Synopsis - October 20, 2014 – Fall 2014 Business Meeting 6-7:30 pm
The Beta Upsilon Fall Business meeting started out with a greeting from our president Kathleen Kenny. She welcomed 28 members and visitors to this meeting. We had light refreshments provided by the chapter as we welcomed our guest speaker before progressing to the business portion of the meeting.
Graciela E. Silva, PhD, MPH, a Clinical Assistant Professor for The University of Arizona, was the guest speaker for the Fall 2014 business meeting. She is the President of the American charity, Orphanage Aid International, which assists children’s’ orphanages internationally. She presented “Self-Sustainable Orphanages, from Vision to Reality” and discussed the challenges international orphanages have in becoming self-sustaining. Specifically, she spoke to how our chapter could assist Casa de Elizabeth orphanage in Imuris, Mexico, in obtaining solar panels to run the water pump for the orphanage, which would decrease the orphanage’s monthly costs for electricity by $300-350 dollars, allowing these funds to go to food, clothing, and healthcare. The orphanage is currently $1000 in arrears for the electricity. Casa de Elizabeth orphanage is government-sanctioned, but is not funded currently by the Mexican government. The orphanage provides a nurturing atmosphere for orphans, abandoned children, and children who temporarily have no one to care for them and ensures that they are fed, clothed, and go to school. Helping fund these solar panels for the water pump also would align with the STTI national initiative to provide water wells internationally to areas without these facilities.
After this presentation, non-members were excused and thanked for their participation.
A discussion ensued about providing funding for these solar panels this fall and then developing a grant program to evaluate future charitable requests and make recommendations for donations yearly. The Treasurer gave a report on the current status of the checking, money market account, and CD.
Additionally, attendees of the Fall 2014 Induction will be asked to bring socks, underwear, and hygiene products for the toddler to teenage residents of Casa de Elizabeth orphanage.
Other business included having the attending membership vote on the candidates for chapter membership for the Fall 2014 Induction. The membership also discussed the Ebola preparations of their healthcare organizations. This discussion became quite lively as it was at the onset of the media and healthcare community’s involvement of this crisis and the continual changing of protocols.
The meeting was concluded with the reminder of the Fall Induction Ceremony December 15 at Scottsdale Resort Convention Center. Flyer and further details will be discussed at the November Board of Directors meeting then sent to the membership.
Submitted by Kimberly Vana DNP, FNP-BC, FNP-C (Archivist) and Barbara Miroballi M.Ed., RN (Webmaster)