District 2 Newsletter
Issue #4 | Spring 2019
President’s Message

Dear District 2 Members:

This is my first official letter as President of District 2 ASNA. What an honor to be in this position! We have an outstanding group of nurses in our district and my hope is that we will be able to be more inclusive in our meetings and initiatives. I would like to have a representative from each county to volunteer to be a contact person for me to reach out to that county. This representative would be on the Board of Directors for District 2 for one year – ending with Convention. If you go to our web page in the ASNA Page, you will find our Calendar of Events for 2019. 

I apologize for the lack of a Winter Newsletter. Time of transition and learning so just did not get it done. Happens at times. You can always go to our Web Page to see any updates available. 

Please let me know any way that I can help you personally or your county as we march through this new year!

Mary Beth Bodin
President District 2 ASNA
(205) 657-2985

Today’s devotional is excerpted from A Charles Dickens Devotional, beginning with this selection from The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby:

It was, by this time, within an hour of noon, and although a dense vapour still enveloped the city they had left, as if the very breath of its busy people hung over their schemes of gain and profit, and found greater attraction there than in the quiet region above, in the open country it was clear and fair. Occasionally, in some low spots they came upon patches of mist which the sun had not yet driven from their strongholds; but these were soon passed, and as they laboured up the hills beyond, it was pleasant to look down, and see how the sluggish mass rolled heavily off, before the cheering influence of day. A broad, fine, honest sun lighted up the green pastures and dimpled water with the semblance of summer, while it left the travellers all the invigorating freshness of that early time of year. The ground seemed elastic under their feet. . . .

The day wore on, and all these bright colours subsided, and assumed a quieter tint, like young hopes softened down by time, or youthful features by degrees resolving into the calm and serenity of age. But they were scarcely less beautiful in their slow decline, than they had been in their prime; for nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy, that we can scarcely mark their progress.

—The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

District 2 Officers

President Elect:

Vice President:


Spring is usually a time of rebirth. Even as we celebrate this time, we also honor and celebrate those who have gone home during this season. 
District 2 ASNA would like to take this time to honor and celebrate the following lives and offer our prayers and condolences to the families involved. If there are others, please excuse our omission and know that we are here for you.
I would ask that we each take a moment of our time in silence as we pray for the victims of the recent tornado and the families involved in the devastation.
Please pray for
the family of Ellen Cockrel
Got Something To Sell?
Contact Mary Beth Bodin if you would like to place items on this page.
Join us for a District 2 CEU Day, FACES '19,
and the 2019 ASNA Annual Convention!
District 2 CEU Day: March 26
  • Registration: 8:00 AM
  • Program: 8:30am - 12pm
  • To be held at The Gateway of Tuscaloosa
  • Theme: The Art and Joy or Nursing
  • Registration available on Eventbrite
  • 3.0 CEUs applied for

FACES '19: April 16
  • To be held at Eastmont Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama
  • A list of hotels in the area is available by contacting the ASNA office.
  • Visit the website for more info

Spring 2019 Belk Charity Day Sale: May 4
District 2 will once again sell tickets to this event. See any District 2 Member for tickets. The cost of a ticket is $5 but you receive $5 off your first purchase.
  • 7am - 9pm
  • To be held at the Belk Department Store at University Mall in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Price: $5.00
  • Private Sale: Must Purchase Belk Charity Day Ticket to Participate

The Belk Charity Day Sale is an all-day sale event dedicated to supporting local non-profit organizations, such as District 2 ASNA. We will have the opportunity to raise money while private sale customers receive 15% - 70% off Belk purchases storewide, including special savings on rarely-discounted brands. During the first 3 hours of the event, customers with Charity Day sale tickets will have access to deeper-discounted items. A Charity Day sale ticket can be redeemed for $5 off a single purchase during the Charity Day sale hours and pre-sale. Limited exclusions apply. 

ASNA 2019 Annual Convention: September 4–6
Brag Board
District 2 has many outstanding members. We are proud to spotlight the following members for our spring newsletter
Each year District 2 ASNA sponsors a member to attend this program. To quality, contact a member and apply. District 2 has chosen Chris Forbes as our sponsored member for the 2019 Leadership Academy.

Homemade Churned Vanilla Ice Cream
What you'll need:
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy cream, divided
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Pinch of kosher or sea salt

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, 3⁄4 cup cream, and vanilla bean. Cook until bubbles form on the sides of the pan. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks until light and frothy; gradually add the sugar and salt, whisking until blended. Add 1 cup of the hot milk mixture, whisking until blended; pour the mixture into the saucepan.
  3. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture coats a spoon. (The mixture should register 175° on an instant-read thermometer. Do not let it boil). Stir in the remaining cream. Place the saucepan in a bowl of ice water and allow it to cool, stirring occasionally. Pour the mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl. (At this point, you can cover and chill the mixture 4 hours or up to 3 days.) Process in an ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Citation of Excellence
Peers or supervisors are encouraged to nominate a nurse who has demonstrated excellence in nursing for The ASNA Citation of Excellence Award. Nominees may be recommended at any time during the year 
  • The nominator or nominee does NOT have to be an ASNA member.  
  • A signed and scanned Nomination Form may be returned electronically or mailed to the ASNA Office. It will be reviewed promptly and a certificate suitable for professional presentation, signed by the ASNA President, will be returned via mail to the nominating person. 
  • The nominator and/or supervisor may present the award to the individual. District 2 plans to have a formal ceremony for the presentation at a place TBA. 
  • A portrait (head-shot) of the individual may be emailed to ASNA after the presentation for acknowledgement in ASNA’s quarterly newspaper, The Alabama Nurse, sent to over 80,000 nurses in the state.  
District 2 ASNA is planning a Celebration of Nurses event for Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 2-4 PM at the Eastmont Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa. State and District Nurse Leaders will speak and we will be Celebrating our Citation of Excellence nominees. Please take the time to honor your outstanding colleagues and submit nominations. There is no limit to the number that will be accepted.

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.