About NAAP
Founded by Activity Professionals
for Activity Professionals...

NAAP is the only national group that
represents activity professionals in
geriatric settings exclusively. NAAP
serves as a catalyst for both professional
and personal growth and has come to be
recognized by government officials as
the voice of the activity profession on
national issues concerning long-term
care facilities, retirement living, assisted
living, adult day services, and senior
citizen centers. NAAP is nationwide in
scope with a growing membership in
Canada and Bermuda.

The National Association of Activity
Professionals recognizes the following
values:

The quality of life of the
client/resident/participant/patient served
is the primary reason for our services.

The strength of NAAP lies in the diversity
of its members.  NAAP recognizes the
rich cultural, and educational
backgrounds of its members and values
the variety of resources represented.

The strength of NAAP also lies in the
development and promotion of scientific
research which further defines and
supports the activity profession.

NAAP values the development and
maintenance of coalitions with
organizations whose mission is similar to
that of NAAP's for the purposes of
advocacy, research, education, and
promotion of activity services and
activity professionals.

NAAP values members who become
involved at the state and national level
to promote professional standards as well
as encourage employers to recognize
them as professionals.

NAAP affords Activity Professionals
across the country the opportunity to
speak with a common voice...

NAAP successfully worked with members
of Congress to secure a change in the
nursing home reform title of the 1987
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
(OBRA). Through our efforts, it became
mandatory that an activity program,
directed by a qualified professional, be
provided in every nursing home that
receives Medicare and/or Medicaid
funds.

NAAP was the only professional activity
association to participate in HCFA's
workgroups that revised OBRA's
interpretive guidelines now in effect.

NAAP provides assistance at the state
level to promote certification of activity
professionals, working toward uniform
professional standards for activity
practice.
NAAP Mission Statement
To provide excellence in support services to activity professionals through education,
advocacy, technical assistance, promotion of standards,
fostering of research, and peer and industry relations.
MEMBERSHIP
WHY NOT JOIN NOW?
There are so many benefits when you belong to NAAP!  Each member will receive a newsletter which will give the updated
reports on Government Relations, Special Interests, International Updates, Professional Development, Nominations,
Standards of Practice, Financial Updates and a Membership Report. Along with this comes an update from our President,
Diane Mockbee, and our Executive Director, Charles Taylor.

Members will also receive a discounted rate at the Annual Conference which is held in March/April of each year.

Effective JAN 1, 2006 membership dues are:
Active Membership = $75 US dollars
Associate Membership = $65 US dollars
International Membership (outside US) = $65 USD
Student Membership = $55 US dollars
Supportive Membership = $99 US dollars

Email us for more information at
membership@thenaap.com.

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DEBBIE BERA
ACTIVITY DIRECTOR TODAY
Parachute Packers
By Diane Mockbee, ADC, BS

I have been busy getting the Open and Closed Board Meeting agendas, Strategic Planning
Agenda and compilation of the Executive Director’s annual evaluation.  It takes many
revisions of the agenda before the final one comes out, but this is what keeps us on track at
our meetings and keeps us to our time constraints.  This newsletter will come out after our
board meeting but I am sure we will accomplish a lot of business while in Tennessee.  We
have set one day aside for our strategic planning for the second year in a row.  We have
accomplished a lot of our goals from last year and we want to keep moving forward for NAAP
with new goals and to finalize the ones not yet completed.

I recently received an e-mail in which a US Navy pilot was shot down during combat in
Vietnam after 75 combat missions.  His plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile but
Officer Plum ejected and parachuted into enemy hands where he was captured and spent
six years as a prisoner of war.    One day, many years later, Officer Plum and his wife were
in a restaurant when a man approached him and said, “you’re Plumb!  You flew jet fighters
in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk and you were shot down!”  Astounded by this
man’s remarks Officer Plum asked “How in the world did you know that?”  The man
answered, “I packed your parachute and I guess it worked!”  Officer Plumb stated, ‘It sure
did. If your chute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today!”  Following this encounter Plumb
thought more about this man – What did he look like in uniform?  How many time did I pass
by him and not say “Good Morning”. (After all, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor!).  
Plumb then thought of how many hours this sailor had spent below deck in the bowels of the
ship carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands
each time, the fate of someone you don’t know.  Plumb has gone one to speak to many
audiences about his POW experiences but always asks the same question, “Who packs
your parachute?” He believes that everyone has someone who provides what they need to
make it through the day.  He points out that he needed many different types of parachutes
the day he was shot down over enemy territory.  He needed his physical parachute, his
mental parachute, his emotional parachute and his spiritual parachute.  These were the
support he called upon before reaching safety.

Sometimes through all of our daily challenges we miss what is really important.  We fail to
say hello, please or thank you or congratulate those who have had something wonderful
happen to them that day – even to pass on a compliment.  As you go through each day,
month or year, recognize the people who pack your parachute.  We sometimes call them
mentors, but they are the ones who have supported you through everything!  They are the
ones who pack OUR parachutes!

Our residents too have daily challenges and I am sure if you asked them, they would say
that you are the one who packs their parachute!! You greet them, praise them, encourage
them and acknowledge them.  We too are the “Parachute Packers”!!

Be sure to acknowledge your Parachute Packer today.
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