br> Dennis AsKew, ITEA President
As we enter a new calendar year, most folks are considering resolutions of one type or another. I hope, by the time you read this, that many (if not all) of yours remain unbroken. It’s often the case that new initiatives in organizations wind up with the same result as many New Year’s resolutions. In an organization such as ours, with the regular change of volunteer administrative personnel, this can happen all too easily—with no intent of malice or harm. We often find ourselves “re-inventing the wheel” in regards to many aspects of what we do with ITEA. Now that we have settled into our new “digs” in Baltimore, under the watchful eye of our Executive Director, I hope and expect that our institutional memory will become easier to address and maintain, which will allow us to more easily move forward, both in serving you, our membership, and in addressing ideas that can help us all in the enjoyment of our music and our instruments.
With the new email newsletter that we sent a few times in 2007, we are hoping to be able to better maintain active communication between the Executive Committee and the membership. That said, we need to hear from you, the membership, about what you like, don’t like, want to see, read, etc. Help us to help you.
I look forward to seeing many of you at our international conference this summer in Cincinnati, Ohio. Our host, Tim Northcut, has some wonderful things in store for us all, and he is striving to keep the costs as affordable as he possibly can, so that more of us can easily attend. Building on the great success of ITEC 2006 in Denver, Tim has amazing facilities at his disposal and is using them in creative ways to help us all be able to get the most out of this conference.
On behalf of the entire Executive Committee, please accept our best wishes for a successful and musical 2008.