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Message from the President


Dear ASPMA Members:

The emotions I feel as I write this message span the spectrum from excitement and happiness to loss and sadness. I am thrilled to be stepping into the office of president just as the earth is being re born into spring. I am fortunate to live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and this time of year is amazing. The natural beauty of this area takes my breath away!

At the same time, I am unable to share this adventure with Sandra Lohrentz, PMAC who passed away suddenly just one month ago. Sandra was not only a mentor but a friend and I miss her terribly. A debt of gratitude is owed to the board members residing in Illinois who, under extreme circumstances; acted swiftly with grace and professionalism to insure the seamless forward progress of this organization.

We have an exciting year ahead! In addition to our educational programs at The Midwest Podiatry Conference and Region III, we will have educational tracks in conjunction with the APMA Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada! We are very proud to be exchanging ideas and networking with our Canadian assistants.

As I receive the gavel from the capable hands of Nancy E. Diaz, PMAC, I pledge to honor this office and serve our membership with integrity. I would like to share this story with you about unity, strength in numbers and what can be accomplished as a team.

The Sense of a Goose

Next fall, when you see geese heading south for the winter, flying along in a ‘V’ formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in the ‘V’ formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily, because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone-and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.
If we have as much sense as a goose, we will say in formation with those people who are headed the same way we are.
When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.
It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying south.
Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
What messages do we give when we honk from behind?
Finally-and this is important-when a goose gets sick or wounded by gunshot, and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies; and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group.
If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.

– Author Unknown
Taken from A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul

In Peace,

Susan M. Weeks, PMAC
ASPMA President

  1. May 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Hello Susan: Just today I heard that Sandra had recently passed. This past November Sandra had asked that I follow up with her in May about the possibility of her exploring a meeting for your group on a cruise. While the large mtg with the Doctors was not feasable she felt the smaller mtg would be a great fit. We had actually talked for a few years and it seemed like she was ready to present the idea to the new leadership as an option. I’d welcome the opportunity to talk with you further. I can be reached at 800-403-7936 or by email.


    Chuck Kratz

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