Message from the CCME President:
The planning process has begun in earnest for our next annual professional development symposium. In the coming months we will be updating the agenda, adding to the already posted symposium information, and requesting feedback from each of you on how to make "your" symposium the best.
The basic agenda format will be similar to our past symposium in San Antonio. Overwhelmingly, your responses have been very positive on the agenda format and the CCME "App". "GuideBook" will once again be the "symposium program" for Atlanta. Keynotes and general session Guest speakers are being identified and invitations are being sent. If you have a recommendation, let us know so that we may assess.
Don't forget to renew your CCME membership, individual and/or organizations. Membership dues help fund your symposium. There has been no increase to membership dues, $50 for individuals and $500 for organizational.
Beat the rush and get your symposium and hotel registrations in now by following the hotlinks on the right. For those that want to submit a proposal to host a concurrent session, the deadline is September 2, 2016. The value each of you bring to the symposium is the strength that all of us rely upon.
Awards are for those deserving and should be recognized. Go to the awards page, fill out the award nomination form and get them in ASAP. The CCME Awards Committee will gather all applications and will begin the decision making process soon after the October 3, 2016 deadline.
CCME will once again offer $1,000 scholarships, 15 total. Eligibility requirements and application submissions will be made available July 1 - October 1, 2016. The scholarship funding comes from the CCME Endowment and provides a means for those seeking to complete their higher education goals.
Exhibitor and Sponsorship Application is available now. An initiative for Atlanta will be to expand the CCME exhibitor/sponsorship footprint into Veteran organizations and Corporate entities that provide products, services, and educational support.
Don't sit on the sidelines. Nominations for elected Board positions will be posted. Be part of the decision making process for your CCME. It is hard work and time consuming, but I have found being actively involved is very rewarding. Your strength in bringing new ideas to your CCME is valued and will help your organization grow. Volunteers are also needed to help with the Symposium and committees, make a difference, volunteer.
We will have a "special" day in Atlanta during our symposium. "Aloha Day", Wednesday, March 8, 2017. What better way to motivate and generate discussions during the Concurrent Sessions when we are "business casual"? Hang up your suits and wear your best "Aloha Shirt". Relax and engage, engage to strengthen, strengthen ourselves to serve our service members. In addition to Aloha Day, we are looking into having a "Fitness" day incorporated, a fun run/walk or a "circuit" to kick start us all.
Finally, your CCME Board is fully engaged and leaning forward to make the 2017 Professional Development Symposium in Atlanta even better than symposiums past. With your help, assistance, thoughts, recommendations, and out of the box ideas, we will all benefit so please feel free to contact any Board member at any time, thank them, then have a conversation. Above all, be safe and see each and every one of you in Atlanta, March 6-9, 2017.
Mahalo Nui Loa,