Dear Dysphagia Research Society Colleagues,
I am writing to provide the membership with a brief end of the year Society update.
I am happy to report that our membership has increased to a total of 459 paid members! This is an increase in over 100 members from the same time last year. Moreover, we have 84 new members (15 Full, 62 Associate, and 7 Training)! Many thanks to Mark Nicosia and the rest of the Membership Committee for their hard work on creating initiatives to attract and sustain Society members. If you have not already done so, be sure and renew your membership for 2017! If you need assistance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Website, Communications, and Public Relations Committee (WCPRC), under the leadership of Sonja Molfenter, is also to be commended for their work. The committee is preparing public relations events in Portland to highlight our society and meeting. DRS has extremely active Facebook and Twitter accounts. Those of you who are active in social media know that the posting and monitoring of accounts, especially professional accounts, is very time-intensive. Yvette McCoy and Rinki Varindani Desai have taken on this responsibility and should be acknowledged for their time and effort.
This is a mere highlight of the work being done by our various committees. While there are too many to note in one update, I would like to thank all of the DRS committees for their dedication and support of the Society’s efforts and initiatives.
The 25th Silver Anniversary Meeting of DRS in Portland, Oregon, is now less than 3 months away. I hope everyone is planning on attending. If undecided, be sure and check our video postings on the DRS website from our speakers about the meeting. Remember, the early bird registration ends January 16, 2017. Do not forget to advertise the meeting at any upcoming presentations you are giving. Last, in case you have not heard, the 2018 DRS meeting will be in Baltimore, MD, March 14-17. It is past time we return to the East Coast!
Speaking of videos, I hope everyone has enjoyed the video postings on our website of members’ thoughts of what the Society and annual meeting means to them. Take the time to think of what DRS has meant to you over the years. If you are so inclined, please consider an end of the year donation to the Endowment for the Future Fund. Our goal is to increase this fund to the level where we can support grants and scholarships. Remember, your donation is tax deductible. There will be more to come on our goal for the Fund at the annual meeting.
In closing, I would like to acknowledge the work of International Meeting Managers. We thank them for the work they have done on behalf of the Society for the past two decades. They will be finishing their tenure with DRS following the 2017 Annual Meeting. I would like to welcome our new management company, The Center for Association Resources. The Center will be working with IMM to create a seamless transition during the first quarter of 2017. So please extend a huge thank you to IMM and warm welcome to The Center.
Best wishes for a joyous end to 2016, and an exciting start to 2017!
Stephanie K. Daniels, PhD, CCC-SLP
DRS President (2016-2017)