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Tobi Brimsek

Greetings! I would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome I've received over the past few months as I have become more immersed in SAA and its programs. Having been on staff for several months, I can only look to the future with an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities facing SAA. I am delighted to have become a part of such a dynamic organization. Below, I offer some highlights of recent activities, events, and accomplishments.

We are growing. As of the close of the 1996 fiscal year (June 30, 1996), the SAA membership rolls topped 6,000. The growth rate for the past fiscal year alone reached almost eight percent. Attendance at the 61st Annual Meeting in New Orleans reached just below 3,000 (2,962), a 28 percent increase in attendance over the Minneapolis meeting!

Speaking of meetings. . . We hope to see you in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Opryland Hotel, April 26, 1997, for SAA's 62nd Annual Meeting. For a preview of this exciting meeting, please see the article from David Anderson, our Nashville program chair, and Kevin Smith, our local advisory chair, located below.

Look for the SAA--in the exhibit hall at the Geological Society of America's 108th Annual Meeting in Denver, October 28-31, 1996. If you are attending the GSA meeting, stop by the SAA display in the exhibit hall and be sure to bring your friends and colleagues.

Have you visited the SAA? Electronically, that is. More than 6,200 visitors have explored the SAA website. It is growing and changing weekly. Point your browser to and discover a world of information. Send us your comments and ideas as well!

A golden partnership. . . SAA has recently entered into a partnership with the Bureau of Land Management to celebrate BLM's Golden Anniversary. In a memorandum of understanding signed by President Bill Lipe, SAA has agreed to "publicize the role that BLM plays in administering the federal government's largest, most culturally diverse, and scientifically most varied and important body of prehistoric resources. SAA will also recognize. . .some of the most outstanding prehistoric properties managed by the BLM that the public can experience and enjoy."

Archaeology and You. . . has been mailed to more than 22,000 people! Written by two SAA members, George Stuart and Frank McManamon, this publication is a joint effort of the United States Department of the Interior, in particular the National Park Service and the Bureau of Reclamation; the National Geographic Society; and the Society for American Archaeology. Since the initial mailing, SAA has continued to distribute Archaeology and You, with more than 10,000 copies sent from the headquarters office in the first three months following publication.

Staff changes -- We welcome Rick Peterson as our new administrative coordinator, replacing Carol Hawk who has been promoted to SAA's manager of membership and marketing. Please do not hesitate to contact any SAA staff if we may be of assistance to you.

Tobi Brimsek is executive director of SAA.

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