Dear Colleagues,

I can’t believe that in a few days it will be 2019!   The end of the year means that I will have completed my two-year term as SDAPA Section Director. For me, the past two years have been full of exciting events and activities, from PNOs and movie nights, to hikes and kayaks, to stimulating and timely lunch panel discussions, YPG learning, networking and mentorship, AICP training, our Awards gala and Holiday party, and, of course, hosting one of the best Chapter conferences ever.

What has been my favorite part of being SDAPA Section Director?   I am particularly grateful for the many SDAPA Board members who volunteer to make all our wonderful activities and events happen.  I feel so fortunate to have been able to work with our many Board members, both past and present, who have enriched my experience, and who I would not have had the opportunity to get to know otherwise.

Our membership has grown during the past two years, particularly student members, who have increased participation on the Board, at their educational institutions, and in our student scholarship program.  At this year’s holiday party, SDAPA awarded four deserving students $3000 in scholarships to further their education in Planning.  It is uplifting to know that our organization is supporting future planners who are committed to making a difference!

In January 2019, Nancy Graham will begin her two-year term as Section Director.  I will remain on the SDAPA Board throughout 2019 to support Nancy and Board members.  It has been a privilege to serve as your Section Director.  I hope to see many of you at Section events and activities in 2019.

Cheers!  Rachel