Mergers can be rough, but with the combined effort of two committed boards the Rockingham County Medical Society and the Rockingham County Medical Alliance are now one: the Rockingham County Medical Association.
The governing documents and new budget have been finalized. I would like to thank our board members for their hard work. Especially, while we were creating a new organization we were able to still hold a successful Holiday Market, which netted $1200 for local charities and several baskets of non-perishable food items for our local food pantry. Thank you Donna Reilly, Beverly McGowan, and all our member volunteers for pulling off another successful event. Additionally, I would like to thank Beth Nelsen for chairing and ordering our Holiday Wreaths. We needed another $411 for local charities.
Thank you Kathy Lareau, Dawn Kern, and Debra York for hosting a boogieing Holiday Dinner. I think some members closed down the country club dancing until 11:30 that night. And thank you to the members who bought raffle tickets for the condo graciously provided by Chuck and Dawn Kern. We were able to raise $750 toward the purchase of 5 Baby Think It Over dolls for our school systems.
As we start a new year, we have lots of exciting events planned for our new organization. Our health promotion chair Debra York will be purchasing and providing 1600 “Hands Are Not For Hitting” booklets and “You Don’t Have To Be Bullied” booklets for students at Harrisonburg and Rockingham County schools. We are planning our annual Girl’s Night Out and have added a Guy’s Night, and we will continue with our very successful International Pot Luck Dinner and Chili, Beer, and Bonfire.
I would like to thank our administrative volunteer Elly Swecker for her expertise and assistance through this merger.
Thank you to all our members for your patience and support.
Gail Arthur, Chair