Dear APPNA Members,
If there is anything which makes me more proud are APPNA volunteers and workers who lead by example. Such an example of leadership and impeccable management was set during the APPNA spring meeting 2017. APPNA-PUN Chapter hosted its first ever APPNA business meeting on March 24-25th at Hilton at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia. President of Chapter Dr. Haroon Durrani and his wonderful team arranged and executed one of the best meetings for APPNA.
Their hard work, dedication and attention to detail were evident in all aspects of the two day event and made it a very enjoyable and delightful experience for all the attendees.
Host team's hospitality and labor of love made the guests feel at home and I am very grateful to them for making it a memorable occasion for everyone.
The Council meeting was held on Saturday the 25th and was attended by 23 council members as well as other APPNA members. Presentations were made by Executive Committee members, the Chair of Board of Trustees and, the Chairs or co-chairs of various APPNA committees. Various APPNA Committee chairs presented their reports to the Council and discussed projects of free clinics, local healthcare ventures and educational programs in our communities. APPNA will be opening 3 new free health clinics in Philadelphia, Texas and Chicago and APPNA Houses in Houston & Philadelphia. Civic engagement committee is going to coordinate with food pantries throughout country to provide food for the indigent fellow citizens. It carries a budget of $50,000 which will be raised by our members and sponsors.
In keeping with the spirit of democracy, Council and APPNA members actively participated in debates over various issues pertaining to the organization and important decisions were made. APPNA's financial strength and well being was discussed at length and the budget was approved by the council.
Other highlights of the spring meeting included the spirited seminar on "Women Empowerment" by Valerie Biden Owens on Saturday afternoon which was very well attended. The Friday and Saturday night banquets included worthy guest speakers like Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district and Pennsylvania's Attorney General Josh Shapiro. I and other APPNA leaders had a great opportunity to discuss the current issues pertaining to Healthcare bill and our civil rights with them. It was very reassuring that our representatives understand our concerns and they promised to be a voice of reason at the Capitol when these issues are discussed or brought up for legislation.
No APPNA banquet is complete without music and entertainment and attendees were not disappointed. Both nights ended with a wonderful musical program that guests thoroughly enjoyed.
I look forward to meeting you all in Orlando from July 5-9 during the APPNA Summer Convention. Please contact me if you have any suggestions or feedback.
Sajid Chaudhary, MD
President, APPNA 2017