PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – SUMMER 2023
FMAA/FMAF 2023 ANNUAL MEETINGS – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2023
I encourage all FMAA members, whether you are an individual State member or belong to a county Alliance, to attend the 2023 FMAA and FMAF Annual Meetings on Thursday, September 21, 2023 at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club in Lakewood Ranch, FL. The Annual Meeting Committee, chaired by Angela Abrams and supported by members of the Sarasota County Medical Society Alliance, as well as Rosemary Xavier and Ellie Paladine, have an informative and fun meeting planned. Mix and mingle with FMAA members from throughout Florida and have a say in the future of your FMAA. Members can vote on proposed new FMAA and FMAF Bylaws and elect Officers, Directors and members of the Finance Committee and Governing Documents Committee. AMAA President, Rachael Kunesh will provide an AMAA update and will install our newly elected Officers and Directors. This year we welcome Robyn Faucy, the dynamic CEO of Results 1st, to provide some guidance on how the FMAA can build capacity with our current resources. Awards will be presented to County Alliances in several categories and outstanding individuals will be recognized. Tickets will also be available for a raffle to benefit the Florida Medical Alliance Foundation, to provide funding to support our grants to nonprofit health-related organizations.
I’ve always enjoyed attending the FMAA Annual Meeting to exercise my right to vote for our future, and also to meet again and renew friendships with members from throughout the state. So much of our organizational work takes place online, so I relish the opportunity to get together in person.
Please join me!
YOU ARE INVITED!
Please join the Florida Medical Association Alliance and the Florida Medical Alliance Foundation for our 2023 Annual Meetings
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2023
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
LAKEWOOD RANCH GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
7650 Legacy Blvd.
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
$90 early bird in-person registration fee by midnight September 1, 2023
will be entered in a drawing to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card
$100 in-person registration fee from September 2, 2023 - midnight September 15, 2023
In-person attendance will include breakfast, lunch and snack
Some members arriving the evening before will be staying at
Hampton Inn & Suites Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch
10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Please select this option if you would like to join us for dinner the evening before the Annual Meeting.
Spouses and guests welcome. Dinner at your own expense.
Not a current FMAA member? Join now and exercise your right to vote.
AMAA President, Rachael Kunesh will provide an AMAA update
Robyn Faucy, CEO, Results 1st will present an inspiring talk about building capacity for nonprofits
Meet and mingle with FMAA members from throughout Florida and have voice in the future of your FMA Alliance. Members will vote on proposed new Bylaws and elect Officers, Directors, and members of the Finance Committee and Board Development Committee. Proposed Bylaws and Slate of Officers, Directors and committee members will be sent 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting. The Florida Medical Alliance Foundation Annual Meeting will begin immediately following the conclusion of the FMAA Annual Meeting. Installation of Officers and Directors and presentation of Awards will follow.
Contact your colleagues, banks, realtors and other companies you do business with to support
the 2023 Annual Meeting and the FMAA.
STILL ACCEPTING 2023 DUES PAYMENTS!
Become a member now and exercise your right to vote at the 2023 Annual Meeting!
- Denise Allen, Chair
In recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month, the Health Projects Committee hosted a Virtual Happy Hour on May 24, 2023. Thirty FMAA members and guests attended this interactive event free of charge. Guided by a professional mixologist, we learned how to craft two seasonal cocktails with a healthy twist.
FMAA members were encouraged to call members of Congress to voice their support for Senate Bill 5062, Protect Our Physicians Act, a bipartisan bill that would create access to critical mental health programs for physicians. The primary purpose would be for suicide prevention, improving mental health plus training physicians in strategies to promote their own mental health needs.
- Kathy Johns & Rochelle Marcus, Co-Chairs
The South Florida May Hat Luncheon, hosted by FMAA member Ginger Allen, was held in Ft. Lauderdale on May 10, 2023. Kathy Molinet Drum, past FMAA President, 1998-1999, was honored for 25 years of service with the FMAA and in her community.
The Membership Committee instituted a Gift of Membership program. You can gift membership in the FMAA to a friend or new physician spouse.
Governing Documents Committee
- Diane Andrews, Chair
A new document for Job Descriptions for Officers, Directors and Committee Chairs was approved by the Board of Directors. The FMAA Financial Policies and Procedures were approved as amended. The GDC will present a new bylaws document to members for action at the 2023 Annual Meeting.
Board Development Committee
- Anne Grenitz, Chair
The BDC instituted a new “Spotlight” publication to highlight members in various leadership positions. They discussed how they became Alliance members, the value of their membership and why they remain members.
The BDC will present a slate of Officers, Directors, and members of the Finance Committee and Board Development Committee to be voted on by members at the 2023 Annual Meeting.
Elaine Wells Hale
The FMAA mourns the loss of a remarkable and talented member. Elaine was President of the FMAA 2007-2008 and served in numerous capacities including the Board of Directors, Secretary, Florida Political Action Committee and Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee. She was also an active member and held leadership positions with the Orange County Medical Society Alliance, the Southern Medical Association Alliance, the American Medical Association Alliance, as well as several community organizations. At the 2022 FMAA Annual Meeting, Elaine was presented with an award for exemplary service, dedication and commitment to the Florida Medical Association Alliance.
FLORIDA MEDICAL ALLIANCE FOUNDATION
In addition to the grants of $4,000 awarded in the Fall of 2022, the Board of Directors of the FMAF awarded two additional grants this Spring.
The FMAF Board of Directors approved a revision of the FMAF Financial Policies and Procedures presented by the Governing Documents Committee. An update of the FMAF Bylaws will be presented for action by members at the 2023 FMAF Annual Meeting.
FMAA members and County Alliances are eligible to submit grant requests for health-related projects or organizations in their community and/or throughout Florida.
COUNTY ALLIANCE NEWS
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CAPITAL MEDICAL SOCIETY ALLIANCE
The CMSA has filled its calendar with a number of service projects and social events.
COLLIER COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY ALLIANCE
The CCMSA is an active group who work together to engage their members in fun and worthwhile projects.
SARASOTA COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY ALLIANCE
Members of the SCMSA continue to support local health-related projects and enjoy each other’s company along the way.
St. Johns County Medical Alliance
The SJCMA is a small group that continues to support physician spouses and promote health projects in their county.
In partnership with the St. John’s County Medical Society, the Alliance awarded four scholarships to students pursuing education in medical fields and continued financial support to three others.
PROFESSIONALS Resource Network
Impaired Practitioner Program of Florida
The Professionals Resource Network, Inc. (PRN) is a nationally recognized, legislatively enacted private non-profit 501(c)3 organization, that is widely cited as one of the premier programs for
impaired healthcare professionals in the United States.
The Florida Medical Alliance Foundation proudly continues
decades-long support of PRN through donations and board representation.
Donations to the Florida Medical Alliance Foundation are always welcome!
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435- 7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. REGISTRATION#: CH55918
Florida Medical Association Alliance
Mission Statement: The Florida Medical Association Alliance is a resource and network supporting physician families in Florida and the communities they serve through advocacy and education.
Vision Statement: The Florida Medical Association Alliance will be the lead organization in the State of Florida that advocates for the health and well-being of physicians, medical families, and communities.
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Florida Medical Alliance Foundation
Mission Statement: The Florida Medical Alliance Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that works to advance medicine and public health by providing philanthropic support for health- related initiatives throughout the State.