Surveying the Land to Build a Foundation
In my inaugural post for the Communiqué as the President of the SECSA, I want to thank those whom voted for me and provided their guidance and support. I look forward to the opportunity to begin to establish a course for moving SECSA forward. I want to take a moment to acknowledge the past and then look to the future, including our immediate needs and future outlook.
It is recognized that prior to the formation of a federation, two well established chapters controlled the geographic landscape. Both of these chapters have tremendous history and positive accomplishments, which still benefit their separate memberships today. I also understand there has been some challenges in the past and even some personal situations and politics that have contributed to our current state as a federation. However, for the benefit of all SECSA members, including many like myself who are relatively new, it is time for us to move forward together.
Dr. Mel Weber (East Carolina) and I are currently working together to begin the process so that SECSA can move forward. However, we cannot do so alone (nor do we want to) so we are asking that our members from throughout the SECSA, which includes 9 states, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America to look for the general call for nominations and step up to help us all. We will begin slowly, but we are looking for dedicated and passionate individuals to take leadership roles that will move us all forward. I ask you to please consider a role within the federation and challenge you to help make a difference.
All of us are members of ICHRIE and we all share a passion for hospitality education, research, professional development, and networking for which ICHRIE provides. We are all also members of the SECSA and it would be great to see everyone and to provide additional opportunities beyond the annual conference each summer. The active chapters of our federation firmly support these values for their members in smaller geographic units, and I hope for that benefit they continue to do so. At the same time, our federation, the SECSA, is not currently providing meetings for us (the members), and it is time we (all SECSA members) ensured that these are possible.
Board positions will be filled by new and established faculty from all corners of our large geographic landscape. Maybe these individuals will be from both four-year and two-year schools and hold positions that range from instructors to full professors. Perhaps a web (virtual) meeting and research presentations could occur so that all members could present there work or listen to the presentations of others without incurring more travel expense funds. Or perhaps, at the annual meeting in Orlando, Dallas, or beyond, all members of the SECSA who are attending the conference will also attend our federation meeting. After all, with hundreds of dedicated and passionate members, shouldn’t anything be possible?
I welcome any SECSA member near or far to please reach out to me (Donald.email@example.com or 01 (980) 598-1536), so that we can chat about our future together. I am honored to serve as your SECSA President and am anxious to see how our foundation will be shaped.