Meeting and Committee Highlights
OCT 2016 – FEB 2017
Membership as of October 9th, 2016 was 255 members. There are over 1000 prospective members in the metro area. Rorie Chinnock, membership chair and President-elect, has been actively sending letters to welcome new members and follow up with any lapsed members. Ending membership as of February 13th, 2017 is 282 members. We are growing in numbers yet attendance at meetings continues to decline. We are working on a monkey survey to get feedback on what you are looking for in an association. Letter template received from national for periop 101 students. Will look into recruiting from periop 101 groups.
Awards were clarified and reduced to four this past year. They are Promising Clinical Star Award, Rising Star Membership, Distinguished Service Award, and Outstanding Perioperative Nursing Practice Award. The awards are based on the previous year service. We will soon be looking at the 2016-2017 nominations. Please consider nominating a deserving individual. Many members also earned their CNOR during the 2015-2016 year and the chapter purchased CNOR pins for them. If you were not recognized with your pin at a meeting, please contact Mary Mirick at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to still recognize your efforts!
In the Fall Stereoscope, a proposal was made related to the dissolution of the chapter along with the voting date of January 7th, 2017. The proposal passed that if the association dissolves, all funds in the treasury will be given to the AORN Foundation. Bylaws will be sent for final approval for our Chapter Accountability Standards. More bylaws updates coming from national in the new year.
October cash donations were sent to Augsburg Women’s Clinic. Our November collection was Toys for Tots. In December, we did a service project, Cooking for Kids, at the RMH within Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis. Then at the January Jam we collected $100 which was split between the Eagan and Coon Rapids Feed My Starving Children locations while several members participated in packing food for needy children across the world.
October topic was member engagement -1 CEU- presented by Marilyn Westphal. November fall workshop on instrument processing presented by IMS for 5 CEU’s. 3M night was 1 CEU also on instrument processing and the perfect storm. January Jam was mixed topics for 7 CEU’s. See calendar for future dates of education.
Beginning balance $21,063.95 on Oct 8th, 2016. Income from silent auction, fall workshop, Gerten’s fundraiser, basket raffle, and chapter dues. Expenses related to fall workshop. Ending balance $26,221.25 on December 4th, 2016.
Search for candidates to fill the 2017-2018 ballot was successful. Read about the candidates on the posted ballot on page 15. Voting will be at the Saturday morning meeting on May 6th at Children’s Hospital, Mpls.
Out of session for much of this time period. Future discussion will include the health care reform into the new presidency.
Discussion regarding continuing newsletter with the rebirth of the chapter website: www.aorntwincities.com Will continue printing at least one more year. We are also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. #wearegettingthere
Watch for a Monkey survey. Please complete. Expo 2017 coming up in April!
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