Barbara Condit, CCE
CFDD National Chairman (2014-2015)
It seems like only yesterday that a young lady by the name of Linda Ann Crabtree, CBA talked me into helping her and several others put together booklets for the CFDD Golden West Conference being held in San Francisco.
From then on, the rest is history. I attended the Golden West Conference, met Millie DeMariano, Dawn Wallace Cook, CCE, LeeAnn Garrington, CCE, Carol Fowle, CCE and Marilynn Daugherty and I was hooked on CFDD and all the rewards gained from becoming a member. Then came my move back to Minnesota and I wondered if I could find a CDDD group close to work. Problem solved, just take a ride in an elevator up to the top floor of the John Hancock building in Chicago with Cindy Vekas, CCE and the Minnesota group: Maxine Rossum, CCE, Pam Meyer, CBF, Carolyn VanKrevelen, CBF and several others, and once again you are hooked. Education, networking, and many, many great friendships have developed from membership in CFDD.
Joining CFDD was, and has always been, money well spent. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I have saved my companies by attending the educational sessions and taking back information learned at Credit Congress and CFDD National Conventions. With every event, I have been able to expand my knowledge and network of friends. Nowhere that I know of can you get this kind of return on your investment, surely not in today's stock market.
My theme for this year is "Together Everyone Achieves More" = T.E.A.M.
Together we can learn,
Together we can grow,
Together we can mentor,
Together we can partner with our NACM Affiliate and grow!
While there is no "I" in Team, there is an "E." Everyone pulling together is what has made CFDD what it is today.
We are a TEAM achieving more through the work of many. Education is our passport to the future and tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today. Together we can develop tomorrow's leaders. I challenge every CFDD member to find someone you can invite to become a "TEAM" member so we can learn, grow, partner and mentor together.
I am going to use a "Tagline" from my local affiliate, Forius. "Surround Yourself with Smart."
Smart Mentors, Smart CFDD Members, Smart NACM Affiliates and Smart Tools.
"A fast-changing world confronts you with the fact that in the long run you cannot survive on doing the same things better and cheaper. It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change." This wonderful quote from Leon C. Megginson is still so relevant in today's economy and in our everyday lives.
A special thank you to my husband and granddaughter for their continued support, and to you my CFDD family. Thanks to each and every one, as you have helped mold me into the person I am today. Without your support, CFDD would not be what it is today.
I would like to close with a quote from a poem by Audrey Hepburn that is a favorite of mine.
"For Poise! Walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed: never throw out anyone. Remember, if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.
"Together Everyone Achieves More" = T.E.A.M.
CFDD is a TEAM of many working together to achieve more!