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President Janet Cole is interested in feedback from ASHS Members. Please read the following article and provide any feedback in the form at the bottom of the page.



Reflections June 2019

Janet Cole

ASHS President

 It’s Been Fun!


The old saying goes “Time flies when you are having fun”. I must have had a lot of fun this past year because it is hard to believe that my time as ASHS President is coming to an end. I am very grateful for the opportunities that have been afforded me in this position, and I appreciate the faith that members have put into me to assure that the Society remains strong and relevant.

Has the work all been fun? Well, maybe not, but then is any work always fun? Still, I can’t say that any of it has been disagreeable in any way. I have enjoyed working with Board members who have a strong commitment to the Society and Headquarters staff members who go out of their way to help at conference time and at any other time that they are asked. I have also worked with the many members of the society who give freely of their time and talents to make a difference.

I never considered myself a potential candidate for ASHS President, but in my lifetime I have never learned to effectively say “no”. In fact, I have learned that I gain an amazing amount from experiences that I might not have really expected to do but said “yes” when asked. This experience as ASHS President has helped me hone my leadership abilities as well as my abilities to work with people. I went to school to work with plants so I would not have to work with people. That is the introvert in me, and I am off the chart on the introvert-extrovert scale—on the introvert side. Who knew that somebody like me could make a difference in my profession?! So my advice for everybody is, “Be careful about saying ‘no’ to opportunities presented”. You never know what you might gain from the experience.

In Las Vegas, I will pass the gavel to Dennis Ray. I wish Dennis the best of luck as ASHS President and hope that his term is as equally positive as mine. I will not completely disappear after I pass the gavel. I will serve another year as Chair of the Board. I am looking forward to the experiences I can gain from that opportunity as well. If you have ideas that should be considered by the ASHS Board for our Society, please let me or any Board member know so they can be considered. It takes all of us to keep our Society great!

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1018 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703.836.4606