Dear AALNC Members,
As I write this, we have just adjourned our Annual Education and Networking Forum. Every Forum I’ve had the pleasure of attending was unique in its special way, either for its host city, the quality of its speakers, or enthusiasm of the attendees. This year’s Forum was no different in those respects. This year was unique since it was AALNC’s first virtual Forum.
The board and I want to recognize the tireless efforts of the Forum Planning Committee led by Sue Point and Susan Carleo in collaboration with our incredible Headquarters team who ensured a world-class virtual experience. Their ability to pivot to a virtual format, while providing LNCs excellence in education and networking opportunities, was inspiring and the Forum had record attendance. Thank you for all the positive feedback, especially from our new attendees and exhibitor partners: it is genuinely appreciated and gratifying.
Another unique AALNC addition is the LNC Ambassador position. We listened to requests for a “go-to” person who can provide answers to questions and offer guidance and support as needed, especially to our newer colleagues. Please join me in welcoming Marjorie Pugatch as our inaugural ambassador-congratulations Margie!
I’m honored to serve as AALNC President this year and follow the many great leader volunteers who preceded me in this important role. Our goal remains the same: to promote your individual growth as a successful LNC no matter when or how you got here. We aim to be your professional home and maintain the highest standards through education, networking, and market visibility. If you are a member, thank you for your continued support of our association. If you’re not, come join us! I promise you will not be disappointed.
My call to action: I ask every one of you to promote AALNC in every way you can, whether it be through a conversation with a fellow LNC, attorney colleague, or your own family. Tell them what you do. Tell me what AALNC can do for you! Save the dates for next year’s Forum and sock away a little cash to make it happen. If you can dream it, you can do it! We will be right there with you.
I hope you enjoy this latest issue as we introduce Martha Kelso as our new JLNC editor. Martha comes to AALNC with a strong background in writing and publication, and I wish her and our journal committee of devoted volunteers much success. On behalf of the board and staff, welcome Martha! And something else new to this edition- contact hours! You asked, we listened.
I wish everyone reading this a wonderful summer as we all look forward to more halcyon days. And while you enjoy the nice weather, please keep a close eye on your AALNC communications as we roll out our new content hub and information about our second Jumpstart in September. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Mary Flanagan, BSN, RN, CNOR, LNCC