The Board's mid-year meeting will be held October 14 and 15, 2011 at our seminar site, the Hyatt Regency Tech Center in Denver. We will be finalizing the agenda for our 35th annual AAPP seminar which will be less than six months away by the time you read this article. I hope all of you have made plans to attend the conference. The seminar, scheduled for April 30 - May 4, 2012,
promises to be another great one. Tracey Hilton and his crew are working on an outstanding week. There are several important things happening at this seminar. First, if you are the president of a state or regional polygraph association, please plan on attending the State Leadership Luncheon which is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at noon. There will also be a school directors' meeting tentatively scheduled for Tuesday after class. Both of these meetings will be a time for fellowship and to share your thoughts. Contact Julie Gerspacher at email@example.com or 888-743-5479 if you plan on attending. On Wednesday, May 2 the AAPP will hold its annual business meeting. It is during these meetings the future course of the organization is developed: your officers are elected; by-laws and constitutional changes are voted upon; committees are formed and appointed; new members are elected; and members voice their concerns and suggestions. Please plan on attending!
Speaking of elections, there are several offices up for consideration. These are the offices which will be open for election: President; Vice-president; Region I, II and III Directors and Secretary. As your Board of Directors guides the Association and takes actions and decisions that impact the short and long-term good of the organization, it is important that you be a part of the process. If the educational incentives were not enough to get you to Denver, the annual meeting and election of officers should be. I have to take a minute to note that those of you who have not served on the Board and have a interest to do so, should make certain that you understand the work involved before you decide to put yourself up for election. Each position has specific assignments that must be undertaken, most on a deadline. We all must write these articles and do the research associated with them. Regional directors conduct backgrounds of each applicant from the respective region. They also must have a working relationship with the schools, state officers, licensing boards, etc… This entails phone calls and e-mails and at times can add much more to an already swamped work schedule. Regional directors also serve as the seminar chair when the seminar comes to the respective region. This can take up to 18 months or more of painstaking preparation and entails much
more than one can imagine. There are also committee assignments, grievances, and day-to-day assignments that must be undertaken. I wholeheartedly invite anyone who is thinking about running to do so - just make certain your eyes are wide open!
Several different projects are still under consideration. The scholarship fund is an ongoing concern and the Board of Directors will be considering ideas to keep it moving President's Message BRUCE ROBERTSON 4 American Association of Police Polygraphists forward. Work on the updated "Blue Book" (for its third edition) continues. Bob Heard, as Historian, continues to press for photos
and other interesting items that relate to AAPP's history. Please give Bob a hand in finding and collecting this information. As some of you know, he has put together an outstanding history of the Association but we know that there are more hidden gems out there for our members to tell. The Board will also be considering several important changes to the Constitution and By- Laws to present to the membership for a vote at the business meeting. These changes, if adopted, will be the most sweeping since a major overhaul of the Constitution in the late 1990's. Any recommended changes by the Board will appear in the March Journal so please educate yourself about what is to be proposed. The Board will also be considering the final site location for the 2013 Region V seminar to be held in Charlotte. Frank Suddreth and Toby McSwain have been hard at work putting this together. Much thanks to both of them! Also, Don Imbordino has been hard at work on the website. The Board will be discussing ways to make the website more user friendly and productive for the membership.
We also continue to work with Dave Wattley of the U.S. State Department to assist the Mexican government in its polygraph program. The International Congress on Credibility Assessment will be held in Mexico City October 24 - 26, 2011. Tracey Hilton will be representing the AAPP at the seminar, amongst many other hats he is wearing!
I promised myself I would keep this article short.
Be safe and enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving and the wonderful holidays that follow!
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