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President's Message - June 2017

posted Jun 13, 2017, 5:46 AM by SD Council PTA
This is my last post as President for the San Diego Unified Council of PTAs.  For 24 months I had the privilege and honor of being the "voice and face" of PTA here in San Diego.  I spoke at school board meetings, met with SDUSD directors and the Superintendent on a regular basis, traveled across
California to represent SDUCPTA at conventions and conferences, met with legislators, planned and gave training, and so much more.  None of this would have been possible were it not for the fabulous team of volunteers that served as board members and leadership team members for SDUCPTA.  My focus now is to "clean up" as much as I can so that my successor, Derick Boerner, has a as much of a clean slate as possible so that he can continue the mission of SDUCPTA with ease. 

I can remember two years ago, people were asking what's going to become of SDUCPTA after Derby Pattengill finished his term as President.  I can remember thinking, what am I going to do, I mean the guy has great hair and a great smile.  Derby has been an awesome past President and I kept him around as Council's Parliamentarian which has been immensely helpful not only to me but also to our PTA units.  My focus for SDUCPTA was to raise PTA's visibility in San Diego and to raise PTA's voice on issues that affects children in our community and schools.  I hoped that our PTAs and the community at large has a better idea of who we are and what we do.  Not that past president's haven't done this but each president has had an area of focus for their terms.  And now, I managed to make mark as people are slowly getting used to the idea that I will no longer be the President.  I have an idea of what Derick's focus will be and I have every confidence that he'll do great things.  Change is hard for everyone, but given the time, you will see that while things may change they'll also remain the same.

So this is my goodbye and I hope that you all will continue to do great things for children in your schools and communities.  Thank you for everything.

Humbly yours for the last time...

Celeste Bobryk-Ozaki
San Diego Unified Council of PTAs