Reflections on a Golden Week

Centennial Celebration Weekend Events – Roll call.
September 10-14, 2021.

Omni Shoreham Hotel – Washington, D.C.      Yes, Hawaii was there.
APTA Centennial Center Open House              Yes, Hawaii was there.
APTA Presidents Forum                                      Yes, Hawaii was there.
APTA Centennial Gala at the
Washington National Cathedral                         Yes, Hawaii was there.
APTA House of Delegates                                    Yes, Hawaii was there.
APTA Centennial Scholars Programming          Yes, Hawaii was there.
52nd Mary McMillan Lecture and Honors &
Awards Ceremony at the John F. Kennedy
Center for the Performing Arts.                          Yes, Hawaii was there.
APTA Future of Physical Therapy
Summit at the Capital Turnaround                     Yes, Hawaii was there.
PT PAC Reception                                                   Yes, Hawaii was there.
APTA Advocacy Day. United States Capitol        Yes, Hawaii was there (virtual zoom).

Oh, what a feeling. Happy 100th birthday. An uplifting spirit. An improved purpose. A better delivery of physical therapy. A stronger relationship. A healthier world. WE were there.

Honors & Awards
The Lucy Blair Service Award – Contributions to APTA are of exceptional quality.
2021 Awardee – Marilyn E. Miller, PT PhD Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy.

“My vision for APTA Hawaii in the next 100 years. Well, I won’t be here to witness all of it! However, I hope in reviewing the past history, APTA Hawaii is empowered to take on the quest for what it wants the profession to be. The trend that I hope for is that when the chapter decides something is worth doing, it gets done! And the members need a cause, a project to rally around and make the presence of physical therapy known. Don’t be shy, but continue to be humble, for this great profession of physical therapy has so much to offer. Shout it out: PHYSICAL THERAPIST, PTA, Physical Therapy; what is it, what can it do for the population. Shine your individual light to be a beacon for those in need to get the aid they need to live a quality life. Don’t be afraid of the new and different. Explore, question, use, embrace and develop.”
Dr. Marilyn Miller

I want One Moment in Time
When I’m more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time
When I’m racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will feel (pause)
I will feel eternity.
– John Bettis, Lyricist

A pause, silence, and an empty space left intentionally. Allowing for you that opportunity. Your choosing to fill in the blank; to envision, create and act. By discernment and reasoning, taking positive action. Together, to be in the presence of what is larger beyond one’s own understanding.  Lokahi to be united as one.

Marilyn did that. We can, can.
One moment in time celebrated over Centennial Celebration Weekend in DC.
Impacting each of our lives and our patient lives.
Lucky we live as Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants.
Lucky to shout out Physical Therapy and Aloha.
Lucky we live Hawaii.

Mahalo piha (heartfelt gratitude),

Art Lum, PT

 


Posted on October 5, 2021 by Chapter Staff
Originally Published in APTA Hawaii’s Monthly e-Newsletter – October 2021

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