District 2 Newsletter
Issue 3
Fall 2018
President’s Message

As I write my last President’s message, I wish to focus on two things, the highlights from the ASNA convention and the end of my term as your President. In addition to addressing business matters pertaining to nursing during the convention, delegates and convention attendees were unselfish in graciously accepting a challenge to make a financial donation to the new Don Eddins Nurse Advocacy Scholarship. Mr. Eddins has served as ASNA’s attorney for 20 years. District 2 donated almost $300.00 in a short period of time from the members present. Secondly, delegates and members were asked to donate money to assist the victims of Hurricane Michael. Just from this one attempt, the money collected from 100 persons exceeded $500.00. We had approximately four first attendees from District 2. Two served as delegates, Jennifer Humphries and Chris Forbes. We congratulate Jennifer Humphries who graduated from the Leadership Academy. I’m so proud of all the accomplishments of our District 2 members. Poster Presenter, Speaker, three award recipients, and newly elected members to state offices. Please look for more information about them in the newsletter.

In closing, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to each of you for your vote of confidence, but more importantly, your unwavering support and tireless efforts in completing each task given to you. Throughout my two-year term, I was amazed how the District 2 officers and chairs functioned so collectively and efficiently. Many projects were implemented successfully because our District leaders worked cohesively and always with a labor of love. Membership has grown over the past two years and I hope to see you at our December Christmas Dinner at Ruby Tuesday’s. More information is in the newsletter. Special thanks to Dr. Mary Beth Bodin for implementing the newsletter. Again, I wish to thank everyone for all you do. 

Dr. Jackie C. Williams
Inspiration: Thankfulness in Helping Others

As Nurses, we are prepared to help others on many different levels during the human lifespan and in a variety of conditions.  It is also important to know what we have, and do not have, to give in the help arena. Know where you are strong and where you are stretched. Our strength can be in identifying available resources, lending an ear, for example sometimes help is in the form of listening, providing encouraging guidance, or sympathy, based on the circumstance. It is a delicate balance to recognize what people want in contrast to what is needed. 

In all that we do, patience and tolerance are key attributes that helps us to help others at the workplace and in our community. As we approach the Holiday season, we can be generous in all types of giving, emotional, material and spiritual. As we give we can express Thankfulness for God’s gifts to us, His people.

Patricia Green

Feel inspired, be encouraged and most of all be thankful for the ability to help others in need. 

District 2 Officers

President Elect:

Vice President:


District 2 would like to express our sincere condolence to any member, members’ family or friends who have lost loved ones in the past few months. Please let us know any time there is a need. We are here for you!
ASNA District 2 Scholarships
District 2 is pleased to announce the 2018 scholarship winners:
-Javier Figueroa- UA
-Devon Hill- UA
-Amye Ray- Bevill State
-Sesaly Moore- Shelton State
The awards will be presented on December 4th at the District 2 Christmas Party.
Special thanks to the scholarship committee: Jennifer Humphries, Betty Key, Mary Ann Kelly and Marta Skelton. We had 37 scholarship applications this year so it was quite a task to narrow it down. Scholarships are given based on financial need but all 4 recipients had GPA’s between 3.1 and 4.0!
Fall CE Event
This year's convention will be held at the spectacular Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel & Conference Center at Grand National. We invite you to partake in all of the wonderful amenities of the hotel as well as the surrounding activities.

Registration is open. Secure your room ASAP!

District Meeting
The November District 2 ASNA meeting will be held via Conference Call Thursday, November 8th at 6 PM. Dial 712-770-4035. Access code is 235917#

Christmas Dinner
The District 2 ASNA Christmas Dinner will be December 4, at 6 pm at Ruby Tuesday’s in Northport. If you would like to play Dirty Santa, please bring a gift with cost of ~$15. Scholarships will be awarded at that time and new officers will be installed.

Annual Fall Belk Charity Sale
The Annual Fall Belk Charity Sale is scheduled for Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 6 – 10 am. Tickets may be purchased for $5 and you will receive $5 off your first purchase with a ticket. District 2 ASNA will receive the proceeds from the tickets we sell. We would like to ask each member to purchase a ticket. We also need volunteers to work on the day of the sale – bagging purchases or working the presale pick-up. Tickets may be purchased at the Belk store or from District 2 ASNA members. Call Dr. Jackie Williams or Kim Inman-Smith.

2019 ASNA Convention
ASNA Convention 2019 will be at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, AL September 4-6, 2019. Please note that this is a few weeks earlier than usual. Please put these dates on your calendar.  

Nurses Day at the Capitol
Nurses Day at the Capitol is scheduled for February, 2019. Date to be announced! This even is getting more important each year. Please plan to attend.

FACES 2019
FACES will be April 17-18, 2019 at the same location as in the past. More information to follow.

We are proud to announce that Jennifer Humphries completed the 2018 ASNA Leadership Academy and presented a Poster at the 2018 ASNA Convention. We expect to see great Leadership from Ms. Humphries in the near future.

If you would like for District 2 to sponsor you for the 2019 Leadership Academy, please contact Jackie Williams or Mary Beth Bodin. 

We are also proud to announce that we have 3 District 2 Members who received State Awards at the convention.
  • Dr. Julie Savage Jones received the Charlene Roberson Mentorship Award.
  • Ms. Essie Parker received the Louise Bardsdale Outstanding Nursing Practice Award.
  • Dr. Mary Beth Bodin received the Outstanding Retired Nurse Award.

Conference 2018 Highlights

We want to once again thank our 9 members who volunteered their time to serve as Delegates to the 2018 ASNA Convention.
  • Susan Dashner
  • Jennifer Humphries
  • Chris Forbes
  • Mary Beth Bodin
  • Marta Skelton
  • Betty Key
  • Kim Smith
  • Etta Felton
  • Julie Jones
  • (Jackie Williams)

We are very pleased to announce that our Vice President, Abby Horton, was elected to the ASNA COPI (Committee on Professional Issues) Committee. Chineda Hill, first time Convention attendee, was elected to the Nominating Committee. Thank you both for your time and talents!
These Ladies will represent us well!!

In addition to Jennifer Humphries, we had two other District 2 members with Posters: Abby Horton and Julie Savage Jones.  

Grandma's Abrosia Sala

Yield: 10 to 12 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes

My grandma’s recipe for the iconic light and refreshing dessert that includes mandarin oranges, coconut, marshmallows, pineapple and Cool Whip. Perfect for summer!

  • 1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 cups (170 grams) sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 cups (86 grams) miniature marshmallows
  • 1 (8-ounce) container Cool Whip

1.   Place the oranges, pineapple, coconut and marshmallows in a large bowl. Add the Cool Whip and, using a rubber spatula, gently fold the mixture until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed.
2.   Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Ambrosia can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
More News & Notes:
  • Membership is critical to the growth and foundation of ASNA. ASNA represents nurses today as well for tomorrow. Please share with colleagues what ASNA does for you!!! 
  • District 2 is in need of the following BOD members:
  • President-Elect – the new President-Elect will mentor under our new President, Mary Beth Bodin, to be installed at our December meeting.
  • Vice President – Our new Vice President will be mentored by our current VP, Abby Horton.
  • Please send nominations to Jackie Williams or Mary Beth Bodin. You may certainly self-nominate! We have a great cohesive group!

In addition to the core components of the newsletter, we would love to hear what you have to say! Please send anything you would like to see added to the newsletter, your favorite recipe, items for sale, etc. District 2 would love to hear from you! Please submit to sbodin2006@comcast.net. Current plans are to publish our Newsletter Quarterly.