Ronald's Blog

Here In DC

We arrived this morning to the beautiful Gaylord Hotel in National Harbour. It is a great location 20 mins from DC with it's own little city surrounding the Hotel. Lots of shopping and restaurants and the sunny day and warm weather brought many people out to walk the shores of the Potomac. It will be a busy week, starting with meetings tomorrow and carrying on right to the big night on Saturday when I stand before you as President of the AACD. Time has gone by so quickly, it seems like only yesterday I was elected vice president...where did [...]

2 weeks to go

I came to the sudden realizaion on Saturday that two things have happened, without me realizing it. Firstly, sitting at the computer and on the phone working on Academy stuff the last 2 years has taken its toll. As I climbed from the top of the waterfall down the escarpment into the Gorge to photograph Webster's falls I reallized how out of shape I was. The second realization was...I'm not getting any younger! Normally I would be immersed in nature intent on capturing images, and yet this time I found myself spending an inordinate amount of time trying to [...]

3 weeks to go

Busy busy busy! Lots of phone calls, meetings and planning. I have begun to set up the Presidential Ad Hoc committees for the coming year and I'm diligently working on the population of those committees as well as the directives. Also working on all the organizational apects of board orientation, the agenda for the first two board meetings and starting to arrange for some guest speakers to come in and talk to the Board, and of course I still have to write my speech for the Gala....Ricki told me to keep it short so we can all have more [...]

Transitioning into the Presidency

It has been a very busy time as I prepare to step into some very big shoes. John Sullivan has done a wonderful job this year. He has provided a tremendous calm influence and has been a huge success as President of this Academy. I only hope I can do as well. Thanks John and congratulations on a fantastic year! I must also commend our staff who continue to do a fantastic job running this academy from the direction that is set by the Board. Ed Simeone and his staff are just simply amazing with their expertise and passion [...]

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