President’s Message 2017 -2018

To all PCR Members:

It is hard to believe that 2017 has come and gone and we are now halfway through 2018.   Reflecting back on this past year and a half, I am amazed at all we have accomplished.   We have had 2 stellar conferences: 2017 in Newport Beach, CA and most recently, South Lake Tahoe, NV in 2018.  Our attendance numbers have continued to increase as well as the number of vendors that support us at our conference. We continue to have highly regarded speakers that have brought WOC nurses, not only from our region, but from all across the United States.  These conferences could not have been possible without the never ending work performed by our Educational Coordinator and a host of tireless volunteers.  Many thanks to our outgoing Educational Coordinator Daphne Hodges, CWOCN for her wonderful work these past two years.  We welcomed Lisa Foster, CWOCN as our new Educational Coordinator in 2018 and she is actively working on the 2020 conference site and finalizing the details for the 2019 conference which will be held in sunny San Diego, CA.  We hope to see you all there.

Our financial outlook is very strong.  We continue to invest our money wisely and have continued to use cost saving measures for our Board activities including conference calls to save travel and hotel expenses.  This then allows us to transfer these savings to our members with reduced conference fees and improved conferences.  Please make sure when you renew your membership on the WOC National Site to check the PCR box for your Region.  We receive approximately $7,000 per year from National in dues rebates.

We are continuing to fund WOC scholarships and have been overwhelmed with the number and quality of the applicants.  Our Scholarship Committee has been hard at work, reviewing and selecting qualified applicants.  We continue to support their vital work which achieves an increase in WOC nurses in our area.  We need to continue to recruit and support new WOC nurses as our workforces is slowly retiring.

Our members also participated in the UOAA conference 2017 in Irvine, CA.  Donna Rositani and Frances Wilson took very active roles in coordinating both volunteers and obtaining supplies for the stoma clinic and not one ostomate was turned away.  Donna received monies from the Gene Galindo Fund to use for hotel rooms for the many WOC nurses that volunteered their time at the clinic.

I want to thank the PCR members that donated their time to man our booth at WOCN Society National Conference both in Salt Lake, UT and Philadelphia, PA. We couldn’t do it without all your support. We continue to have a drawing and give away 2-3 free conference fees each year.   I hope to see the winners at the February 2019 Conference.

I also want to thank all that took the time to vote in our 2017 Election in September. It is important that we all vote.  This is our Region and your vote counts.  Election time is coming up in the fall and I ask that each of you consider running for office.  The current open positions are:  Secretary, President-Elect, Communications, and Nominating Committee Chair.  These positions are all 2 year terms with the exception of President-Elect which is a 2 year term then a 2 year term as President.  On that note, I also have some sad news regarding our President-Elect, Debra Zaricor –Shriver.  She stepped down last month due to personal reasons and she will be greatly missed.  As a Board, we are all stepping up to complete the duties of her position until the next President-Elect can be voted on in the fall.    We will appoint a new President at that time.

It has been a pleasure to serve you as your President the last 1 and 1/2 years.  My term will end at the 2019 San Diego conference.  I hope each of you will consider being part of your Region by serving on a committee, as a board member, or as a volunteer.  It is a wonderful and eye opening experience.

Respectfully

Susan E Foster, RN, BSN, CWOCN

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