We are only a few days away from the 2011 Educational & Networking Forum at the Pier 5 Hotel in Baltimore on the Inner Harbor. As you may have seen from the member eblasts, this conference is Sold Out !!! We are thrilled with the response to our conference this year and look forward to seeing you there. Mary Kay DeGeorge, 2011 Conference Chair, and the Conference Committee have organized an exceptional program.
I wanted to let you know that we have made a few changes to the business portion of the meeting. This year, to highlight the importance of our volunteers, we have moved the Awards presentation to the opening session on Friday at noon. In the past the awards were announced at the business meeting; by moving them to the beginning of the conference we think this will further honor our award winners and volunteers.
The business meeting will take place Friday afternoon after the last educational session and just before we leave for the optional dinner cruise event. The business meeting will still contain several important reports, including a report from Marianne Hallas, AALNC Secretary Treasurer, on the financial status of AALNC.
We have also shifted the timing for the Presidential remarks to other areas of the program. I will give my President's Address on the "State of the Association" Saturday morning at the opening session. The AALNC Board of Directors has been working hard to advance our strategic initiatives this year. I have quite a bit to report to you, so be sure to attend this session to hear all about our accomplishments!
The passing of the gavel will occur Saturday afternoon after the educational sessions and before the optional dinner speaker event. At that time Sharon McQuown will begin her term as the 2011 - 2012 AALNC President. She will then give her remarks and discuss her vision for the year ahead. Sharon has really excelled in her role as President Elect this year, providing support and input in all critical decision making. I could not have done it without her! AALNC is very fortunate to have Sharon as our next President, I know she will do well in the role.
Karen J. Huff, BSN RN LNCC