I've always been a big believer in Associations, of people working together to achieve more as a group than each individual could by themselves. It was because of Alaska's Mat-Su B&B Association (www.alaskalodgingmatsu.com) that I chose to move to Alaska, and Palmer specifically. After being involved in AMSBBA for a couple of years, I ran for the board of directors and ended up President. I became involved, too, with the B&B Association of Alaska (www.alaskabba.com). I've been a member of both for over a decade. It has been a great pleasure to have served as the President of BBAA now for nearly four years. My term as BBAA's president is drawing to a close, so I'm looking back on my time at the helm.
What stands out? That I've gained far, far more than I've given! From all the meetings and conversations and chances to hear smart people share, I'm so grateful for all the tidbits and giant "ah-hah's." I learned the new-to-me art of becoming an innkeeper from the ladies and gents who knew far more than I did.
It's been a great pleasure to serve and lead these two groups of bed and breakfast owners. While I brought some new thoughts about websites and marketing and such, these members have taught me so much more! Some of my favorite take-aways are: making a guest feel at home and comfortable, how to clean so a guest would swear no one had ever stayed there before, and how to take it all in stride when we're stressed out and tired! And I doubt I'll ever find a yummier breakfast dish than Mary Littlefair's cheesy hashbrown casserole--mmmm.
Karen Harris, Innkeeper