Preparing for the Annual Governance Meeting
Posted April 14, 2015
By Mike Odgren, B.S., R.P.A., R.T.(R)(CT)
Happy spring, everyone. It’s hard to believe that we're almost halfway through April and we have just about two months left to go until the opening of the 2015 Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting in Albuquerque! We can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I wanted to share a little bit of what Amanda and I get to do in preparation for the annual governance meeting. It is a lot of work, but also a lot of fun!
Following the close of the 2014 annual governance meeting, we began having webinar meetings of the Practice Standards Council (PSC) and the subcommittees with standards up for revision at the 2015 meeting of the House of Delegates. We had about three or four calls a week for the first couple of months and then flew to the ASRT's office in Albuquerque in October for a face-to-face meeting of the PSC. This year we had a lot of work to do on the standards. Besides the specific criteria for radiation therapy, bone densitometry and cardiovascular-interventional, the PSC also revised the general criteria for the first time. We all spent a marathon 13-hour day at the office, but I think you'll see the PSC (and the Commission) did an amazing job.
Amanda and I also collaborated in late July to select the members of the Commission, Committee on Bylaws, Sergeants-at-Arms and the Minutes Approval Committee. We also held orientation sessions for the newly elected chapter delegates as well as for the Commission and the Committee on Bylaws.
By the end of January, we had reviewed and finalized the revisions of the House of Delegates Procedure Manual, the orientation presentation for new chapter and affiliate delegates, and the scripts for the first seating of the House. In late February we flew to Albuquerque again, this time for the Commission meeting. We all got stuck in Albuquerque for an extra day or two because of snow storm that dumped 12 inches of snow in town! What an adventure.
So, that brings us to today. You can probably see why I say we see "the light at the end of the tunnel!"
It has been an amazing year and none of this would have been possible without all of our fantastic volunteers and the wonderful staff at the ASRT office. Thank you to everyone that made this such an excellent year!