From the President’s Desk
A BIG hello from Kalamazoo! I’ve been doing the happy dance since school started for my boys a of couple weeks ago.
Your AMOA Board met over the summer to do some planning and brain-storming. We met again last week to start putting our ideas into practice. As a reminder, all meetings that we have are open to YOU: our members and loyal supporters. Please feel free to come and share your thoughts, concerns or suggestions.
I also invite you to travel to beautiful Seattle, WA, with us for the annual AAOA House of Delegates. The actual meeting has been whittled down to one day, but more importantly; join us as we gather with other Advocates from around the country to talk about what makes osteopathic medicine special. Keep reading for more details.
I hope to see very you soon!
AMOA President, 2014-15
The MSUCOM Student Advocates Association (SAA) will send two representatives, Angela Kalcec and Lauren Suarez, to OMED 2014 in Seattle. We are very grateful to MSUCOM for helping to fund our Student Spouses for this worthwhile trip.
In addition, former MSUCOM SAA President and 2012-13 AAOA SAA Liaison, Lauren (Solinski) Stremers has been asked to co-chair the AAOA 2014 Fun Run in Seattle as a last-minute replacement. We are so proud of our SAA members who continue the tradition of Michigan being a strong and active state of the Advocates!
The MSUCOM SAA once again plans to have the Student Survival Kits this winter during finals. Please contact Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have something to donate OR if you’d like to buy one for your medical student.
Advocates for the American Osteopathic Association Update
The AAOA Annual Business Meeting and House of Delegates will be held in the new location of Seattle, Washington. The AMOA is sending our delegates to represent YOU during this day-long meeting of Advocates from across the country. Have something you’d like to see addressed by the national group? Please let us know by emailing email@example.com
The 2014 “Fore You” Golf Tournament is being held at the Golf Club at Newcastle with spectacular views over-looking the city of Seattle, on Saturday, October 25th with an 8am shotgun start. There are several female golfers that have asked to be put in a “ladies only” foursome, so if you’re interested, there are still spots open. The “Still Fit for Life” Fun Run/Walk will be held on Monday, October 27th followed by the Family Breakfast. Additionally, AAOA President Deidre Froelich arranged a lunch at the top of the Space Needle followed by a hosted tour of Chihuly Glass & Garden. Whether you can make one or all of these events, the AAOA would love to see you there! Check out the national website at www.advocates4dos.org
for more information on all OMED events and activities.
If you have interest in serving as a Michigan delegate, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michigan Driver Safety Showcase
Wednesday, September 24 9am-2pm
The AMOA has been invited to bring our Distracted Driving Simulator to this very important event.More than 500 lives have been lost on Michigan roads so far this year, and thousands have been injured, some with catastrophic injuries changing lives forever. To promote driver safety, the Insurance Institute of Michigan (IIM) and the Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault (CPAN) are hosting the Michigan Driver Safety Showcase. This showcase will provide information and interactive driver safety activities. This showcase includes:
- Distracted Driver Simulator
- Avoiding Deer/Car Accidents
- Wearing Helmets
- Teen Safe Driving
- Defensive Driving
- Night Driving
- Safe Driving for Seniors
- Sharing Road with Bicycles and more
Even one death is too many; accidents can be avoided through increased safety awareness and improved driving practices.
In addition, your AMOA representatives have been invited to 2 more Michigan schools to present the simulator. We believe that we are making a difference – even if it’s just one child that we save – it’s worth our efforts.
Tree of Peace
The Advocates have again chosen to celebrate life and family and to honor our friends and loved ones with a Tree of Peace at the MOA Headquarters in Okemos. The AMOA dedicates special keepsake ornaments and a Book of Honor every year. The money raised will support the projects and programs of the Advocates. Please take a moment and fill out the included form if you’d like to participate. Emails and letters will be going out shortly, so be on the lookout.
Making Payments with The Square
As many of you have seen during MOA meetings, the AMOA has been using a little gadget called “The Square” for processing credit card payments. This has allowed us to better track our sales, but we are also able to accept credit cards for those times when our supporters aren’t carrying cash.
The better news is that we now have an online location where you can go at anytime to pay your dues using a credit card but also just donate to the Advocates. The AMOA membership form is attached in case you’d like to pay for that online as well. Visit our online store here
DO DAY ON THE HILL
The AOA has scheduled the 2015 event for March 5th in Washington DC. For those of you have participated in the past, you know the importance of making your Representatives and Senators aware of a physician’s situation. For those of you who have not experienced this event, please consider attending the 2015 DO Day on the Hill. The energy and sense of community will inspire you.
*If you need more information about this event or future DO Days on Capitol Hill, please email email@example.com
AMOA email: firstname.lastname@example.org
AMOA website: www.michiganadvocates.org
AAOA website: www.advocates4dos.org
MOA website: www.mi-osteopathic.org
AOA website: www.osteopathic.org
After a short time of being in existence, the old AMOA website succumbed to Russian hackers (no joke), so a new one had to be created. We hired former MSUCOM SAA President, Jensie Simkins, to work her magic and to get us back
on the grid. The new website is: www.michiganadvocates.org
. Please continue to send your photos or news items to email@example.com
, so we can share them. If you are looking for a Marketing Pro, Jensie’s new venture: Slanted Communication & Consulting may be just what you’re looking for: www.getslanted.net
. You can add networking to the list of assets that the Advocates provide.
We know you see us at the MOA convention ....the AMOA board members and supporters are always around! If you don’t have time to spend an afternoon at the annual AMOA Business Meeting, we understand. Sitting at a membership booth in the exhibit hall may not be your thing – not a problem! We would love to meet every D.O. spouse or family member in person, but sometimes life gets hectic. What we DO want is to keep you in-the-loop with what is happening in the profession. So please, please fill out the included membership form for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. We don’t want you to miss out on the fun and fellowship that the AMOA offers! Your updated email address is especially important as we do not send out printed newsletters very often.
Thank you for your support! The AMOA raised nearly $3,000.00 this year! During the 2014 MOA Convention, we had a wonderful time meeting people and offering them chances to win several fabulous prizes.
The 2014 Convention Raffle Winners:
- Registration Fee for the 2015 Convention in Dearborn was J.R. Wolfe, D.O.
- Underwater camera was Kurt Anderson, D.O.
- Basket of Cheer was Jennifer Magnatta
- Cooler of Cheer was Larry Prokop
Thank you again for everyone who entered.