President's Message April 19, 2009
The year has started out well for the APTA despite the slow economy. All non-profits seem to be hurting economically and the APTA would certainly appreciate any contributions the members care to make. Also, be sure to attend the annual membership meeting at the Belle Meade Plantation in May. Our speaker will discuss innovative fund-rasing opportunites for chapters to consider. I am working on two other things that should benefit our chapters and members. We have obtained the services of a lobbyist, Doug Jones, who can assist any chapter with what is happening on Capitol Hill. His phone number is 615-244-6670. Mr. Jones and I visited with several legislators on prerevation issues in March on Legislator's Day.The executive director and I are also working on developing a catalog of grants sources.We are also ready to embark on the 2009 marker program with letters to the successful nominees to go out this month. As always, please let me know if I can assist you in any way.