Hello colleagues. I hope those of you who moved over the summer are settling into your new positions and homes and all is going well for you and your families. Since the 1999 MASC was cancelled, it has been a long time since we’ve been able to get together. I’m looking forward to the 2000 MASC in Norfolk to catch up with what is going on with you. Just a few days before writing this (1 Nov 99), I received word from John Page, the Navy rep for the MASC that the dates had changed slightly. We will now begin on Monday 31 Jan (although this date hasn’t been confirmed as mandatory for AF personnel) and the AF participation will last until noon on Friday 4 Feb. Since Capt Waldo is in the middle of her PCS at present, I’ve been unable to confirm these dates with her. I’m sure she’ll notify us all when she gets her email straightened out.
Now’s the time to consider your nomination for AFAA vice-president. Soon my tenure as president will end, and Capt Bob Eppens, current vice, will assume command! We’ll need to nominate and elect a new vice-president. The secretary and treasurer jobs are held by Capts Hall and Lopez, respectively, and are two-year appointments, so during this cycle, we will only elect the VP. The call for nominations will come soon, watch your email!
Also, consider an item that I will introduce at the AFAA business meeting. With the convenience and speed of email, over the past few years, we have taken to nominating and voting on our executive board through this medium. Our AFAA by-laws, written in the mid-80s did not provide for this avenue of elections, and we must decide whether to amend our by-laws or revert to “paper and pencil” ballots. The paper and pencil pathway does assure anonymity, but is slower, more costly and garners less response. Bring your thoughts and be ready to discuss this issue. Also, if you are aware of other items that should be considered during our business meeting, please contact me so that I can include them on the agenda.
Have a wonderful holiday season and plan to enjoy our meeting in Norfolk in 2000!
Angela Williamson, Maj, USAF, BSC
President, Air Force Audiology Association