Last week the 2018 NAEOP Winter Board Meeting was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. What a wonderful and productive meeting. One evening, the board members were invited to an authentic New Mexican meal hosted by longtime NAEOP member Lorenza Sanchez. Four generations of her family helped cook and serve the fabulous meal.
When asked for advice about being a longtime NAEOP member, she stated you have to invest in yourself. Lorenza first joined NAEOP on her birthday as a gift to herself. Every year her NAEOP membership is due on her birthday and she consistently gives herself the gift of NAEOP membership. In the almost 40 years she has been a NAEOP member, she has only missed 5 national conferences. Lorenza believes you have to invest in yourself and attend the national conference. She stated her district never provided funds for her to attend a conference, but that didn't stop her from attending. Lorenza said she thought of the conference as her vacation. Every month she saved a little away to go on her "vacation." She brought her lunch to work, stopped buying unnecessary items, etc. By the time the conference came around she had enough money to pay the "vacation" expenses. Lorenza shared there's all kind of ways to save a little money here and there to be able to attend the national conference. She asked everyone, "Aren't you worth it?"