From the MAPA President

Hello MAPA Members,

Think Spring! As I sit writing this, there is yet another snowstorm that has started. With our next MAPA Seminar being on April 4th, if weather is looking bad, make sure to check WCCO for cancellation on the day of our meeting and check our MAPA website. Here's hoping no snow in April!

Our April Seminar is a full day covering two topics with a Taco Bar lunch. The guest speaker is Fay Prairie. Her morning session will cover how to enhance your performance through mindfulness and the research that backs this up. The afternoon session is on practicing mindfulness and putting it to work. I know that most of us are pulled in many directions and we multi-task throughout the day. The topic of Mindfulness sounds like it can really help re-direct some of that stress and help focus attention and awareness to our self and others. What great topics! 

We have had some wonderful speakers over the past year and a half and I would like to thank our Education Chair, Leslie Judge, for doing a great job bringing us these individuals! She has really done well in finding speakers that cover topics of interest that MAPA members have requested. Leslie is now stepping down from this position to focus on other areas, so we now have the Education Chair position open. If you or someone you know would like to take over the position, please contact myself or one of our MAPA board members.

Finally, thanks to Summit Place for hosting our last Seminar. It is enjoyable to have a chance to see where our peers work and get a tour. Don't forget that we are always looking for facilities from around the Metro to host a MAPA Seminar! MAPA represents Region 6 of our State Board, MNSWAP (Metropolitan Activity Professional's Association.) Did you know MAPA (Metropolitan Acivity Professional's Association) represents Anoka, Ramsey, Washington, Hennepin, Dakota, Carver and Scott counties? We are always looking for hosts that represent these areas.

See you soon, stay safe and hope for an early Spring!

Renee McHugh, ADC 

MAPA President