I'm sure this is the way your first day in the Financial Aid Office went. Your boss said "welcome" then told you that there are only a few regulations we have to follow, that Pat Shoemakerthey're clear and uncomplicated, and that they hardly ever change. Right? No, I didn't think so. We all know that the rules and regulations we have to follow can change at the drop of a hat, and we're supposed to be able to change as well, often with little or no specific guidance. So that's when we have to turn to our co-workers and fellow members of Tri-State. Without the support and knowledge we share among ourselves, getting through these sometimes daily changes could really make life a lot more challenging.

I hope you think about this, as well as the other benefits, when it's time to renew your membership. And I also hope that you plan to become active, or more active, in Tri-State so that we can continue to grow this great organization! Don't just join---join in!

I'm honored to be the Chair for 2013-2014, and I'm looking forward to meeting, and working with, as many of you as possible in the coming months, including at our Fall Conference in November. Conference Chair Angie Hovatter is planning some great sessions, with lots of interesting and timely information, so mark your calendar and make plans to be at the Hagerstown Clarion November 12-14.

If you have any thoughts or suggestions about Tri-State, please feel free to contact me at

Pat Shoemaker
Chair 2013-2014

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