Randy Taylor M. Photog. Cr. CPP
This has been a unusual
year for Southwest management. Personal
reasons have forced two board members and
our Vice- President Shelly Rice to resign.
This was difficult because of Shelly’s
valuable contributions to our organization.
Shelly has been very giving to our
association and was a great asset during her
many years as a board member.
She directed the print competition last year
and helped us have a smooth well-run event.
We will miss her and wish her success in the
future. We have great replacements for all
the board positions and have great things to
look forward to including adding Arizona and
Utah as active member states.
Your only issue is that
you have to endure Me as President for
Southwest is entering a new era beginning in
2015. We have new challenges to meet in
order to make this a valued organization,
more than just print competition and one
convention every other year. It has to serve
the members and be a benefit to everyone.
During the Arkansas convention in July, I
called an informal meeting of board members
and past presidents of Southwest PPA.
This was a discovery meeting where we looked
at our value to our members and our purpose.
We had a great meeting with many great ideas
and a good direction to take our
organization. We followed that meeting with
our executive meeting to refine our ideas.
Member benefits are our greatest concern and
one with which we need to be better. We
developed a new purpose and created a new
motto for Southwest PPA.
Our new motto is
“Southwest Professional Photographers USE”
as in “Unite, Support, and Educate” members
of the Southwest PPA print district. Our
intent is to put forth more effort to help
member states make their associations
better. We are helping with speakers,
leadership and support where needed. We are
going to be more aggressive in our
programing with a more hands on approach and
an awareness of newer styles and trends.
We are open to new ideas and approaches to
serving our members and are always looking
for fresh ideas. Please let me know if you
have an idea to help our association. It
takes us all to have a valued and successful