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AEIRS Board busy at the Midyear meeting

As I prepare to write my final message as 2015-2016 President of the AEIRS, I look out the window and notice that spring is certainly in the air. I notice that flowers are trying to bloom and trees are budding. The past year has certainly flown by as it seems like only yesterday I was sworn in as President at our meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Now, the focus of the board, executive office, and annual meeting planner, is preparing for the 49th meeting in Portland, Oregon. I hope all of you can join us this July 14-15, 2016 as we visit the northwestern part of our nation.

I believe it is important for the AEIRS membership to know that the board begins working on the next annual meeting immediately following the close of the previous year’s meeting. Just as we did in San Antonio, the board first met with the meeting planner to review member input to the “just concluded” meeting and then begin initial discussion of member input to the next annual meeting. The board then reviews the materials submitted by our members who volunteer to present the following year. Next, we review names of members who have been nominated by other members, based on service and contribution to the organization for selection of the next Honors Lecturer. We will also review reports from members who serve as liaisons and chairs of the many AEIRS committees. Before we adjourn we will decide the dates for the annual mid-year board meetings which are two full days of reports, policy and procedure, and committee structure and/or restructure. As you read this paragraph, I hope you counted the many times, the word member is referred. Just another assurance that your elected board of directors understands the importance of the organization, and although we may never all agree, strives to conduct AEIRS business in the best interest of its members and the long term future.

2015-2016 has been a busy year and a continued year of reflection. We lost some long-time members who served early on in the formative years. In late February, many of us attended the AEIRS Educators Workshop held prior to the Atlanta Society of Radiologic Technologist Student Seminar and Educator’s Conference. As many of you know, Judy Williams, long time AEIRS member, past President, Fellow, and longtime friend, passed away October 12, 2015. While in Atlanta, there was certainly a sense of loss, but the AEIRS Workshop and Atlanta Conference was held just as Judy would have wanted it to be conducted. A special note goes out to fellow AEIRS member, Ruby Montgomery who organized a well-attended and beautiful memorial service held to celebrate Judy’s life and contribution to the profession for which we are so passionate.

AEIRS Workshop in Atlanta had 63 educators in attendance. Speakers included Lisa Satterfield and Lisa Legg; “Radiologic Science Educators; Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going”, Anthony Dotson; “The New Big Thing: Social Media Policy”, Debra J. Poelhuis; “Molly, Spice, Candy, and Charlie: Are They in Your Classroom”, Julia A. Gill; “SLEEPEE Decision-Making”, Zaidalynet Morales; “Active Learning Strategies to Promote Effective Communication with Diverse Populations”, and Deborah Shell; “Flipping the Classroom.” The presentations were informative, thought provoking, and entertaining. A special thanks goes out to all who attended.

AEIRS continues to work within the framework of our 2015 Strategic Plan as a way to measure the success of the organization. And, as we look not only to 2016 in Portland, we must not forget that 2017 will be the 50th anniversary of AEIRS as an organization. That year we will celebrate in St. Louis, MO where it all began.

As I begin to close out my year as the AEIRS President, I want to thank the members for their loyalty and continued service to the AEIRS by volunteering to present at conferences and workshops, serve on committees, and volunteering to serve at our annual meeting. Without volunteers, AEIRS would not be what it is today. You have made a difference.

As I move to the position of Chairman of the Board, I realize that 2017 will be ushering in a new era for AEIRS, with many of us facing inevitable changes. However, I encourage all of you to focus on the future of AEIRS, and to recruit and mentor other members who together will move this ever evolving profession to even greater heights. Together, this will insure that diagnostic imaging and the education of Medical Imaging Professionals will be firmly planted in the healthcare industry.

I thank each and everyone one of you for being part of one of the highlights of my professional career, your 2015-2016 AEIRS President.

John Eichinger
AEIRS President