Letter from the Executive Director - April 2020
Monday, April 27, 2020
NODA Association April Update
We all continue to navigate the blending of our work and home life. There are days with many challenges and other days that go by without a hitch. Either way, we need to remember that we are doing our best every day under difficult circumstances.
Last week we announced the virtual format for those Regional Conferences that moved to an online format. Regions IV, V, VI and VII Regional Conference participants can now view the educational programming with presentations available from all regions. An email was sent last week with a password to access the presentations. I apologize if you received an email announcing the virtual educational programming and you did not register for the conference. The Regional Conference Virtual educational programming is only available for participants who paid to attend the in-person conference. If you did not receive an email with the corrected password for those who registered and paid, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to thank the Regional Conference presenters for their ability and willingness to record their presentations. I also want to thank the Regional Leadership for working with the Association staff to make the virtual educational programming happen. I especially want to thank the Association staff for working on the logistics to build the platform and prepare the virtual educational programming.
The Association Office recently sent a survey to ask members what their educational programming needs are as we head into summer. Please take the time to complete the brief survey. We will be seeking your input until May 8.
In the next month you will see a change to NODA Connect. For the past three years NODA Connect has been powered by a company outside of our membership database and that product came with a large price tag. YourMembership, the company that provides power to our website and membership database, has made significant improvements to their system and is available to NODA complimentary with our subscription. As a result, you will see this changeover complete by the end of May. Watch for additional updates on how to use this new system and how to stay in contact with your peers online.
The NODA Board of Directors held the Spring Board meeting virtually last week. The Board had several strategic conversations around finances, contingency planning and future planning for NODA. You can review the highlights here. I’d like to thank the Board for staying engaged throughout the various times we met and helping to guide conversations as we consider future programming for NODA.
Remember to take time for yourself every day. Give yourself some grace. Take a deep breath and always find some joy. I know you will continue to do great work!
Be well NODA-
Joyce Holl, NODA Executive Director