How are you doing in this unusual year of 2020? The Society has been productive over the last year. After the national meeting in New Orleans in September 2019 we all went home and started planning our 2020 regional meetings. Our North Central Region was planning to meet in Milwaukee; unfortunately all the regional meetings were cancelled/postponed due to the current pandemic. The Society is moving ahead with planning the next national meeting in Nashville, Tennessee in 2021 and Albuquerque New Mexico in 2023! The Leadership Team, Board of Directors and Convention Planners continue to meet and plan via Zoom video-teleconferences.
In addition to continuing with planning and the business of the Society our Outreach and Memoriam programs continue to be very active and robust. We could use everyone’s help to identify Air Force nurses we should keep in touch with through membership to the society, caring for them through our Outreach program or finally recognized them through the Memoriam program.
This last year we selected a new contractor to improve out SAFN website. Some aspects of the website appear familiar but the website is more robust and user friendly. This year when you renew your membership it is easier than ever to do so online!
Before you know it the deadline for submitting information for the spring Rendezvous will be on us – so think about sending in a picture or two and an update on where you are what you are doing. The deadline to the Rendezvous editor is 31 January 2021, so if you could have your input, updates, and pictures to me by 15 January 2021 that will give me a few days to collate the North Central Region input.
I plan to continue as the North Central Regional Director through the next term – that will complete 6 years of service in this role. Please consider volunteering for the North Central Director position in the future or one of the leadership positions in the Society.
I know you value your Air Force service so please renew your membership in the Society of Air Force Nurses for 2021! If you have any questions please phone or contact me at email@example.com
Dawn M Harl
Colleagues, after careful deliberation and consideration for the health and safety of our members, I have decided to cancel our September 17 - 10, 2020 North Central Region meeting in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Several other regions have also canceled their meetings this year. The next time we will have a regional meeting will in 2022 -- and I hope we can have it in Milwaukee! Planning is going forward with the next National SAFN Convention in Nashville Tennessee on August 24 - 28, 2021 -- I hope we can have a robust and enjoyable get-together.