President’s Message

Greetings and salutations Southeast Chapter members! I hope that 2017 is keeping everyone busy and you are ready for summer just around the corner.

I am very honored and excited to be elected President of the Southeast Chapter for the next 2 years. I would like to thank Melanie McCaleb for her service and hard work as our Past President and I look forward to learning more from her on what it takes to be a great President as she was.

We have many great training events lined up for 2017 and schedules and dates are available on our webpage. Please check the webpage periodically so you do not miss out on any of our outstanding training opportunities.

The 2017 Environmental Connection Conference was held in our region this past February in Atlanta, GA. Thanks go out to all of you that attended the Southeast Chapter Meeting and Social event. It was great seeing members and non-members socializing, networking and having a wonderful time. During the Awards Luncheon the Southeast Chapter received the Innovation in Education ward from IECA. This was a great honor and is the direct result of dedication of the Southeast Chapter Officers and members. Next year the 2018 Environmental Connection Conference will be held in Long Beach, CA from February 11-14.

Our Chapter continues to strive to provide the best services for our members. As President, I would like to see our chapter membership involvement expand. We have a great core group of Officers and members that volunteer countless hours to provide the great training opportunities for our Chapter. I would like to see more of our over 320 Southeast Chapter members become involved. We look to provide new local opportunities throughout the Chapter for all members to participate in. These opportunities may include but are not limited to lunch-and-learns and after hour socials with other local members and State Representatives. Please stay tuned as we schedule these events. We look forward to expanding the resources and services for all of our members.

If you have any comments, questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or the other Officers. I look forward to working with you in the next 2 years.

J.P. Johns

2017/2018 Southeast Chapter President