MEETING AND COMMITTEE UPDATES
SEPT 2017-JAN 2018
As of October 1st, 2017 we had 348 members registered in our chapter. As of January 1st, 2019 we have 370 members. That’s 100 more than last year. If anyone wants to change chapter membership status, one must call or email National directly or wait for their renewal notice.
Awards & Certification
Awards were given at the fall kickoff and recognized in the Fall Newsletter. Award nomination forms are available and we will be needing nominees by August 1st for their involvement during this past year. Recognize those that do outstanding work or are rising stars with a nomination!
Bylaws & Policies
The bylaws were updated to match National wording change “NLDC” to just “Nominating Committee.” Also our quoram was reduced from 8% to 5% at business and chapter meetings. National recommends 3-5%. With a growing chapter and low attendance at meetings, it was difficult to get items passed. The bylaws were finally approved at the December meeting and sent to National Headquarters along with the Chapter Accountability Standards for the year.
See the article in the newsletter for complete community relations update.
Education & Workshops
The Fall Kickoff, Fall Workshop, and 50th Anniversary celebration in December were all very well attended. Incentive and grant monies from National helped to offset costs for these events.
The February thaw meeting is Saturday, Feb 10th on Opiate Crisis in America. March 12th topic will be on positioning
(it was requested from the Fall Workshop evaluation).
The Spring Workshop is Saturday, April 14th on Transgender Concerns
(4 CH), registration required. May meeting will be a vendor presentation. The Fall workshop (5 CH) is planned for Nov 10th with Vangie Dennis.
Beginning balance of $20,953.98 at the start of the financial year (July 1st) Ending balance on February 9th is $17,714.79. Income sources are Chapter dues, national incentives, vendor fair, silent auction, gift card raffle, workshop and kickoff registrations, and stereoscope ad sales. Chapter expenses are related to speaker fees, workshop and event costs, laptop purchase for the chapter, awards, delegate checks, and community relations efforts. All delegate checks have been processed. Ten delegates each received $1100 towards EXPO in New Orleans 2018. The Chapter also donates $1 for every member to the AORN Foundation annually; therefore, a check for $350 was sent in December 2017. A donation of $100 will be sent to the EXPO Silent Auction.
The Nominating Committee has reviewed the candidates and completed the ballot for 2018-19. You will find the complete ballot and brief bios on each candidate in this issue. Nominations needed to be completed by February, posted to the chapter in March, approved in April, and new officers installed in May this year. June will be the transitional board meeting. Caroline Ness will move to President Elect and Jane Oksnevad will finish her term on the Board.
The MN Legislature is status quo. Anne Jones has contributed several articles to this newsletter from HealthCare Reform to what is on the agenda at National. Anne will also be working with our December speaker, Georgie Dinghoff-Hogenson on the statewide circulator bill. AORN National does not have MN on the agenda for this topic. This will be a 1-3 year strategy. Thank you!
Newsletter & Communication
Deadline for the Summer newsletter is June10th. Four companies continue advertising with us. We have recruited a new advertisement with Irrisept this year! Scanlan continues to electronically send the Stereoscope out to the majority of members and a small mailing list to hospitals and ASCs and members who have not submitted an email to National. FaceBook has grown to 102 members! This is a closed group. Message Leah VanGorp to join!
Three members will attend the Leadership Meeting at EXPO on Saturday from 8-11. They are Caroline Ness, Stacy Johnson, and Denise Edelman. Chapter Accountability standards were submitted and accepted on December 30th, 2017. Rorie would like to thank everyone for their help with all the activities so far this year. Any pictures from celebrations can be given to Anne Jones. Michelle Nolander no longer works for AORN National due to restructuring. She is working as the Director of a Denver ASC.
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