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JAN 2018 – May 2018

As of January 2018, we had 370 members (100 more members than a year ago) The chapter maintained 60% of its current membership and recruited new members and peri-op 101 students. If we had maintained 80% of our membership, we would have been eligible for 2 EXPO registrations. We did not meet that criteria. In May 2018, we ended with 378 members. Based on these numbers we did receive an $800 incentive from National AORN for recruitment. Great work!

Awards & Certification
No activity during this time period. However, the nominations are being accepted now for the 2017-2018 year for the fall presentation of awards. See the Award Form in this newsletter. Deadline is August 1st, 2018. Please mail to Mary Mirick, Awards, Chairperson. Her address and email are on the bottom of the Awards Form.

Bylaws & Policies
Bylaw changes were voted on and approved at the December 2017 meeting. The main change was to align the wording to match the National Bylaws such as the change from Nominating and Leadership Development Committee to Nominating Committee. We also reduced our quoram percentage for voting due to low attendance at meetings and increased membership numbers. The committee will attempt to tackle the policy manual in the coming year.

Community Relations
February donations went to American Heart Assn and we served lunch at the Ronald McDonald house following our Saturday meeting. April donations went to Dakota Woodlands. May donations went to Open Door Pantry / Mobile Lunchbox program. Total donations for the year were $1,287.00. Mary Kay Boell will be handing over the Chairperson position to Jacob Wager. Welcome Jacob!

Education & Workshops
February topic was Opioid Crisis in America. March topic was Bladder Stimulation. April Spring Workshop topic was Caring for Transgender Patients. Spring workshop had to be rescheduled until May due to April MN blizzard. May topic was Nursing now – Nursing later. Planning for Fall kickoff on September10th is under way. Also planning for Fall Workshop with National speakers, Vange Dennis and Brenda Ulmer, is set for November 10th. Application for National grant to assist with travel expenses has been submitted by Cheryl Langford. The ANCC approval process for continuing education was expensive and very time laden. Therefore, after April 30th, 2018 we will no longer be an ANCC Provider through WNA. Our ANCC programs will be a 1:1 application either through AORN or WNA. We will need to be proactive in applying for contact hours. More details can be obtained from Cheryl Langford or Barb Wiemann.

Beginning balance on 1/2/18 was $19,109.90. Income from Chapter dues, advertisement sales, volunteerism match, National incentives, and Spring Workshop. Expenses were speakers fees, SW food, RMH food, and 50th anniversary expenses submitted in January. Ending balance 5/14/18 was $19,724.33. Always seeking new fundraising ideas and assistance! Budget for 2018-19 reviewed, amended, and approved by the Board. Presented to the chapter at the May meeting and approved also.

Nominating Committee
The ballot was filled, accepted and approved by the membership. Voting to occur at Spring Workshop with installation of officers at the May meeting. President: Denise Edelman
President Elect: Caroline Ness
Secretary: Leah VanGorp
Board of Directors: Jane Oksnevad (to complete Caroline’s last year) and Dick Hebrink
Melissa Domogalla and Ruth Mitchell. Melissa Domogalla needed to withdraw her nomination at the last minute due to a relocation. Jacob Wager was approved to fill this position and installed with the rest of the officers. Always a reminder to view National candidates for office and vote during the EXPO period either in person or from home. All AORN members are allowed to vote.

There are several opportunities for advocacy – look at the MNA website.  Legislative session runs from February 20th through May 31st. Nurses’ Day on the hill on March 5th and 6th were cancelled due to weather. Student Nurse on the Hill day is April 10th. Unfortunately we are seeing many cuts to needed programs and insurance options. See Anne Jones, our expert, to find out more.

Newsletter & Social Media
OR NurseLink and FaceBook seem to be working well as communication options for our chapter. We also have a website at The newsletter is published three times a year: spring, summer, and fall. The next deadline is October 1st for a November 1st delivery to members. Newsletter is mailed to about 50 facilities in the metro area and sent electronically to all members of AORN #2401 based on your email address you have listed at National. Always looking for writers for the Stereoscope! It’s easy. Please volunteer!

New business
Three members attended the Leadership Conference during EXPO; they were Denise Edelman, Stacy Johnson, and Caroline Ness. Membership approved a $100 donation to National for the Silent Auction Fundraiser. Web Ex was successfully used for one Board meeting during this time. Hotel Reservations for 2019 have been made by Denise Edelman. Deposit has been placed on 5 rooms. September 17th will be the MN Summit meeting – hosting all MN chapter Leadership for talk with Kerilyn Vox, from National AORN Chapter Services![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_widget_sidebar sidebar_id=”main-sidebar”][/vc_column][/vc_row]