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August 2020 President's Message -
President Derr 2020-2021



“Happy Summertime Everyone”, I hope that everyone is having an awesome summer break - if you’re taking one, and if not, still hoping that you’re finding time to relax a little and step away from both work and any COVID-19 related assignments. Make sure that your taking time to re-energize both your mind and body during these very challenging times. Here’s a little bit of information for you, we all know that August is the eighth month of the year, which signals that we are almost three quarters of the way through the year.  But did you also know that the birth flower for the month of August is the Poppy (California State Flower), which means beauty, strength of character, love, marriage, and FAMILY. Family is the character that I like to focus on when I think about the month of August, as it reminds me of the time, we spend with our families during our summer breaks.

However, August also reminds us that our summer season is coming to an end, and whether your preparing to return to your physical office space or your makeshift telecommuting office space at home it’s time to settle back down into your routine. However, you choose to look at it, August symbolizes that it’s time for refocusing on the future. And refocusing on the future is exactly what your 2021 Conference Committee and CAPPO Board Teams are doing, we are focusing our entire energy and time on creating what will surely be an awesome conference experience, whether we are meeting in-person, or through a hybrid approach (limited in-person and virtual), or a full virtual conference experience, your CAPPO TEAM, is and has been, fully engaged in creating an awesome experience for everyone. You can rest assured that your CAPPO TEAM has put a lot of thought, time and preparation into creating an experience that will surely be engaging. Our TEAMS goal is to create an environment for the leaner that grabs your attention, peeks your curiosity, raises your level of interest in learning, rekindles your passion for furthering your educational growth, to provide you with the motivation to “Plant the Seed for Success, to Harvest the Knowledge”, so that you can enrich not only your own Procurement Profession, but utilize your new found knowledge to “Mentor” others in reaching their goals in achieving professional growth.


Mentioning “Professional Growth”, I would like to take this time to personally acknowledge and congratulate all those that have recently been awarded their CPPB and CPPO Certifications. This is truly a milestone for you all and your CAPPO TEAM couldn’t be prouder of each one of you Remember, TEAM - Together Every Asset Matters “We are stronger together than we are alone”


Best regards,

Michael R. Derr, NSCS

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