This letter will update you on the RWJF ENF Alumni Association meeting that took place in Tucson last week. We had 72 in attendance for the meeting and conference. The facility (the Miraval Resort) was exquisite! The accommodations were lovely and there was plenty of time to utilize the facilities and attend the classes that the resort offered. It was truly rejuvenating!
At the Business meeting, I presented the "State of the Association" (which is excellent). We are fiscally sound and our organization membership has never been higher (60%). Written reports from all Committees are posted on the RWJF ENF internal website (my.executivenursefellows.org). The vote on changes to update the By Laws passed unanimously. We also announced a generous gift from our President-elect, Ann Cary for the STARs program. Ann donated a week at her timeshare in Naples, Florida as a fundraiser. This gift earned over $3,000! We are most appreciative to Ann for her generosity. Joyce Batcheller was the winner who will be enjoying that week in Naples! Finally, the Board recognized our former NAC member, Sheldon King, by donating a STAR in his honor. We were delighted to have Sheldon join us at the meeting and are ever so grateful for his wisdom and support. See more information on the STARs program below.
The Business meeting concluded with a presentation followed by a Q & A session with Dr. Herminia Palacio, Director of Human Capital and Leadership, for RWJF. A copy of Herminia's slides are posted on the website as well. She was forthright about the internal opportunities within the Foundation, and their work to break down silos and work across projects. The response from the Fellows was one of hopethat the RWJF ENFs would continue to have a dialogue with the Foundation.
The Strategic Planning Process was presented by Jerry Mansfield and Mary Kay VanDriel. Their slide presentation is posted on the RWJF ENF website along with all the supporting documents. The bottom line is that we are proposing a new organization (i.e., federation) of human capital program alumni, future RWJF Culture of Health graduates, national associations, and other multi-sectorial partners. Our goal is to leverage the power of a new network to provide the intellectual, financial, and organizational structure toward advancing a Culture of Health. To that end, we will conduct two "Listening Sessions" for RWJF ENF Alumni and current Fellows to talk with Mary Kay and Jerry along with Board members about the strategic planning process. The dates will be announced via email shortly, and you can expect the calls to happen in April/May timeframe. Thereafter, the membership will be asked to vote on the proposal. During the transition, we will continue an annual meeting that focuses on leadership development and networking. The Board will form a transition team to propose a future federation model. We are a unique and viable organization!
The Business Meeting ended and we began the RWJF ENF Alumni Meeting. What a great experience that was! Val Gokenbach, Tener Veenema, and Mary Kay VanDriel planned and flawlessly executed a meeting on reflection, resiliency, and renewal. We heard from Miraval staff member Anne Parker who led us through the topic of grief and letting go. We then had a panel discussion with RWJF ENFs who spoke their stories of resilience from their hearts. Norma Hollis, author of Ten Steps to Authenticity: Creating a Rewarding and Satisfying Life, led us through the concept of leading authentically. The meeting concluded with a moving Drum Circle with Tony Redhouse. I offer my sincere thanks to not only the planning Committee, but to the current Fellows and Alums who offered their own stories to enrich this experience.
Finally, at the Miraval, the Board presented me with a LOVELY vase and a certificate to the CCL Bookstore for my service as President. Thank you, thank you, and thank you!! I was and still am humbled by the outpouring of well wishes I received as I step down from my position. Being the President of such an incredible organization has been one of the highlights of my career. It has been an honor to serve you all and I wish you every success for the future. I am thankful for the RWJF ENF Boardyou are a joy to work with! Many thanks for those who are rotating off the Board this year: Nancy Ridenour. Fran Roberts, Mary Kay VanDriel, and Debbi Honey. I offer a special thank you to Andi Williams, Susan Frye, Val Swan, Donna Kronner, and all of the CCL group who have been so supportive to me and the Alumni Association. I couldn't have done it without you!
RWJF ENFs are THE best!! I ask that you actively get behind our new President, Ann Cary, and offer her your support. Please join a Committee, work with the Board, and be an active member of this great organization. We are a great team!!!
Kind regards, Kate Malliarakis