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Happy 2023 Members!

I am honored to have been asked to step into the President’s position for Columbia Chapter in 2023.  I have been a Columbia Chapter member, probably longer than any current active member!  I first joined Columbia Chapter in 1988 as a relatively new Buyer for the City of Portland.  Since then I have served in various committees, as well as on the Board, including Chapter President during the 1998-99 fiscal year.  This is not my first rodeo!

I am looking forward to a year of increased member participation, more learning opportunities, and fun events.  We are already in the process of planning our Columbia Chapter/OPPA joint conference for March 8, so please mark your calendars!  It will be a 1/2 day Virtual event, at no charge to the membership.  The agenda is in the process of  being finalized, but I can tell you the speakers we are lining up are top notch.  Remember, March is Purchasing Month, and March 8th is Buyer’s Day.  

I wish you all a healthy, prosperous, and memorable (in a good way!) new year!

Craig Johnsen
Columbia Chapter President 2023

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