Dear Member,

As we turn the page on what has been a very eventful year, I want to take a minute of your time to wish you all a positive year on the personal and professional levels. The past 12 months have kept you busy chasing news, and much of it was bad. The coming year will be interesting politically on both sides of the Atlantic, and your workload won’t diminish. Au contraire…

One of the clear messages from the membership survey was that you want to meet more high-profile guests. We’re starting the year with one of the main presidential hopefuls, Marine Le Pen, and we’ll be working on other speakers to help you explain the election issues to your audiences. Naturally, we will continue to provide a varied menu of events outside the political sphere. There will be more social events so you can unwind and catch up with your fellow scribblers, and hopefully another training workshop to give us a firmer grip on social media skills.

I wish you and your families sound health and high spirits in what promises to be a memorable 2017.

David Pearson
AAPA President