Dear FCEC Colleagues,

As we contemplate the upcoming summer months, I wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to our members, chapter and subdivision leaders, students and families and share with you ALL our accomplishments and progress at Florida Council for Exceptional Children (FCEC). As you know, we developed our 2017-2018 FCEC Strategic Goals through significant analysis and input and were guided by CEC’s Mission of service and advocacy. We collectively decided to focus on two overarching themes: (1) Engaging Members and (2) Forging Connections. The key reasons for the selection of these two overarching themes were to maintain FCEC as the premier location for Exceptional Education professional engagement in Florida and to continue to build on our collective pride and purpose in our chosen field. 

Thanks to the dedication and hard work of all of our members, leaders of our chapters, subdivisions, student units and the FCEC Board members, I am pleased to report the following to highlight some of progress we have made to date:

· 12% annual increase in FCEC membership

· 10% membership increase from January 2018 – February 2018

· Florida has one of the highest total CEC members

· The 1st mentorship program between FCEC students and their local professional members is established at the Big Bend Chapter 0311

I am heartened by the progress we have made and by the extent to which our Strategic Plan is producing positive results and gaining recognition for FCEC locally and nationally. Given the reality that maintaining and surpassing these accomplishments requires persistent efforts to foster leadership within our membership, I urge you ALL to join us at our upcoming Leadership Conference on June 15 – 16, 2018 at the Mission Inn in Howey in the Hills, Florida -Registration is now open. We have packed the days of this conference with stimulating keynote speeches, thought provoking sessions and an opportunity to meet and network with brilliant and remarkable people. We are also using this occasion to announce and honor our FCEC and Subdivision Award Winners. We truly believe that the Leadership Conference is our annual opportunity to engage with you ALL concerning our progress to date and to collectively determine what further efforts should be made to promote leadership within our membership in order to advance FCEC’s mission of service and advocacy.

As always, we value your input and contributions, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us at fcecleadership@gmail.com to ask questions, provide guidance and/or share suggestions so we may move our collective mission forward.

With Love & Gratitude,

Fartun Mohamud

Fartun Mohamud, Ed.D., LMHC, NCC

FCEC Board President