Society Testimonial by John Ray, Delaware
As a newly hired coordinator of Health and Physical Education at the West Virginia Department of Education in 1993, I was assigned to the
Health Education Assessment Project (HEAP) of the State Collaborative on the Assessment of Student Standards (SCASS) program and I began
attending meetings with other state leaders from around the country and was quickly informed of “The Society” by several members. I attended
my first annual meeting in Denver. That meeting changed my professional life, being welcomed and mentored by the leaders from around the
country and accepted as one of the fold. The comradery was amazing and led to a close emotional and professional bond that continues to the
current time. Elected to the president-elect position, was a true vote of confidence for me and through the next three years much time was
spent in working with the greatest professionals in the country and I might add close personal friends. As I type this message my heart fills
with emotion that will never fade. The “Owed to the Society” by Si [Simon A. McNeely], our long time leader, remains on my wall and in my thoughts.
I would encourage all that become eligible for membership to jump at the opportunity and become involved in this valuable organization. I have
represented West Virginia (Almost Heaven) and now Delaware (The Small Wonder) with pride while engaging with those dedicated to strengthening the
future of health and physical education for every child in the nation.
John Ray, Delaware