We’ve held meetings with E group, our new official supplier for the SkillsUSA Store including review of new products and plans for the introduction of the SkillsUSA Store to members and to state association directors. There will be a display of merchandise in Charleston and a presentation by E group. They’ll also have a strong presence during the Washington Leadership Training Institute in September.
A letter requesting a WorldTeam meeting with Vice President Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden, was sent late last week. The team is scheduled to be in Washington on August 28, and we hope we can create some sort of Washington event for the team members before they head to Calgary. Trade press news releases on each of the contestants will be sent out next week.
Letters to Congress and the governors about their SkillsUSA Championships champions and Skill Point Certificate recipients are being faxed starting this week. This means that, for the first time the senators and representatives will receive the news before the congressional August recess. News releases about the national officers and the President’s Volunteer Service Award recipients have also been sent.
Diversity training for national staff is scheduled in September and October and staff has completed work on third-party administration for SkillsUSA pension funds as required by the IRS for nonprofits.
And, finally, Cameron Ferguson, as board past-president, sent an e-mail to national staff members last week commending them for their work on the National Leadership and Skills Conference. Here’s part of what he had to say: “Everywhere I went, I heard comments about how smoothly it was running, and how the enthusiasm was running at an all time high. The results of your hard work and passion were absolutely evident for all to see. The visitors I brought to Kansas City were totally stunned by what they saw and heard. They couldn’t believe the professionalism of the students, the breadth and depth of the competitions, the scope of the organization, and dedication of the volunteers, advisors, and the national staff.” Thank you, Cameron. I know the staff appreciates your comments and your leadership as well.