We just finished our 2020 Winter Virtual Symposium and it was a resounding success!! We had more than 90 attendees logged in, and over 120 total attendees if you include faculty and Board members. The exhibitors who submitted video commercials got lots of air time, benefiting from the individual attention of all attendees. We got so much positive feedback on all fronts. This is definitely something that we’ll consider doing again.
As we begin to look toward our big 2020 Annual Meeting, I want you to know that award nominations close March 15th. We have two awards that you can nominate someone for right now. Click the link below to learn about these award, and please take the time to nominate someone!
Winners of these awards, and others, will be recognized at the Saturday Luncheon at the 2020 Annual Meeting.
Speaking of the Annual Meeting, registration is open. We're starting to get lots of questions about whether or not the annual meeting will happen as concerns over COVID-19 escalate. As of now, we have no plans to cancel or alter the meeting, but we are preparing, as should you. My recommendation is to book your travel now, rather than wait; here's why: many airlines are presently offering indefinite waiving of change fees if you book travel in the next couple of weeks. So, under these circumstances, booking travel is of little risk. I also recommend buying travel insurance as an added precaution. In the meantime, we're full speed ahead with planning for this meeting!
Last year, in my inauguration speech, I asked an audience of over 200 people to raise their hand if they would pledge to go home, tell two people about the ASNM and bring them back to the meeting in 2020. Every...single...person in that room raised his/her hand high! If everyone in that room keeps their promise, we will have over 600 people at this meeting. What about you? Did you raise your hand? Time to dig deep again and look within. Are you the type of person who makes a pledge and keeps it? Now is the time to make that decision. Register for the 2020 Annual Meeting and bring someone along! The meeting will be held May 15-17, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri.
In case you missed my previous announcement, I’ve invited someone very special to be my Presidential Speaker, Dr. Marty Makary. His work is known the world over, he’s published 2 NYT best-selling books, he’s frequently interviewed on national and international news outlets, and he fills venues of thousands every time he speaks, so we’re very lucky to have him in such an intimate setting.
The last thing I want to let you know is that the ASNM Board is presently working on a major overhaul of the Bylaws. The Bylaws are essentially our constitution. They describe how we govern ourselves. This update is long overdue because the Bylaws are written for a smaller organization, and they are outdated. I’m telling you all of this because you need to be part of the process. Once we have a draft done, we will send an announcement to the entire membership, opening a 30 day window for you to submit comments. Look for an email from the ASNM around March 25th. We’ll need to close the comment period by April 24th in order have the Bylaws done in time for the Annual Meeting in May. That's the plan, anyway.
Thank you all for taking the time to read. I hope you'll take time to nominate someone for one of our awards. I hope you all can enjoy the waning days of the winter season. I’ll be back in April with another update from the front lines. Thanks for being a valued member!
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