Welcome from the Board
July 1, 2020
Dear Alliance Members and Friends,
Welcome to our Alliance's new year. We are celebrating 96 years of serving the health and well-being of the Charleston County community, as well as of our own families. It is a thrilling achievement to be celebrating so many successful years and the friendships that bind us together.
And what an unusual and challenging year this will be! We are all well aware of our world's current pandemic, as we live alongside those front line servants. Whether through working in healthcare ourselves, supporting our spouses' daily workloads, homeschooling children online and at our kitchen tables, suffering illness ourselves or with others dear to us, we are all in this strange and scary place together.
Given this exceptional challenge facing each and every one of us, we have decided to make this year in our Alliance a special one as well. As complicated as our normal schedule of meetings and events would be given constraints upon us, we came to the decision that we will use this year as one of rebuilding from our own places of relative safety.
Several of us met via web conferencing in May in place of our usual fun Spring Installation Luncheon. This meeting's minutes are uploaded to our website, please read them at your convenience. Penny Wilson graciously accepted our nomination to be our President this year. Maureen Corless will serve as Treasurer; Debbie Goulding will be Co-Treasurer. Linda Spratt will serve as VP Membership Chair.
Our primary goal is to guide our Alliance through this most unusual year; keeping us intact, whole, and healthy, lifting up our members. These are some ways we hope to reinforce our strength. We will work on updating our very helpful website. We will raise funds through new member dues and generous gifts to the Friends of the Alliance. We plan to bolster those missions we have steadfastly served in the past.
Some important steps have already been taken:
We are grateful to Natalie Baker and Jennifer Ciccone for forming the Reading Reference Committee to examine, organize, and archive boxes of historic Alliance documents.
The Wild Apricot app is now active! Be sure and download it for your iPad and/or smart phone for handy reference to our directory and more. Many thanks to Madeline Spratt Weitz, a physician's child if not spouse, for volunteering to update and improve our website functionality.
Please renew your membership, and for those who have not yet joined us, please do. We relish your ideas and suggestions for ways to boost our community. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us with ways we may help you. Our membership directory, located on the members' area of the website, is a good place to start to explore the resources of our members. We are all physician spouses, of varying experiences: some are parents, grandparents; some are teachers, lawyers, nurses, dieticians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, business specialists, bankers, realtors, language specialists, musicians, physicians, and more. For guidance, or strategies, where better to start than reaching out to another member.
We are strongest when we are together. Our community needs us more than ever, and we need YOU. Physician families have been leading the way, caring for all people. We have a pivotal opportunity to lead through loving example. Please hold on and know we will all weather this time together and come back stronger than before.
With best wishes for good heath for all our members and their families,
Penny, Linda, Maureen, and Debbie
Charleston County Medical Society Alliance 2020-21 Board