Chapter Election Results 2018-2019

Election results are in! Please welcome your 2018-2019 AMWA SE board!

President: JoAnna Pendergrass

President-Elect: Madison Hedrick

Secretary: Rachel Lane

Treasurer: Callie Compton

Many thanks to our outgoing president (now serving as Immediate Past President) Eva Stabenow.

 

As their first action, the board has appointed the following individuals to serve:

Membership Chair: Rachel Stevens Salmon

Chapter Advisory Council Representative: Kimberly Korwek

 

Are you looking for ways to get involved and grow your network? There are plenty of opportunities with AMWA SE that require very little time commitment. Feel free to contact any board member for more information.

Educational Event in Nashville April 2018

An educational seminar was given Tuesday, April 3 at Richland Library in Nashville, TN.

Dr. Yasmine Ali gave a presentation on evaluating the legitimacy and transparency of research studies titled, “Lies, More Lies, and Statistics.”

Following the presentation and Q&A session, food was provided and the attendees continued networking.

A total of 8 members and 1 non-member attended the seminar. The discussion was lively, and members discussed future events and presentation topics of interest.

Book Club Online Meetings June/July 2018

The current book club selection, Afterparty by Daryl Gregory, was discussed online via Google Hangouts on June 20 and July 18. The discussion was lively and participants shared their thoughts from the comfort of their couch (with their beverage and fuzzy socks of choice!)

The next book club selection is Still Alice by Lisa Genova. There is also a movie (wink wink!)

Interested in future book club events? Check out “Southeast Medical Writers Book Club” group on Facebook or visit the google group

Educational Event in Atlanta March 2018

An AMWA-Southeast event was held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at the Buckhead Public Library and Fado Irish Pub in Atlanta, GA.

For the educational portion of the event, Stephen MacDonald, PhD, MBA gave a presentation on freelance medical writing entitled “Starting Out, and Even After: Feasibility, Considerations, and That Constant Evaluation.”

Following the presentation and Q&A, attendees were invited to continue networking at Fado.

A total of 15 members and 4 non-members attended the event. Several attendees remarked that they had a great time and are looking forward to the next chapter meeting in Atlanta.

Bring networking events to your local area!

Are you looking to meet medical communicators in your local area? Local networking is one of the best things about AMWA, and a great opportunity to connect, share and learn. It’s easy to organize a local event, and the chapter board can help make your event a success. Here’s how:

  1. Choose a date and time, allowing at least 3 weeks for planning;
    • Weekdays after work usually allow for more members to attend and make it easier to find a location that is conducive to conversation.
  2. Choose a location
    • Suggestions: Breweries or brewpubs with areas to accommodate large groups; restaurants with private dining areas
      • Many restaurants with private dining areas will charge a deposit to use the room, but will subtract bar purchases from the deposits.
  3. Send invitations at least 2 weeks before event
    • Provide information to chapter secretary about the event to have an invite sent to the entire membership
    • Send personalized invitations to AMWA members in local area (list available from chapter secretary upon request) AND/OR local non-AMWA member contacts at area universities or companies
  4. Host event
    • Provide sign-in sheet (available from chapter secretary) to collect names and membership status of attendees.
    • Purchase appetizers (and non-alcoholic beverages, at your discretion) for attendees. Attendees must purchase their own alcoholic beverage. Save your receipt for reimbursement!
  5. Submit information to SE-AMWA leadership
    • Provide a copy of the event sign-in to the president-elect
    • Provide a copy of the refreshment receipt to the treasurer. Please also provide an address for mailing your reimbursement check.

Annual Business Meeting

The annual business meeting for the Southeast Chapter was held Thursday, November 2 immediately preceding the Chapter Dinner at the AMWA annual conference.

Kim Korwek (Immediate Past President) summarized the key achievements of the 2016-2017 year. Notably, the chapter achieved its governance goals, becoming a registered non-profit organization and meeting all chapter affiliation requirements with AMWA. The chapter held 5 networking events (3 in Nashville, 1 in Memphis and 1 in Birmingham). The chapter also helped facilitate 3 educational events. This included an educational presentation about statistical concepts for writers (online and in Nashville), a roundtable discussion in Atlanta, and the chapter book club. The chapter has secured programs for many back-office functions to help volunteer leaders with chapter duties, including a new bank account and accounting system, a mass emailing system, and a new website. Finally, the chapter has a full slate of volunteer officers and is recruiting local networking coordinators to help facilitate connection with members in all geographic areas.

Whitney Smalley-Freed (Treasurer, 2016-2017) provided a summary of the chapter’s financial status. Expenditures were below budget due to fees for incorporation being less than anticipated. The largest portion of expenditures (38.6% of total spend) were related to incorporation and aligning with the requirements of the chapter agreement. Approximately 33% of expenditures were related to sending a chapter delegate to the spring Board of Directors meeting; this cost will not be incurred next year due to changes in the board structure. The remaining expenses were for educational and networking events and maintaining the website.

Eva Stabenow (President) introduced the 2017-2018 officers: Rebekah Koutny (President-Elect), Callie Compton (Treasurer) and JoAnna Pendergrass (Secretary). Eva introduced the goals for the chapter, including more local programming. She stressed the importance of local volunteers for event organizing, and solicited volunteers to serve as Local Networking Coordinators (LNCs) to facilitate this process.

Chapter Board Election Results 2017

The Southeast Chapter has elected a new board to represent the chapter for 2017-2018. The new board members are

President: Eva Stabenow

President-Elect: Rebekah Koutney

Secretary: JoAnna Pendergrass

Treasurer: Callie Compton

 

Many thanks to the previous board for their service, and for these new volunteers for their willingness to lead.

The new board begins their term on September 30, 2017.