From the MAPA President

Hello Friends!

Get ready to jump start the Fall season with our September MAPA Seminar at Lake Minnetonka Shores. Julie Reginek will be our featured speaker. The morning session will focus on improving interpersonal skills, and the afternoon session will be about managing time, people and space. What a great day it will be to learn how to improve yourself and your department!

Just a reminder that we will be having elections/nominations in November for several openings on our MAPA board. I encourage all of you to consider one of these positions. It is a great way to be involved; you don’t have to have experience, just a willingness to try and learn as you go. The Board is supportive and helps each other with questions. The new members take office at the start of the new MAPA year/first seminar. We will have a copy of the MAPA open positions at the September meeting, but here is a short description of each position.

MAPA PRESIDENT: Elected position. Two- year commitment. Attends MAPA Seminars. Provides meeting agendas and facilitates Board meetings. Appoints successors to fill in open board positions, approves exceptions or changes to these position.

EDUCATION CHAIR: Appointed position. May be a co-chair position. Two year commitment. Attend MAPA seminars and is a voting member. Research, contact and provide speakers for MAPA seminars. Must make sure that speaker technical needs can be met by host site. Must communicate speaker needs to Hospitality Chair. Print CEU forms to be given out to members after seminar. Good communication skills necessary.

HOSPITALITY CHAIR: Appointed position. Two year commitment must attend MAPA Seminars and is a voting member. Facilitates host sites for MAPA seminars that will provide lunch and/or snacks. Communicates with Education Chair about technical needs at host sites.

A “heads up” that MNSWAP will NOT be mailing postcards this year for the annual fall conference. It will be in St. Cloud Oct 9-11. Check their website: for registration details. Conference registration is now open. I hope to see you all there.

Finally, a big thank you to Karen from Masonic Homes for hosting our April MAPA Seminar. It is always a pleasure going there and seeing their beautiful campus. Please consider your facility for hosting 2020 MAPA Seminars. A stipend is given to offset costs to sites that provide lunch.

And as they say, “See you in September!”

Renee McHugh

MAPA President