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Letter From Our President

Welcome to the great state of Texas’ National Emergency Number Association Chapter website. We hope that you find this web site filled with information that you can use in your profession as a member of our 9-1-1 family. If you are not yet a member of our organization, I encourage you to unlock the power and privileges you can obtain by joining NENA today! There are educational and networking benefits that will prove to be invaluable to you and your agency throughout your 9-1-1 career.

The 2014-2015 Executive Board was sworn in during the business meeting on April 9, 2014 at the third annual joint TX-APCO/NENA Conference in Galveston. Your board members are dedicated professionals who will be at the helm to guide this organization over the next year and into the future. But we cannot do it alone. During our business meeting, I was privileged to address the membership and I would like to share a few of those words with you here.

Apple has been running an advertisement using Walt Whitman’s words… "The powerful play goes on and you contribute a verse...The powerful play goes on and you contribute a verse." As we go through life, we have the opportunity to decide what our verse will be. It may change with time or we may create new verses. There are ideas to explore and actions to take. This applies not only to our personal life but our professional life as well. We are approaching a critical juncture within our 9-1-1 industry. There are considerations impacting all of us who are dedicated to public safety. It requires vigilance and preparedness to address the many aspects that we will face. Collaboration is the key, in order to realize our shared goals and see NG9-1-1 as a reality. And so we must do everything in our power to meet these challenges -- to shape the future into something we can be proud to leave as our legacy -- to create that verse of our own.

We have a wealth of expertise within Texas. Your TX NENA Board stands ready to work with you to educate, mentor and build partnerships. I encourage you to get involved in committees. Help enhance relationships and draw people from different backgrounds into our association. Take advantage of the opportunities to become public educators, trainers, and to obtain designation as an Emergency Number Professional (ENP). Make plans to attend the TX-APCO/TX-NENA state conference at the Galveston Island Convention Center, April 19-22, 2015. And know that the essence of what we do in this chapter enhances outcomes that will provide the best 9-1-1 service for our citizens.

"The powerful play goes on and you contribute a verse..." So I ask you -- what will your verse be over the next year? I challenge each of you to add yours to our Chapter. Together we can make our TX NENA strong!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

Toni Dunne, ENP
TX-NENA President