Hello Fellow NCPMI Members,
Although Sir Walter Wally (February 2) predicted six more weeks of winter and football season has come to an end, there are still many more celebrations this month.
February 5 – Chinese New Year and it’s the year of Pig. The festival is celebrated by more than 20% of the world. The day celebrates the start of the New Year and reflection of the year past.
Black History Month – In 1976, the commemoration was extended from a week to the month that we now know. At that time – which was also the nation’s bicentennial – President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
February 14 – For those of you with the “sweetest heart,” be prepared for Valentine’s Day. Planning and execution are key in making this day special.
February 18 – President’s Day provides the country with a combined opportunity to celebrate the birthdays of our first and sixteenth presidents – George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Think about their leadership during adversity. While most of us will likely not face a project on a nation-wide scale, think about the soft-skills these men had that contributed to their success.
As project managers, our celebrations are ongoing as we expand our network at sponsored events, collaborate with like-minded peers, and pursue continuous learning and development.
Last month I introduced the 2019 Board of Directors. Since that time, the VP of Finance, Rahul Patel, stepped down for personal reasons. Rahul was an asset to our team and to the chapter. While he will be missed in that role, we certainly support his decision. Rahul has been a committed volunteer over the years and we wish him the best. With that said, please join me and the Board in welcoming Melvin Lee as the VP Finance. Many of you who are longtime members of NCPMI may know and remember Melvin as he comes “back” to the board after having served as VP of Finance (2008-2009 & 2011-2012), Executive Vice President (2014), President (2015 & 2016), and Past President (2017). Please offer Rahul and Melvin your appreciation for their willingness to serve.
Let’s have a great February!
All the best,
2019 President, NCPMI