ABC President Letter

ABC PRESIDENT LETTER

ABC’s new Board members for 2016-2017 are: Phyllis Adamson, BA, IBCLC, RLC, President; Cara Riek, BSN, RN, IBCLC, Vice President, Bridget Abramson, IBCLC, Treasurer, and [TBA] Secretary.

You will notice the Secretary’s position is still unfilled. We had a write-in candidate at the December election, but as a write-in, she could not benefit from a vote of the membership. The Bylaws do not allow the Board to select and name someone for the vacancy. The Board has decided to make the Secretary’s position more “mother-sized” by splitting the duties in half. The new titles are Recording Secretary and Membership Secretary. As a result, we do have two women who are interested in each of the new, smaller, secretary positions.

Plan of action: The Board will submit the Bylaws revision to the current membership for review and vote by Survey Monkey. We will also provide a Nomination form for anyone else who wishes to be considered for one of the new Secretary positions, assuming the Bylaws are approved. After a fair opportunity has passed for people to submit Nominations, we will hold another vote of the membership by Survey Monkey for both Secretary positions.

Project(s): As a small coalition, we must necessarily narrow our focus to what we feel is most important, and what fits into the Strategic Framework of the United States Breastfeeding Coalition (USBC) addressing Access to Care. We have chosen to begin work on Licensure for IBCLCs in Arizona. We welcome and encourage participation from all members, prospective members, and other interested persons to participate in this endeavor.

Please offer your questions, comments, and suggestions:

By Email:  See “About” at the top of the Home page.

By Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArizonaBreastfeedingCoalition/

By Membership: Click on the MEMBERSHIP tab; click on the “Join ABC” button, and submit your membership payment of $15.00. Note that the default is “recurring” but you can opt out of that in the process. Payment is via PayPal and your annual membership is for one year from your payment date. Additional donations are happily welcomed.

Meetings: will be planned shortly. They may be a combination of in-person, call-in, and/or Skype.

Thank you – and welcome to the Arizona Breastfeeding Coalition.

Phyllis Adamson

President, ABC, 2016-2017