Welcome to A-PLUS Central Region; we are ready for a new year. First of all, let me just thank all who attended the 2016 Central Region Conference/Picnic held in Schererville Indiana September 9th and 10th. The Gary Chapter did an excellent job of hosting this year’s conference. Board members and special guests met on Friday to discuss many topics including strategies to increase membership, the upcoming 2017 National Conference in Philadelphia, and the 2018 National Conference to be hosted by the Central Region’s Indianapolis Chapter. The emphasis of the conference this year was on Family and Friends, culminating with a picnic on Saturday. All enjoyed great fellowship, food, and fun. Special thanks to Dewayne Russell, Judy Bethe Gonzalez, Bryan Hunter, Nadine Jackson, John Spann and the entire Gary Chapter. We want to say thanks to Pat Singleton for your leadership at the Central Region Conference. Thank you!
The list of the Central Region Officers and Board Members are:
- Diane Small, Director
- Pamala McNary, Vice President
- Tamala Dreux,Treasurer
- Linda Reid, Secretary
- Kenneth Bunch, Parliamentarian
- Charita Watkins, Sergeant- At- Arms
- Cydell Small, Vice President of Retirees
- Toni Brown, Central Illinois Chapter President
- Gladys Jolla, Chicago Chapter President
- Yolanda Johnson, Detroit Chapter President
- Patricia Singleton, Gary Chapter President
- Darnell Zanders, Indianapolis Chapter President
The Central Region has been growing with the new formation of the Gary Chapter. As a new chapter, the Gary Chapter strives to serve those in the northern Indiana geographic area. This chapter grew out of a few members recognizing this need. This effort is now being replicated to grow the existing chapters listed above and to reestablish the Milwaukee, WI Chapter. We expect a new chapter to emerge in Grand Rapids, MI to help strengthen the Central Region in its outreach for development of employees and supporters in those communities.
With the dynamic focus of A-PLUS members are being promoted, which can take them out of the area, so it is important that other members step forward to take leadership roles and new comers are mentored. A-PLUS gives you a platform to showcase your skills, knowledge and abilities. This is a unique time again as opportunities are present for those with potential, who practice, and prepare with persistence and patience.
Grailen L. Johnson
Central Region President
A-PLUS Central Region
PO BOX 216501
Chicago IL 60621-6501