Seventeen people turned out for the Bethesda fall networking dinner for AMWA-MAC. Held in what we are now referring to as our ‘French Office’ — La Madeleine restaurant in downtown Bethesda. The gathering consisted of long-time members, new members, and members who had relocated to the area. Following a dinner hour, the floor was opened for introductions and topics of discussion.
Stefan Schuber, current AMWA-MAC president, spoke about the need for volunteers to fill open slots. We are the third-largest chapter in AMWA and our key challenge is the wide geographic region we cover, from Virginia to Baltimore, and points west. To help meet those needs, the chapter vision is to have active regional groups that put together local events. The chapter relies upon volunteers to help organize events, so if you are benefitting from the events others have organized and want to volunteer or put something together, contact one of the board members. All contact information is listed on the AMWA-MAC website.
We are particularly in need of a person to help coordinate the chapter conference, tentatively scheduled for May 21, 2011. This person, with continuing assistance from experienced board members, will help plan and arrange for the chapter conference. If you are interested, but want more information, please contact Stefan or one of the other board members. Stefan is also interested in making a transition; so if you aspire to a presidential office, please step up and become president-elect! Again, the board works closely to help support all AMWA-MAC activities, so that no one position is too time consuming.
We‘d also like to revitalize some of the regional coordinator positions, including Baltimore, Rockville, and Virginia area groups. New chapter member, Cherie Dewar (who recently relocated from the Boston chapter), and Jill Roberts, who won the evening‘s recognition for furthest distance traveled (all the way from Lynchburg, VA), along with long-standing member Peter Taylor are discussing coordinating Virginia events, either in NoVa or points south of there. If you are interested, please contact Cherie via her email address on the website. The Baltimore group also is in need of leadership or co-leadership. Perhaps there are 2–3 people out there who can work together to help organize 2 to 4 annual networking events.
Many of the attendees at the dinner will be heading off to Milwaukee for the national conference. Stefan announced that there will be a chapter ‘Greet and Go’; more information is on the AMWA-MAC website. There was high praise for using the conference coach for newcomers to the meeting.
One idea that came out of the meeting was how to keep chapter members connected in between events. Board members are currently discussing the idea of having a monthly chapter ‘e-letter’ listing events and reporting news such as new members. Again, please visit http://www.amwa-midatlantic.org/ regularly for updates.
Maria Sgambati, M.D.
Bethesda | DC | Silver Spring Regional Coordinator