by Edna Dixon
Our 72nd Convention was a wonderful success. The time passed much too fast as we renewed old friendships and made new friends. Sandy Krasnodemski and I heard many positive comments about the BVAA’s programs this year.
Our speakers included: Valerie Duffy, VIST Coordinator from Idaho; Kelly Golden: BROS from Spokane, WA; Wade Davis and Christina Hitchcock from the National Office; Debra Gilley, Chief, Biloxi BRC; and Dr. April Foreman, National Suicide Prevention Specialist. On Friday morning the members enjoyed a fun hour with jokes read by various members and two craft projects, Prayer Beads and a picture entitled, “The Joys of Friendship.” We appreciate the speakers but wish to acknowledge the ladies who assisted behind the scenes. Without their help things would not have moved with such efficiency.
Our location for the Silent Auction could not have been better. We had the Ballroom on the corner of the intersecting halls and all the BVA meetings were on one side or the other. Thanks to Christina Hitchcock for this wonderful arrangement. The Silent Auction added $1,969, the Ticket Raffle $869, and donations $1,100 to our Scholarship fund. Thanks to everyone who donated items. Many items had robust bidding until exactly twelve noon on Thursday. This made for an exciting auction.
The Board meets, by conference call, four times a year. If you have questions or concerns for the Board please email them to this Reporter and one of the Board will reply.
BVA Auxiliary Reporter Edna Dixon speaks with Auxiliary member Sherri Bates.
If you have not renewed your membership for the coming year please do so. It is important for the membership records to be as accurate as possible. When you renew - your email address is noted and corrected. This is very important as letters and news of interest is sent to all members several times a year. When no email is available letters must be sent by USP Service and can be quite expensive.
The convention this year attracted many new people. I had the pleasure of interviewing several of the new BVAA members on what they expected from this new experience. Shown in the picture to the right is Sherri Bates from the Oklahoma group. She stated that she was interested in learning about the duties of her new position as secretary, meeting new BVAA friends and enjoying the program presentations. I spoke briefly with her before the banquet on Friday night and she was delighted by her experiences in Jacksonville and looks forward to the next convention.
A note from Sandy Krasnodemski, our National President: As President of the National BVAA, I am very pleased with our new Board. Our board members are dedicated to the needs of the BVAA membership. We desire to keep our members informed, and would like to hear about any activities your regional group is doing. As Edna mentioned, the speakers at convention have been well received, and give a new insight into helping the caregiver. Have a great autumn season.
**In each issue the last item will be a thought to ponder. For this one it is as follows: “What if something happened to you… and you needed 24-hour care? Who then takes care of your loved one?”
Left to right prior to swearing-in, BVAA National Officers Sandy Krasnodemski, Pam Hogan, Edna Dixon, Ben Holmes, and Carl Hytinen.