South Florida Administrator Winter 2004 N e ws l e t t e r o f t h e S o u t h F l o r i d a C h a p t e r o f t h e A m e r i c a n S o c i e t y f o r P u b l i c A d m i n i s t r a t i o n w w w. a s p a o n l i n e . o r g / s o u t h f l a /
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County Mayor Speaks at February Luncheon 66th National ASPA Conference Milwaukee
County Manager Speaks at March Luncheon
2005 ASPA Conferences
Chapter Delivers Easter Cheer
Chapter Public Administrator of Year
Miami-Dade County Mayor Speaks about Objectives of Administration On February 23, 2005, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez, former Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department, joined South Florida Chapter members and colleagues at Casa Juancho Restaurant in Miami to discuss the objectives of his administration closely following his achievements against public corruption, the need for greater transparency in County government and streamlining the Countyâ€™s procurement system.
Chapter Scrapbook & Logo Proposals
66th National ASPA Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin With its beautiful downtown riverfront restoration, Milwaukee proved the perfect location for the 66th National ASPA Conference from April 2-5, 2005. The mild spring weather, averaging a cool 60 degrees, was a welcome change from the unrelenting heat and humidity of South Florida. Numerous attendees took advantage of the opportunity to tour the world-famous Harley Davidson Motorcycle manufacturing facility, attend a Milwaukee Bucks NBA game at the US Cellular Arena, adjacent to the Midwest Airlines Arena where the conference was held, in addition to other unique attractions in the downtown area and neighboring metropolitan region. Dr. Douglas Watson, former City manager of Auburn, Alabama and Adjunct Professor of Public Administration/Public Policy at Auburn University, who recently transitioned to a full-time position as Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Dallas delivered a unique presentation referencing his transition from practitioner to academic examining the various differences and inherent demands of each profession. Participants from various panels ranging from nonprofit management to homeland security discussed a variety of unique topics resulting in stimulating and productive discussions. Next yearâ€™s national conference will be held in Denver, the consolidated city and county which serves as the financial, transportation, and distribution center of the Rocky Mountain region. Please visit www.aspanet.org for conference updates.
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County Manager Discusses Administrative Obstacles Miami-Dade County Manager George Burgess accepted the Chapter’s invitation to speak at Casa Juancho Restaurant in Miami on March 16, 2005 about the multivariate administrative obstacles faced by his administration. Manager Burgess, a strong supporter of the South Florida Chapter’s active involvement in fostering professional development, addressed his upward climb starting as a management trainee after graduating from the University of Maine to his experiences within Miami-Dade County government, in addition to his brief tenure with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and eventual appointment to the position of County Manager in 2003.
2005 Florida ASPA Conference On Friday, April 29, 2005, the 2005 Florida ASPA Conference will be held at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 North Osceola Avenue, Clearwater, FL from 8:00 AM to 5 :00 PM. The theme is Public Administration: Addressing the Needs of a Growing State. For those interested that have not already registered, the on-site registration fee is $50 for students and $60 for all others. For additional information, please contact Claire Mostel at email@example.com.
2009 National ASPA Conference to be held in Miami Bill Solomon of the South Florida Chapter has worked tirelessly through his position as Co-Chair of the National ASPA Capacity Steering Group, which was responsible for selecting future National Conference sites to secure the 2009 National Conference in downtown Miami at the Hyatt Regency. This exciting event provides numerous opportunities for active participation in all phases of conference planning. Additional information coming soon.
Professional Development Dr. Ray de Arrigunaga, Professor at the University of Miami and Past President of the ASPA South Florida Chapter, will make a presentation on Successful Public Sector Leadership on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 from 12 pm to 1 pm at the Miami Art Museum Auditorium, located at 101 West Flagler Street. A $5 donation is requested to offset costs. Please contact Roslyn Alic-Batson at Alic@miamidade.gov or Anita Gibboney at (305) 375-5414 to RSVP or for event information. Members interested in meeting to discuss next year’s professional development activities should contact Committee Chairperson John Topinka at (305) 644-5126. He intends to arrange a lunch meeting to obtain and discuss ideas for prospective events and activities.
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South Florida Chapter Delivers Easter Cheer On Thursday, March 24, 2005, the South Florida Chapter concluded its annual Easter basket drive. The ASPA Board, with assistance from it’s community partner Country Club Animal Hospital, in Miami, continued its long standing commitment of service to the community by collecting over 60 Easter baskets that were distributed to children in the Children’s Home Society’s, special needs day care center, in Miami. A special “flop of the ear” goes out to Donna Hernandez, of Country Club Animal Hospital, MaryLou Bobes, wife of South Florida Chapter Board Treasurer, Steven Bobes, and to the Bunny Patrol of the Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department for their efforts in collecting, assembling and delivering the baskets to the kids. In addition to the special needs center, the response to the Board’s call for baskets provided enough baskets to ensure that children in the Society’s Project Smile Foster Care Center also received Easter baskets. Both of these facilities provide services for children with HIV/AIDS.
2005 ASPA South Florida Chapter Public Administrator of the Year Please join the South Florida Chapter in honoring Roger T. Hernstadt, Director of the MiamiDade County Office of Capital Improvements as the ASPA South Florida Chapter’s 2005 Public Administrator of the Year on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm at Casa Juancho Restaurant, 2436 SW 8th Street in Miami. The cost is $20 per person. Please contact Susan Landers at (305) 755-7994 or by email at RSL@miamidade.gov to RSVP.
Requesting Photographs and Mementos for Chapter Scrapbook Members in possession of photographs, itineraries or items of interest from South Florida Chapter events or activities are strongly encouraged to submit originals or duplicates for incorporation into a scrapbook currently under development. Chapter President-Elect Roslyn Alic-Batson spearheaded this effort, which will dually provide an effective means for documenting the history of our chapter as well as assist us in recruiting new members and program participants at chapter-sponsored events.
Seeking Proposals for Chapter Logo With so many symbolic representations of South Florida’s rich diversity of culture, history, flora and fauna and institutions, identifying a single icon to represent our chapter is no simple task. Therefore, we want your ideas, artistic talents and experience to develop a logo for future chapter correspondence and eventually lapel pins for distribution to members and special guests at chapter events.
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