RSES Region 11 Director's Newsletter

Can You Read This?

Olny srmat poelpe can.
I cdenuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mind, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmagrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in what order the ltteers in a wrod are, the only iprmoatnt thing is that the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it wouthit a porbelm. This is bcuseae the human mind deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe.! Amzanig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

When I first saw this, I was truly amazed. It also served as a reminder that it becomes the way in which we approach our daily jobs and routines. We have learned so much from experience and tenure that a lot of what we do is pretty much on auto pilot; we don't give most of what we do a second thought. Then comes the day, where we get a curve thrown at us that is something out of the norm. The curve can become quite a consternation to us, and most often it is because we do not refer back to the basics, which often times is the very principal that is the roadmap to solving the issues at hand. That is why it is important to our success to not only keep up with new technology, products and service techniques, but to sit in on those education classes that may seem to be very basic in nature. This is the time of year that the Regions are putting together their education conferences, and RSES International is preparing for the fall conference in Atlanta. Do yourself a favor, attend, learn something new and refresh yourself on the basic principles of our trade. There is still time to enlist in the UMRA Conference in Minneapolis, visit our Website at

We are at a new crossroad with RSES, and I am excited with the direction we are heading. Financially, we are making strides (please refer to the graph). We have established a committee to put together a strategic plan, which will map out both long and short-term strategies for our organization. Last, but not least, we have completed the selection process for a new EVP, Mark Lowry. I have known and worked with Mark for over six years, and I am very confident in his abilities. The board was unanimous in this decision as was the HQ staff and if you have the chance, wish him well in his latest capacity.

Lead - Follow - Or Get Out Of The Way, pick one and which ever it is, please get involved and participate in your local chapters activities and also support the hard work of the Regional Associations. Remember, another good resource is the Kellow Foundation; the Fargo Chapter has utilized this very successfully. Congratulations to you, and the other chapters who continue to conduct training courses.

Lastly, I want to thank each and every member for your continued support, this has been and will continue to be a very rewarding experience.

Bruce Kamperschroer, Director Region 11/ International Sgt. At Arms

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