message from the president
Just recently, December seemed very far away, but I blinked and we are knee deep in Candy Grams, Spirit Weeks, Winter Wishes, assemblies, basketball games, and candy canes.
I’m sure many of you can relate. One constant in my leadership classes is viewing various YouTube video clips. They show up on Motivational Mondays or YouTube Fridays, depending on my mood and current events.
I showed the clip referenced below a few weeks ago and more than one student commented on my JJ Watt adoration. I do love everything about JJ Watt. The first clip I show is from our Video Library where he has befriended siblings who lost their parents in an accident. He did more than write a giant cardboard check; he hangs out with them, plays basketball, creates secret handshakes. I do adore him.
Obviously his performance on the field, in front of millions, is beyond compare. But, it is his personal standards, the leadership role he chooses to take among his teammates, and his work ethic is what shines through for me.
Quotes from this particular clip which struck me were, “We are building a culture…the culture we want, every single day.” Isn’t that what we do as activity/leadership advisors? Then, he said he isn’t setting his goals on some mountain top, rather he is aiming for a mountain he can’t even see, and it’s beautiful. I love that his dreams have no limits. I hope to instill that type of confidence and work ethic in my leaders. To get them to see they are only limited by their own expectations, and that I will support them in their efforts any way I can.
March is just around the corner, and I’m counting on seeing all of you at the Tri-Cities Convention Center. I can’t wait to share success stories, aha moments, and big failures which turned into incredible learning opportunities. Most importantly, I look forward to seeing my people; a crazy tribe from around WA state who embraces pajama days, service projects, and anything done with a pool noodle as much as I do.
Leadership and AVID Teacher, ASB Advisor
Perry G. Keithley MS
Washington Activity Coordinators Association President
the Washington activity coordinators association
Members of WACA (Washington Activity Coordinators Association) include representatives from middle, junior and high schools from a variety of activity areas from all over Washington State. Delegates include activity coordinators, cheer coaches, ASB and club advisers, class advisers, administrators, athletic directors, leadership teachers and activity secretaries.
The Organization's Mission: To promote and provide resources for those involved in student activity programs that actively engage students in a positive learning community.