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Important Message from Judi Leonard!

Posted about 1 year ago

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As our communities face unprecedented unrest, I am hoping that you and your loved ones are safe and secure and our families will heal from recent events.
I wanted to share CHOC's blog on how to talk with children about race and unrest: and attach a handout on talking with children about racial bias that may be helpful for the families you serve.
Addtionally, NAPNAP has released a statement on Discrimination and Child Health: .
Our dedicated Board of Directors met this week (by Zoom!) and started planning for next year.  We are only missing 1 critical element: a President-Elect
This job basically involves being mentored by the President to become the next President in 2021-2022.  According to our bylaws, a member cannot serve more than 6 consecutive years on the board.  I am approaching that.
What does the President do you may ask?  Not much (and like they say, behind every great President is a woman!)  I am lucky to have lots of them behind me including:
Linda Scott-Katz, Membership and Communications Chair
Margaret Brady, transferring her position as Treasurer to Melody Mitchel 
Cathy Smith, Secretary 
Anneke Sager, Continuing Education Chair
Melanie Balestra, Legislative Chair
Sara Mehrmand, Social Media Chair
The President role involves presiding over any meetings, signing any contracts upon approval of the Board (we may have had 1 for our legislative analyst), completing 1 very easy-to-complete report annually to National (it took about 15 minutes), attending leadership meetings sponsored by NAPNAP, if able, with cost all or partially sponsored by our chapter or National.  Of course, this is not mandatory, just a fun way to learn more about leadership, the organization and meet some amazing PNP leaders from across our Nation.  And you may have some travel adventure thrown in, in your free time.  This position of President has taken me to Boston, Denver, Washington DC and New Orleans.  The next President may get a trip to Orlando, Florida.  And if all of that weren't enough, it's also been a personally enriching experience. 
Please give this some thought.  I work full-time, have 4 small part-time jobs and can manage this, a garden, a husband, 2 kids, pets and aging parents.  
Reach out to me if you may be interested.  We have fun and we welcome your involvement.  My email is:
Thank you to those who completed the recent National NAPNAP membership survey.  We have had 17 surveys back thus far (out of 94 members.)
We found out we are getting old (we were not aware of that!)
Of those who responded, 
1 is 40-49, 
3 are 50-53, 
9 are 60-69 and 
4 are over 70.  Maybe we should be the AARP chapter!
Seriously though, your feedback is important in helping us plan for the coming year.
If you have not completed the survey, please do so.  We are very interested in your thoughts.
We are already planning for next year.  Please mark your calendars to attend meetings on the following dates:
September 23, 2020
November 4, 2020
January 13, 2021
March 10-13, 2021 NAPNAP Annual Conference in Orlando, FL
April 14, 2021
June 23, 2021
Our meetings could be subject to change based on speaker and location availability. 
Some of the topics we are exploring include Telehealth, Autism, Speech and Developmental services, Dermatology topics, COVID 19 and related matters and we do plan to have our Splinting and Fracture Evaluation workshop when face-to-face meetings are permitted again.  Until then, we will ZOOM.  When you complete the survey, please include suggestions for topics and speakers.
On behalf of the entire geriatric Orange County Chapter of NAPNAP Board of Directors, it is our pleasure to serve you.  Please be involved and let us know how we can continue to support you.
Yours in health and peace,
Judi Leonard
OC NAPNAP President