by Donna Altepeter
Welcome to the warmth of summer. It’s a time for endings for many, end of semesters, end of school for kids, end of shoveling snow. We hope! But one thing continues: Marc Herstand, your executive director of NASW Wisconsin, continues to work, representing our profession. Our membership is growing and that tells us that you all are listening; listening to the change that needs to happen and listening to the changes that our organization is making. To make change happen, Marc works with governmental leaders of both parties. He knows the needs of front line workers and he is not afraid to represent you. If there is a way you think YOU can help, let us know. We are always looking for ways to connect with our leaders. You can contact myself or Marc Herstand at NASW Wisconsin.
We are pleased and enthused about the uptick in membership. As members, I ask that each of us take an opportunity to speak to our colleagues about becoming members of NASW-Wisconsin. If they want details about the benefits of joining don’t hesitate to utilize Marc’s “What has NASW Wisconsin done for me recently” on page 28 and updated often on our website. It underscores the progress that we are making, working together as a team of professionals.
NASW Wisconsin sponsored Lobby/Advocacy Day was a huge success! Held in April, we had record high attendance and wonderful feedback from our participants about the day. This will be held again in two years so think about making a day of it at our state capital and making your voice heard.
Work is in progress for our Fall NASW Wisconsin Conference, scheduled to be held Monday –Tuesday, October 23-24, 2017. This year it will held at the Madison Marriott West, Middleton, WI. Be sure to register by August 7, 2017 for the best rates.
Finally, it has been over 5 months since our new president has taken office, and the challenges, the conflict, and the difficulties of this administration seem to continue. Again, it is essential that we always utilize factual information, maintain strong professional alliances and treat one another (even those and especially those we do not agree with) with respect. I continue to be impressed and grateful for the work that all of you do in representing our profession and serving clients in such challenging times. It is a wonderful honor to serve you in our organization.
Donna Altepeter, LCSW
Your NASW Wisconsin President