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Dear CACS Members,
It has been about 6 months since I took office last year on the Queen Mary. The first 6 months have been great and filled with change and moving CACS in the direction of the future.
Our legislative committee is working hard rewriting by-laws for you all to vote on in October and November. We know that we are all asked to do more with less, so we are adjusting volunteer commitments so that those who want to help can do so without being tied down for 5 years. We are also closely following AB2563, which CACS endorses. You can read about that here: http://www.cacs.website/http/wwwnacsorg/govrelationsadvocacyaspx/
The Spring Show case was amazing. The retail merchandise committee did an outstanding job in Long Beach. We had over $131,000 in orders written and 11 new vendors. We are currently looking into host schools for 2019, so if you would like to volunteer your school, let me know.
The course materials committee is planning the summits for the north and the south. The north summit will be at Diablo Valley, and the south summit will be held at WLAC, West Los Angeles College. The committee already has some fresh ideas and I know this year is a “don’t want to miss” year.
The annual committee has had our first meeting and I am excited about the November Professional Development Conference and Expo. If everything works out we will be touring one of the largest sporting goods stores in America. We are going to have a preview night for the tradeshow, Paula Haerr will be there for “Trend Chatz”, new vendors are already signing up to attend, and we will end the festivities with the swearing in of our new president for 2019, Kristin Bonetati.
The education classes for our time in Reno will also look a little different this year. We are still in the early stages of planning, but the education committee wants to bring you things we haven’t seen before.
This is just in. The 2019 Profession Development Conference and Expo will be a Mega Regional. We will be teaming up with the northwest (NCBA) southwest (SWCBA), and maybe even the rocky mountain states. Cities and locations are still being scouted and we will keep you posted as to what is decided and on dates. (The meeting dates could be moving to October) Many regionals throughout the country are teaming up for tradeshows, or even just combining into larger regionals. Next year’s mega is an amazing opportunity for CACS, and the other regionals to collectively collaborate and help our members look to the future.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your president this year. In the next 6 months, CACS will continue to move forward, reach more people, partner with more vendors, watch Sacramento, and plan an amazing November in Reno for you.
Shelly Ann Schrimpf
CACS President 2018
Asst. Director of Campus Retail & Licensing
Grand Canyon University
COURSE MATERIAL SUMMITS
July 17, 2018 - Diablo Valley College, The Book Center, Pleasant Hill, California
July 19, 2018 - WLAC - West Los Angeles - Wildcat Store, Los Angeles, California