About SARA's President
Gaetano Ragusa, FARA
2016 National President
Dear Fellow Member,
Architecture matters, it touches every part of our lives, work, play and our conversations. SARA matters, intertwined in us the same way as architecture. We nurture it; befriend it; talk about it. In this new role, I acknowledge SARA as architecture inspires me and hope to inspire others.
I am grateful to many SARA friends and colleagues whom have supported me and provided guidance through the years of my SARA membership. As I embark on this new role, I would like to express gratitude to the Board of Directors, past presidents, executives, and the membership body for your vote of confidence and bestowing the office of President to my trust.
In this message, I want to look to the future, to what I hope to accomplish over the next year. As we look ahead to 2017-08 and the celebration of SARA's 60th anniversary, we must be open to doing things in new ways. We must stay current, and do new things to benefit our members, such as expanding and improving our Continuing Education program, using video conferencing for our committees without the additional expense of travel, implementing the electronic distribution of our association's publication, SARAScope, and much more.
Through the years, I have learned SARA's motto "Architect Helping Architect" is true to the core which has been evident for me by the support I have received from all members and friends alike. The board and I will set in place strategies to serve our members better and to encourage newmembers to join. We also want to extend membership to those who have long accompanied SARA as industry-affiliates and want to promote the possibility of working together. In addition, our committees are enthusiastic about updating our programs and making them more efficient for our members to use.
Our Annual Conference Committee, the Celebration of Architecture and Design Committee, as well as the Education Fund have begun their meetings and campaign strategies for our 60th anniversary Grand Gala Celebration in Scottsdale, Arizona. I pledge my support and welcome your participation in whatever endeavor is required to assure a grand time for all of us. I invite you to save the date for SARA's annual National Conference coming up in October.
I appreciate your enthusiasm as we work together to advance our respected profession and this professional organization that supports the architects and helps to further a positive image to the public we serve. Our focus on recognizing excellence in design by our Professional Design Awards program and our scholarship opportunities for students, are good models for success, and we look forward to our members participation in this year's National and Regional Council's Design Awards competitions and scholarship programs.
I am anxious to begin and look forward to your support. I wish you all the very best for a Happy and Healthy New Year as we embark on this journey of furthering the SARA organization and our membership benefits together.
Gaetano Ragusa, FARA