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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

Terry Childers2

Dear SMSHE Membership:

Summer 2017 is winding down, and what a great summer it’s been! The SMSHE Golf Outing was a great success with David Rott’s foursome leading the pack with an outstanding score of 16 under par. A very special thank you to Golf Committee Co-Chairs Dino Marra and Jon Balsamo, and their team for making this year’s outing very special indeed. Of course, we dodged a bullet by chasing the rain away, enabling us to actually finish 18 holes of golf. But the real sensation of the day was the quantity and quality of raffle prizes, gathered by the talented team of Suzanne Chynoweth and Sabrina Byers. The prizes enabled us to sell more tickets, which translated into a large take for our charity of record, Penrickton School for Blind Children. Janet Ames from Penrickton was on hand to help us throughout the day, making a heartfelt presentation as dinner was winding down. As fate would have it, Janet even won a raffle prize! Save the date for next year’s outing, which will be held on Friday, August 3, 2018.

SMSHE had a large presence at this year’s ASHE Conference in Indianapolis. I’m proud to report that SMSHE collected its first ever ASHE Platinum Chapter Award. This recognition places SMSHE in the upper echelon of ASHE chapters. I would be remiss if I didn’t publicly thank the man responsible, Frank Trupiano, for all the time and effort he put into bringing this award home! Next year’s ASHE Conference will be held July 15-18, 2018 in Seattle. I encourage all of you to make the trip. Where else can you network with representatives from The Joint Commission and ASHE, and attend sessions that give you the latest information straight from the sources?

Which brings me to the next events on the horizon. The Annual MISHE Conference is being held later this month (September 27-29) at the Grand Traverse Resort. Register here. In case you missed it, MISHE is offering a discounted rate to current SMSHE members. Since we can’t just publish it for the world at large, please send me a personal email request (at smshehealthcare@gmail.com) for the Discount Code. We’re expecting a lot of SMSHE members at the conference and hope you’re among them!

SMSHE Educational Lunch Meetings will be held on October 11 and November 8, both at the Engineering Society of Detroit in Southfield. Keep an eye on your Inbox for more details. My fellow SMSHE Board Members and I will also represent SMSHE at the Annual Kickoff Meeting for the Penrickton Center for Blind Children, which will be held on Friday, October 20 at The Dearborn Inn. If you’re interested in joining us, ticket information can be found on our events calendar.

And finally… the SMSHE Annual Holiday Luncheon / Business Meeting will be held on December 6 at Glen Oaks Golf Club in Farmington Hills. I’m sad to say that will be my last meeting as SMSHE President, an honor that I have enjoyed for the last two years. But I’m not quite done (yet). I have already committed to working with the SMSHE Board on some of the strategic initiatives we’ve set as our priorities for the coming year.

Remember, if you’d like to get more out of your SMSHE membership, you only need to follow this two word directive – get involved! (It’s that easy!)

All that being said, I hope you enjoy the final summer temps and upcoming football season! See you soon!

Terry Childers
SMSHE President