Make Yourself Heard

Kenneth Shapiro Just as you receive this issue, ASTA will be sending out ballots to its members for a vote on a restructuring plan that will have a major impact on that organization. Each chapter will be coordinating the voting in its region in the case of Southern California ASTA, for instance, the ball

By: Kenneth Shapiro

Just as you receive this issue, ASTA will be sending out ballots to its members for a vote on a restructuring plan that will have a major impact on that organization. Each chapter will be coordinating the voting in its region in the case of Southern California ASTA, for instance, the ballots will be sent out on Sept. 7, and the deadline for voting is Sept. 21. National results will be announced on Sept. 22.

As we go to press, ASTA’s leadership is actively working to answer questions and better inform its members on what this vote means to the organization. I encourage all of you who are members to take advantage of some of the things ASTA is doing along these lines whether it’s participating in a conference call with chapter presidents, doing your own research on ASTA’s Web site or simply reading the information in ASTA’s daily Smart-Briefs electronic newsletter in order to make an educated decision.

For our part, TravelAge West supports the reorganization of ASTA. While it might not be an ideal turn of events, and it may mean higher fees for some agents, we believe it is the best solution for the future of the organization.

The plan has been unanimously approved by both the Board of Directors and the Chapter Presidents Council. After hearing ASTA president Kathy Sudeikis explain the issues behind the restructuring and the efforts that went into formulating the plan, there is no doubt in my mind that this move was not taken arbitrarily or without carefully weighing all the options.

Regardless, however, of how you vote, it will behoove all agents to get the best understanding possible on this topic, and of course participate in the process of deciding the group’s future.  

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