As your ASHI President, I must say that 2019 is turning out to be a monumental year for ASHI and our members! We have been able to make significant advancements in our internal operations—from adding a new back- office database, a new advanced discussion board and our new website that will go live in a few months. In addition, we will be launching our very own ASHI Insurance Program this fall. Even with all of this, the most important achievement is the fruition of almost four years of work by more than 50 individuals on a committee and a task force to design, develop and form the future of ASHI for many years to come.
I would like to thank the Relevance Task Force for their work and the Strategic Planning Committee for their nearly three years of work. These groups’ in-depth evaluation and study provided the groundwork and much of the supporting information that was then taken up by the Bylaws Committee to formulate the proposed Bylaw updates that were emailed to members. Be sure to check your email from ASHI and vote today.
The proposed changes reflect the changes in our profession, changes in association management, changes in social interaction and technological advancements. We all must keep in mind that ASHI is here to serve the entire membership. Your elected leaders recognize the importance of our chapters, newly formed meeting groups and non-affiliated members, and the proposed changes to our bylaws reflect this purpose—to serve the entire membership.
Your elected ASHI Board of Directors has voted to support all the proposed Bylaw changes, and I encourage all voting members to support and vote for the proposed changes as well.