Greetings from the Northeast

by William F. Hoffman, Jr. on Saturday, February 18, 2017

As we begin to thaw out from the many snowstorms and ice storms that have ravaged our Section recently, I want everyone to think of pristine sandy beaches, warm ocean breezes, a luau, wonderful ocean views for a moment. You can have all of these things plus a fabulous professional development and educational experience at the combined Northeast/Western Section Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii from April 2-5, 2017 (this is less than 2 months away)….sounds fantastic right?? Please reference the Hawaii Meeting Catalyst article for more details. I know & realize that this is a long trip for the Northeast….but trust me a great meeting in Paradise is worth the plane ride!! Let’s prove the nay-sayers wrong and have an enormous Northeast turn-out at this meeting. The Planning Committee is working very hard to ensure this will be a meeting to remember.  NIH, NSF, and the Gates Foundation will all be in attendance (live in person) — no Webinars at this meeting!! Please consider joining us. I know you will be glad that you came.

The Northeast Officer election will begin on March 6, 2017. I urge each active SRA member to please vote in this election. I hear we have outstanding candidates running for the President-elect & Treasurer positions. I am so grateful to the candidates who are volunteering their time and effort to run and keep the Northeast Section a great and vibrant Section. Please vote in this election.

Finally, I just want to say what an honor it is to serve as your President. I am humbled and appreciative by all of the support & kind words the Northeast members have given me. I am so proud that the Northeast has three very active Chapters that are doing great educational & professional development meetings, as well. I would like to challenge all Northeast members to become more actively involved in SRA…whether it is assisting at a registration table, being a Room Monitor, serving on a Planning Committee, serving on a SRA Committee or running for an office. We need everyone’s support and ideas to flourish. If anyone has any concerns or ideas that they wish to share with me…please call me or send me an e-mail.

Hope to see everyone on April 2.

Aloha & kindest regards,
Bill Hoffman
Northeast Section President

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