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I, and several chapter members, have just returned from the ASTA Global Convention (AGC) 2023 last week, where we were updated on the latest industry happenings and ASTA news. This convention is always a highlight of the year since one also gets great educational offerings from top presenters and the opportunity to network with other industry peers and our industry's top movers and shakers.
AGC also marks the turn of the ASTA calendar year, which means that this note will find us now at the beginning of ASTA's January!
Like all new years, this season represents the opportunity for new beginnings and fresh starts.
To that end, I am happy to report that your chapter has recently added two new board members –
Jennifer Grey as the new Chapter Treasurer and
Sheila Hixon as a new YPS representative. Jeof Oyster will also continue with us.
With these additions, we have a full chapter board.
However, do not fear if you desire to help our chapter continue to grow. Various committee roles are still available in a variety of areas. Therefore, if you have a particular talent you wish to contribute, please get in touch with us and let us know. Your interests and unique skills can likely find a happy home with our team!
Also, as we move into a new ASTA "year," a fresh emphasis will be put on ASTAPAC.
ASTAPAC is the only PAC (Political Action Committee) for travel advisors and the travel agency industry and enables the travel agency community to speak with one voice in educating elected federal officials about our issues.
This PAC has achieved many solid achievements that benefit our industry and each of our agencies individually. More information will be coming out about ASTAPAC regularly to educate you on the benefits of this PAC. We hope you will consider donating to this vital PAC as you learn more about it.
We appreciate your membership to ASTA and your local chapter, and we look forward to serving you in the year ahead! Please reach out to us at any time. We are here to serve you!
Rob Hale | Chapter President