Good morning, everyone.
I’m Joni Bauer,
president of the CAOMS statewide board of directors.
Thank you very much for attending this year’s
conference, once again in exquisite Monterey. I hope
you’re enjoying your time here; I know we’re grateful
for the glorious weather!
I’d like to take this
opportunity to recognize and thank the 2013 “Dream
Team”: chairperson Sonja Biggs; Northern CAOMS president
Kara Cenac; conference exhibitor chairperson Mary
D’Apice; Northern CAOMS membership chairperson Gina di
Grazia; the conference AV guys Jason Dugan and Steven
Krauss; registration assistant Daniel Scali; Northern
CAOMS treasurer Erin Foley; Northern CAOMS scholarships
and awards chairperson Rásan Gray; conference volunteer
coordinator Lindsay Hass; Northern CAOMS ways and means
chairperson Julie Holland; and Northern CAOMS continuing
education chairperson Shannon Stice. Please show them
your appreciation for a great conference with a round of
applause. Thank you. And, our conference would not be
without the stellar presenters. We extend our gratitude
to them for sharing their knowledge, enlightening us,
and making us better orientation and mobility
specialists. Thank you.
Tough to believe almost
ten years have passed since I volunteered to serve as
president of the CAOMS statewide board of directors. Our
field continues to grow, but not without growing pains.
We’ve weathered storms and experienced change, and
should plan the same for the future if we are to
maintain the level of professionalism our students
deserve. After all, it’s all about them.
The statewide board
last met at the statewide conference in Riverside,
California on October 23, 2010. I participated
telephonically. Unfortunately, we have not met since due
to lack of a quorum in 2011, 2012 and 2013; however,
statewide treasurer Vince Fazzi, Sr. informed me on
Friday morning that our treasury has a balance of
We discussed in
November, 2009 the need to recruit board members from
both chapters to serve on the statewide board. Indeed,
we’ve been lax. Having said that, I, with mixed
emotions, submit to you my resignation as president of
the statewide board of directors.
feel privileged to have been surrounded by great people
that have made me look good the last ten years. My
appreciation goes to each of you. You are special and
wish all of you the best because you’re absolutely the
best there is. I encourage the rest of you to volunteer
your time and talent to this wonderful organization by
serving on the statewide board of directors. No
experience required, and you’ll receive ACVREP credits!
Again, my thanks to the “Dream Team” and to you for