I hope your New Year is off to a wonderful start! While we’ve all been digging out from numerous snow storms, your MAND Board has also been very busy working for our members. Here’s a glimpse of what we’ve been up to lately:
- Planning a spring conference to be held May 1st at SMCC in South Portland. This conference will be FREE to members (that means free CPEUs!) and will include a fun, optional event—a farm tour with transportation provided. Check your email inboxes for more specifics on the conference in the coming weeks—you won’t want to miss out!
- Our Legislative Day was held in January in Augusta. Senator Alfond as well as numerous other legislators from around the state joined us for breakfast and short, informational presentations from some of our members and students. We continue to work closely on legislative issue of concern to our profession.
- Developing a slate of candidates for upcoming elections. MAND is a team. We value each member of our affiliate, and we’d love for more of our members to be actively involved in our organization. Many hands do make light work, and many ideas help us create a vibrant, relevant organization. Elections are coming up soon and we are looking for a few good RDNs/DTRs to join us on the Board. Think about areas of activity that might interest you (conference planning, legislative efforts, food security?); there’s truly something for everyone within MAND—we are waiting for your input! We all bring talents, experiences and insights to our work here in Maine. All of our work is tied to our organization’s mission and vision, which you can read here.
Finally, please stay in touch and let me know what you’ve been doing professionally and personally—I love to hear what our members are doing! If you have pictures of events that feature MAND members, send them along to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we might include them in newsletters or on our website (with your permission, of course).
With warm wishes,
Pat Watson, MS,RD,LD,CDE
2014-2015 MAND President