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by Emma Borders, Immediate Past President
This 2012 Annual Meeting was the culmination of the leadership team’s work for this past year. The year (July 2011 – June 2012) began with the highlight of the 2011 Leadership Training Conference with an array of speakers and special guests including Patrick House of the NBC’s Biggest Loser reality television show – the after-event survey results were outstanding and were tempered with constructive comments. This past year was a transition period for the Alliance of facing the reality of the AMA Alliance’s future position. I am very proud of our leadership team for taking the initiative for this transition and of our members who continued their support to make this AMA Alliance have a solid and strong future. The Alliance Board of Directors took on administrative tasks and other duties as needed throughout the year. The Annual Meeting planning and implementing was a full Board of Directors undertaking of what was required to be done from securing speakers to volunteering at the registration desk. In March the transition had been completed by contracting with the Next Wave Group for administrative and professional specialty needs.
Your leadership team (Board of Directors, committee members, and now Pat Troy of NWG) commend all of you for supporting the Alliance Annual Meeting and Leadership Training with your attendance. Over 200 members and guests participated in this meeting and 90th Anniversary celebration that included AMA Alliance past presidents, AMA Board of Trustees, AMA Foundation Board of Directors and staff, Past Executive Director Hazel Lewis, spouses, and guests.
This year the Board of Directors heeded our members’ comments and recommendations and voted to combine the Leadership Training with this Annual Meeting. This combining of meetings will be more cost effective for states to support leaders and will mean less time for our members to be away from their families.
The Leadership Training portion of this meeting was held on Sunday and Monday afternoons. Alliance members, Krista Crawford–Mathis, PhD, and Gay Bowman presented specific Alliance planning topics on what to do as an alliance leader - county, state, and national. For those into social media and the new avenue of communication for many members and organizations, Gini Dietrich informed us of more social media sites that many of us even knew existed. Brought back by special requests, the leadership networking session with directors and committee chairs has always been a favorite and allows attendees to communicate with other state and county leaders and members.
The "networking" session continued in the Edelweiss room on the 43rd floor with refreshments and the beautiful and breathtaking view of Lake Michigan. To facilitate this session was the surprise entertainment by ventriloquist, Dee Ann Bass, President - Louisiana State Medical Society Alliance. After a demonstration of her ventriloquist talents, with reluctant but willing volunteers, the attendees were encouraged to get to know their fellow Alliance members from other states. Numerous lucky attendees were winners of door prizes that included AMA Alliance caps, tee and sweat shirts, and duffle bags.
The renowned professor and author, Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr., delighted all of us with an inspiring and informative presentation at the Monday morning breakfast, and is donating proceeds from his book and speaking engagements to the charity, One Acre Farm. The Alliance purchased copies of his book, From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Value-Based Leadership, for each attendee, and then contributed to the organization (charity) that carries out the book's values-based leadership in support of farmers in Africa.
The second session of the Leadership Training offered topics on public speaking - speech writing and delivery - and preparing our Alliance organization for the future. Pat Troy, author of Flex: The Virtual Office Advantage, presented “Positioning the AMA Alliance for the Future;” Jean Howard, Alliance past president, and Anna Puccinelli, AMA Communications and speechwriter for the AMA leadership, presented two different perspectives on speech writing and delivery. Susan Finerty, author of the Master of Matrix: 7 Essentials for Getting Things Done in Complex Organizations, as a consultant focuses on helping organizations become more effective to design and implement change and coaches leaders on improving communications and leadership skills.
Attendees, volunteers, and conference staff members who must be named and thanked for their participation.
- The AMA representatives were Dr. Peter W. Carmel, AMA President, for taking time from his many busy duties at the AMA meeting to offer remarks at the 90th Anniversary reception, the opening session, and then to perform the Presidential installation for Pat Hyer, and Dr. Clarence Chou, AMA Foundation President- elect, who delivered remarks at the opening session and the 90th Anniversary reception.
- Our dutiful spouses are Dr. Rex Hyer who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and assisted immeasurably in numerous other ways and Dr. Dwight Klettke who manned the registration desk for all days and welcomed all of us with a smile.
- The 90th Celebration committee members were Jean Hill, Gay Bowman, Ann Hansen, Nita Maddox, Dianne Fenyk, Hazel Lewis, Debbi Ricks, D’Anna Wick, TMA staff of Loretto Koepsel and Sandy Solis, and Pat Hyer and Emma Borders. A very special thank you goes to Debbi Ricks for the many hours of work on the presentation of the Alliance history in the outstanding professional slide show.
- All members who agreed to run for election to the Board Development Committee were: Stephanie Caspito, Shoba Gaymes, Bridget McKeever, Deborah Peabody, Joni Routman, Felicity Thompson, Trish Youngman, Mary Rice, and Mary Shuman.
- Conference staff members: Pat Troy, who travelled from Maryland to attend this Annual Meeting to offer her expertise advice and assistance to us. Jose Fragoso who worked many hours in the evenings and weekends to have our convention materials readily available and who would run to the AMA office for copies and other items needed; Delores Luna and Angela LaFronza, who also worked behind the scenes to have materials available.
- Anne Smith, AMA Foundation staff member, who beautifully performed the national anthem.
- Barb Savage who accepted the position of chair of the Election Committee and the members who agreed to serve on the election committee: Gail Brabson, Sandi Anderson, Aroona Dave, Barb Hanas, Kathy Hill, Ellen Morgan, Bud Ranasinghe, Patricia Udekwu, Anita White, and Libby White.
- Last but not least, the Louisiana delegation who have supported me not only this year but many previous years and who served as the presidential aides: Dee Ann Bass, Kasey Renois, Betty DeMars, Connie Boyer, Anita White, Hanan Moufarrej, Wren Eagleton, Vicki Krupala, and Rose Kuplesky.
As in the past, please visit this link to complete the meeting evaluation and have input for our future meeting. We welcome and appreciate your comments.
I thank you all again for electing me to be your president. It has been an honor to represent medical families and this outstanding organization.