Presidents Message Jan 2019

Members of the New England Region of the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society:

Our conference in October was very successful. It was great to see everyone. The venue at the Doubletree by Hilton Manchester Downtown was newly remodeled in the center of Manchester close to shops and restaurants.  We will hold our 2019 New England Region WOC Nurses Society conference at the same location.

Please Save the Dates:  Friday, October 18th and Saturday, October 19th, 2019.

The Education Committee is looking for ideas for speakers and topics.  If you know of a great speaker or have ideas for a topic that interests you, please contact Cherie Sapia, Education Committee chair, csapia@optonline.net.

Our national organization will hold conference June 23-26, 2019.  WOCNext will be held at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN.  Registration is open now: https://www.wocnext.org/WOCN2019/Public/Enter.aspx.  The New

England Region WOCN will have a table in the vendor hall this year. Please visit us if you are attending.  We will be asking for volunteers to staff our table during vendor hall hours. Please contact me if you are interested in helping. mawillis@comcast.net.

You should have received an email from WOCN this week with your voting ballot for the 2019 WOCN Society’s Annual Election. Please exercise your right to vote.  New England Region Member, Diane Bryant, is running for re-election for Director. Please cast your vote for Diane.

Mary Harris, our Nomination Chair, is seeking members interested in running for President-Elect and Treasurer. Please contact Mary for more information, mharris17052@gmail.com.

Youth Rally will be held in Seattle, Washington this year July 8th through July 13th, 2019. More information is available at www.youthrally.org/campers. If you are interested in attending as a nurse volunteer, please contact Marian Barry-Ravagni marianrn8@comcast.net.

Irene Beaman, our Historian, is seeking photos of Past Presidents and Nurse of the Year. If you have photos or materials related to our regions history, please contact Irene beamanrn@gmail.com.

The New England Region WOC Nurses Society offers scholarships for education. Please visit our website for the application or contact Priscilla Poirier, our Membership chair at priscillapoirier15@gmail.com.

Last but not least, we have new guidelines for posting to our blog. Click here for more information.  I look forward to reading your blog posts on our regions website. Members who submit blog posts will be entered to win a free registration for our fall conference.

Thank you for reading,

Mary Willis, President of the New England Region of the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society

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