Society Testimonial by Robinette Bacon, Nevada
The stability and viability of our SSLHPE organization is its membership.
Society Testimonial by Linda L. Morse, New Jersey
The pessimist complains about the wind;
Navigating the seas of state government can be challenging. There are times when you just want to “abandon ship” and swim to shore without a life preserver. If you are a skilled swimmer, maybe you survive the sharks. In state government, the storms come and go with the political winds. Learning to navigate those waters takes time, patience, and friends who truly understand.
Society Testimonial by Janet Ray, Delaware
A colleague of mine, Edith P. Vincent, was one of the original members of The Society and often shared stories with me about gatherings at Gull Lake, MI, and other places. In those days, members would use their personal funds to meet with job like colleagues to share professional experiences, gain insight, and strategize ways to improve the delivery of health and physical education programs. Colleagues became friends and confidants and the networking proved successful in creating opportunities to communicate, market, and advocate for their profession.
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.
Society Testimonial by Kathy Wilbur, Maine
As a long-time member of the Society, past president, and current emeritus member, I reflect back on my appreciation of networking with colleagues who understood the work I did while at the Department of Education. In that multi-dimensional position, few others understood the complexities of the work. Others in my position at Departments of Education across the country provided information, support, and encouragement, with persistence and passion, to pursue efforts to promote quality health education for all students. Society members brought joy, laughter, and friendship to the sometimes difficult and singular approach, while working within a broad educational institution, to keep health education and physical education as part of schools’ basic education programming for students.