Thanks to all of you who have continued to believe in the mission of ASMP and support us with your time, talent, and treasure as we have worked in 2016 to restructure to better meet the challenges of the ever-changing 21st century world.
Looking forward, the New Year offers us the chance to continue making necessary adjustments and improvements so we truly meet the mission demands of helping members to be their “best selves,” whether creatively or in operating as small business people.
Achievements in 2016
Last year we laid important groundwork for future success. We restructured our operations to achieve considerable reductions in operating expenses and rebuild a financial reserve for the future. We retooled our member services, national staff, and launched a new website that better reflects the strength of our members and our public face as a visual organization. We also succeeded in getting the House Judiciary Committee to commit to modernization of the U.S. Copyright Office, and implementation of a small claims tribunal process as key legislative priorities for the next Congress. Bills were introduced and legislators will be re-introducing them in this session to push forward toward enactment.
Working with the national board, we have put processes in place to create greater support for community building through transparency, and the creation of appropriate resources and programs.
Initiatives for 2017
Moving forward, we will continue to improve the website, particularly Find a Photographer, and support members with vigorous marketing and thought leadership. We will continue to build tools and processes to support community building among chapters and between individual members. We will work for the passage of legislation in Congress that achieves our advocacy priorities. Finally, we will use member feedback to shape the development of business resources and educational programs, including webinars, while also continuing to provide members with legal support when needed.
I am excited to have a new staff team in place that can serve members effectively and I am optimistic that, working together, we can shape a new chapter in ASMP history. My feelings are best expressed in a favorite quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
As we set priorities for the new year, we welcome your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org and encourage you to renew your membership so we can keep the forward momentum!