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June 2020 – President’s Message


JulieWibbenmeyer_2020Over the past several months, our lives as we have known them have been completely changed in our industry and throughout the world. 2020 has left us with a pandemic, social distancing, company budget cuts, furloughs, lay-offs, businesses closing their doors, the death of George Floyd and working with our world to face racism and biases. All of these events have affected every one of us on a very deep and personal level.

Your MPI St. Louis Board of Directors have been continuing to forge ahead the best way we can to make sure we stay connected as industry colleagues. MPI St. Louis Board of Directors meetings and the Annual Retreat have all been conducted virtually through Zoom. For local chapter programs, we will stay connected through our computers. This month was the roll-out of the MPI St. Louis Virtual Summer Series which will feature a variety of sessions, topics and formats. Technology will continue to keep us connected until we are able to safely meet in person.

I know we will see more changes to come in the next months and throughout the remainder of the year. I urge you to continue to reach out and stay connected with your MPI Community. Reach out to a fellow industry friend to ask if they are doing OK today. Please stay connected, keep in contact and stay up to date with your MPI Family. At times it may not seem like we will get through these challenging times, but WE WILL because together we are stronger.

July 1st starts a new fiscal year for our chapter, which is also the time when new roles start for our Board of Directors. I will be stepping into the role of Immediate Past President and Ashley Patrick will be assuming the role of MPI St. Louis Area Chapter President. I can ensure you, this transition will be one of the smoothest changes of 2020. Ashley is a dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate MPI Volunteer. MPI St. Louis will continue to be a successful organization under Ashley's leadership.

It has been an honor and my pleasure to have served as your Chapter President. I look forward to continuing to be involved and connected with MPI St. Louis Area Chapter.


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Julie Wibbenmeyer, CMP
2019-2020 MPI St. Louis Area Chapter President

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