President's message appreciating organizational wholeness.
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|Author:||Farren, Arlene T.|
|Publication:||Name: Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science Publisher: Society of Rogerian Scholars Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Society of Rogerian Scholars ISSN: 1072-4532|
|Issue:||Date: Jan, 2011 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 1|
|Topic:||Event Code: 200 Management dynamics; 360 Services information; 540 Executive changes & profiles Computer Subject: Company business management|
|Product:||Product Code: 8620000 Professional Membership Assns NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations|
|Persons:||Named Person: Farren, Arlene T.|
|Geographic:||Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States|
I bring greetings to readers from the Society of Rogerian Scholars
(SRS). In the first year of my term as president, it has been wonderful
to work with the board and committees as they cocreate day-to-day
expressions of the SRS given the visionary path sketched by our founders
and members. The path emerged from the 2010 appreciative inquiry process
of strategic planning that the SRS membership participated in and
affirmed at our 2010 General Assembly meeting in Florida.
Our Vice President and Membership Chair, Dr. Nelma Shearer, has been coordinating the membership renewal process. I encourage you to renew your membership and encourage others to join. Our major activity of the year will be our 2011 Conference. The Conference Planning Committee (Co-Chaired by Drs. Richard Cowling and Pam Reis) has been hard at work to assure a successful annual conference. They have raised SRS Conference Planning to new heights with a systematic plan for sponsorship, resort location, and web-enhanced support/resources. Of course, they also have honored the traditions of the many SRS Conference Planning Committees before them by selecting outstanding presenters and sessions that promise to stimulate thinking and future knowledge development. I would like to take this opportunity to publically thank Dean Pearcey, of the University of North Carolina--Greensboro for hosting the Dean's Reception on Friday, October 7, 2011.
The Nominations Committee (Dr. Michele Kramer, Chair) has worked diligently on SRS leadership succession. They have been able to gather a slate of candidates to provide experienced and innovative leadership for our organization. At this writing, a ballot is being prepared for mailing and the election results will be announced at the General Assembly to be held in Greensboro, NC in conjunction with our 2011 Conference. I hope there will be a strong voter response and fabulous attendance at the conference and General Assembly.
Our ever committed and faithful treasurer, Dr. Jacqueline Fawcett, drafted a proposed budget that has been reviewed by the board and the board will vote on approval at our next board meeting (September, 2011). We are trying, in fiscally responsible ways, to weave in support for activities in our strategic plan. Dr. Jane Flanagan, our Secretary, keeps us together with instructions for meetings, agendas, and minutes. In addition to the operations of our vibrant organization, there are varying correspondence and proposals that come up throughout the year that the board discusses at the quarterly meetings. For example, items related to our publications, archival materials, follow-ups to our conferences, correspondence with members, discussions with other organizations, etc.
Our co-editors, Dr. Sonya Hardin and Dr. Martha Bramlett, have provided members, readers, and visitors a window on Rogerian Science through their tenure as editors. Please be sure to thank them personally when you see them at the Conference and consider submitting your work for review. Being aware of their years of service makes the news that Dr. Hardin will be stepping down as editor, sad, yet joyful in that she has fulfilled years of honorable and invaluable service to the SRS. We are looking for someone to take Sonya's editorial and leadership position. This is an opportunity for another member of the organization to bring new ideas and innovations to our Journal.
I could say more about the work of our Directors, who serve on various committees and provide consultation as needed. Our founders are also a source of counsel and encouragement. Individual members provide tangible and existential support that is treasured. Look at the work that Dr. Howard Butcher has contributed with the WIKI (just one recent contribution). It is a work in progress and needs our attention, please look at it and see what you can contribute. Dr. Thomas Cox has long supported the SRS with his hosting of our listserve. I could go on and on.
My key point is that I want you to know the SRS is alive and active.
The brief examples I have shared manifest the vibrant nature of our organizational, group field wholeness. The SRS is a living breathing field that continually requires voluntary mutual patterning. It is our "integrated awareness" (Phillips & Bramlett, 1994, p. 22), which is essential to the well-being of the SRS.
In closing, it is really an honor to be able to serve the Society of Rogerian Scholars as President. My hope is to honor the work that others have done to preserve, grow, and nurture the organization in the almost 25 years the SRS has been in existence. There are special transitions that will be unfolding within the next five years--25 years of being an organization, 100 year anniversary of the birth of Martha E. Rogers, to name just two milestones. We hope you will journey with us along the many exciting and innovative adventures before us!
Arlene T. Farren, RN; PhD, AOCN, CTN-A
President, Society of Rogerian Scholars
Associate Professor, College of Staten Island/CUNY and CUNY Graduate Center
Phillips, B. B. & Bramlett, M. H. (1994). Integrated awareness: A key to the pattern of mutual process. Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science, 2, 19-34.
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