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President's Message

Friday, December 13, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mary Kay Baker, CCEP, Board of Directors President
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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” – how many times have you heard that refrain since the day after Thanksgiving?!?!?!?!  While I am a huge fan of this time of the year, it also tends to be hectic, a little frantic, and sometimes a (lot) frustrating.  The hustle, the bustle, the “do I have all the decorations up; did I bake enough; did I get enough of/did I buy the right presents for everyone on my list” – all this in addition to the responsibility for events you are planning, the holiday parties you are attending, ensuring that year end work is being completed, and finding just the right holiday station on Sirius radio.  Yikes – that sounds like such a long and daunting list.

This year, I encourage everyone not to worry so much about the “to do” list and encourage you to take time to enjoy the holiday season.  Plan time to get together with friends and family - gather, reminisce, tell funny stories – relive moments you can enjoy, in one way or another….make memories!  Those memories are far more important than the right gifts or (in my case, hopefully not burned) baked goods. 

When January rolls around, it’s a new year for our association – I hope you all return to work rejuvenated and ready to embrace and celebrate all-things ACCED-I.  Our Annual Conference in Providence, RI will be just a few short months away – I encourage you to register for the conference and volunteer in one of the many ways that are available.  Staying engaged and involved is the best way to reap all of our member benefits.

In closing, Kid President and I wish you Happy Holidays and encourage you all to make the world a better place:


Mary Kay

  Mary Kay Baker, CCEP, is the President of the ACCED-I Board of Directors for 2019-2020. She is the Director of Conference Services at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Mary Kay can be reached at (610) 758-5302 or