telephones, the radio, motion pictures and electricity. People challenged traditional ideas and the new morality glorified personal freedom, nonconformists and youth, personified by the fashions and lifestyles of the "flappers" who danced the Charleston to the new music of the Jazz Age in the city speakeasies.” www.american-historama.org
Do you think our “culture” in assessment administration is changing right now? With assessment reform, data standards, new technology, and working toward cooperative partnership opportunities for imagery, we are on the cusp of cultural change.
MAED members need to be leaders and players in this cultural change. Our board, committees and members are already working hard to lead our organization and profession through this change.
It is an honor to serve as your president this year and I look forward to working with all of the members as well as other assessment administration organizations. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or ideas you have as together we work through the changes we face in this profession.
Shila Kiander, President
Michigan Association of Equalization Directors
SAVE THE DATE: 2020 MAED Conference July 19-22, 2020 in Big Rapids, MI
** An Update from the Doug Stover Education Day! **
I want to thank you all for the your participation and engagement at the Doug Stover Education Day held on December 5th, 2019. There were 74 in attendance with 41 counties being represented. This education included presentations from our own membership as well as the Department of Treasury.
We want to continue with this type of education for the 2020 MAED conference and possibly a 2020 Doug Stover Education Day. In order to plan for these events we need your ideas for topics. Please forward your ideas to either Shila Kiander at email@example.com or Michael Woolford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On a personal note, as the end of the year rolls around and our membership is finalizing their studies and reports, I want to wish you all the happiest of holidays. Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of the season, we get wrapped up with presents and forget how important being present with our family and friends really is. I wish you a very Merry Christmas spent with those who are dear to you.