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



Here we are now in the month of July, and now only just a little over five months away from the 2021 Annual Conference to be held in Monterey. Your conference team has been hard at work, meeting now on a weekly basis discussing plans and options for the upcoming conference. As you can imagine during these very challenging and unpresented times, we’ve had to become flexible and more creative with our approach in meeting the needs of the membership. As an organization we can no longer sit back and rely on the status quo, we’ve got to address the current situation head on, we’ve got to continue to be the leading pioneers in our industry, we need to lead by example, and in order to do that it’s going to take the entire TEAM of CAPPO. This isn’t a time for you too just sit on the sidelines, it’s time for YOU to become engaged, a time to make change. I know there are a lot of good ideas or suggestions out there, and we (the board) want to hear from you.


Speaking of change I would like to take this opportunity to welcome aboard our three newest members to the board of directors:

  • Alwin Acuna- Purchasing Buyer Westlands Water District
  • Nereyda Zaragoza- Procurement Specialist Merced County Administrative Services- Purchasing
  • Melody Bartlette- Buyer City of Santa Clarita

Please take a moment and personally welcome them aboard with kind words of encouragement. I know that they’ll be an excellent addition to the current board structure, and will assist us in adding depth, knowledge and expertise to the organization. In closing I want to ensure you the membership that your Board is doing everything possible to ensure that we are protecting the organizations finances during these uncertain economic times. And, that we are continually reviewing and updating budget and revenue projections on a monthly basis to ensure that we remain financially stable.  

Remember, TEAM - Together E very Asset M atters “We are stronger together than we are alone”


Best regards,

Michael R. Derr, NSCS

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