The 2017 AAMA National Conference is in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 2018 AAMA National Conference is in Utah. The 2019 AAMA National Conference is in NORTH CAROLINA!!  Check out AAMA website for information. As I write this, I have mixed emotions as my term as your President is coming to an end. I have truly enjoyed this past year and it has been an honor to serve. This has been a long journey and really something I never thought I would be doing.  I have been in this organization for 35 years and it proves that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.  Great mentors have pushed and prodded me and one of our greatest mentors Joan Michaels, CMA-A, (AAMA) will not be with us at 2017 NCSMA annual convention to give us words of encouragement, but I am sure she will be looking down on NCSMA during the convention.  I want everyone to continue to make her proud of NCSMA. 
Paula Cooke, CMA, (AAMA)
NCSMA President

   In this issue:

   President's message           Page 1            Local Chapter Updates and reports    Page 4

   NCSMA Officer Reports  Page 2            Upcoming Events                                Page 5
   Committee Reports           Page 3            Job postings, Facebook page               Page 5


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NCSMA Board Reports 2016-2017

A BIG thank you to the members who have stepped up and volunteered to be on a committee this coming year. I appreciate every single one of you. I still have several spots open on several different committees so if you would like to be on a committee please email me at joellencma@yahoo.com . It has been an honor to serve as President-Elect of the NCSMA and I would like to thank the ones who have helped
mold me and prepare me for my term as President.
Rebecca Surratt, CMA (AAMA)
Vice President
It looks like Spring is right around the corner! I am looking forward to seeing everyone at state convention, but sad that we will be missing one if our good friend, Joan. She will be missed. I reviewed the membership and a lot of people did not renew on time. As of March 1, we have about 2300 members. We are still a big society. Let's continue and make it stronger. I want to thank everyone who gave me the opportunity to serve in this capacity.
Maria Va de Bovenkamp, CMA (AAMA)
Hello everyone! Things are going well with the office of Secretary. Thank you for allowing me to serve in this role for two years. I look forward to serving the NCSMA in other capacities. I will have NCSMA letterhead and envelopes with me at the State Convention for anyone needing either for official business. Hope to see you all soon!
Amber Greer, BS, CMA (AAMA)

Speaker of the House
As my two year's comes to an end I have mixed feelings. This is one job on the NCSMA board that I never thought I could do, when I sat in my first House many years ago I thought this was the toughest job on the board. I was so wrong, now don't get me wrong this is a tough job but the support from the members and the best mentor I could have in Shirley have made this an awesome experience. I have completed my second delegate packet and look forward to a very smooth running house this year. Please consider serving on a committee and moving forward with
the NCSMA as we are always willing to mentor and help.
Shannon Mitchell, CMA (AAMA)
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Awards Committee
The Awards committee met at winter seminar and did our judging for the Awards.  We had a long discussion about chapters still being confused about some of the rules that apply to sending in Awards.  We ask the Board to do some wording changes for the Standing Rules and ask that they be put on the website. After working with Rebecca Walker, CMA(AAMA)CPC we have made
the necessary changes.  There should not be any confusion now I hope.  We will
be presenting the Awards at the Awards Luncheon at convention.  Thanks to all
my committee members for serving this year.
Betty Jones, Active Member, (AAMA)
The following chapters have current bylaws on file with the committee and the secretary: Burke, Buncombe, Gaston, Greensboro, Haywood, Catawba, F-S-D, Lexington, Lenoir Co., Surry, Union,  Wilkes,  Nash-Edgecombe, Albemarle Area,Charlotte, High Point, and Pitt. Received Wilmington and will start working on these. The following chapters need to submit their bylaws for review: Alamance, Ashe, Cabarrus, Central Carolina, Craven, Iredell, Lee-Moore, and Wayne.  Remember this year if your bylaws are not in order you will not be able to have representation in the House of Delegates. The bylaws committee is also looking at chapters who have not had representation in the HOD for 2 or more years that those chapters may become inactive and the chapters dissolved.  Please
get your bylaws to me soon.
Shirley Sawyer, CMA (AAMA), CPC- Chair
Cindy Hall, CMA (AAMA)-Co-cha i
Convention Site Committee 
Letters are on the North Carolina State Medical Assistant website requesting chapters to place a bid for state conventions.  The 2017 convention will be hosted by NCSMA with chapters performing special duties.am happy to announce that I have bids for 2018 as well as 2019 state conventions.  This will have to be approved at the House of Delegates in April 2017.  Please go back talk with you chapters regarding hosting the 2020 state convention in your area. Looking forward to seeing everyone at convention in April in
Greensboro, NC. Thank you President Cooke for allowing us to serve on this committee.  
Becky Keller, CMA (AAMA) Chair 
Tammy Smith, CMA (AAMA) - Co-chair
Education Committee          
The Education Committee has been busy. We approved the NCSMA Winter Seminar 2017 and NCSMA Convention 2017 programs. The following are the upcoming NCSMA Seminars and NCSMA Conventions:            
NCSMA Convention 2017: NCSMA Committee - April 27-30, 2017 - Greensboro, NC
NCSMA Summer Seminar 2017: Forsy th-Stokes-Davie August 4 -6, 2017 Winston Salem, NC 
NCSMA Winter Seminar 2018: Greensboro Chapter
NCSMA Convention 2018: BID
NCSMA Summer Seminar 2018: Gaston County Chapter                                     
NCSMA Winter Seminar 2019: Catawba County Chapter
NCSMA Convention 2019: BID
NCSMA Summer Seminar 2019: Lexington Chapter
Elaine Norman, CMA (AAMA)-Chair
Jennifer Wiseman, CMA (AAMA)- Co-Chair
Past Presidents Committee
I met with the past presidents who attended the winter seminar in Kinston.  We discussed convention and made some plans for it.  We were so shocked to hear of the death of one of our founding members and past presidents, Joan Michaels.  We had just seen her at the AAMA national conference in Reston, VA. Joan was a mentor to all of us and such a special lady.  We will be doing a tribute to her at state convention at the Banquet.  Thank you Paula for allowing
 me to serve. So proud that you finally will be one of us. Thanks to all the past
presidents for their continued leadership and mentoring to the NCSMA.

Betty Jones, Active Member (AAMA)- Chair

Public Relations and Publicity Committee
I was pleased to represent the North Carolina Society of Medical Assistants at the North Carolina Medical Group Managers annual meeting in Charleston, South Carolina May 11-13, 2016. We are planning to attend the spring conference in Charlotte, NC on May 7-9, 2017.  We also hope to attend The North Carolina Medical Society Meeting. Thank you President Cooke for allowing me to serve on this committee.
Becky Keller, CMA (AAMA)
Paula Cooke, CMA (AAMA)

Online Tempo
As the editor for Online Tempo I would like to remind all officers, committee
chairs and chapter presidents that you are required to put a submission in Summer Tempo, Winter Tempo, Spring Tempo. I need you to send me an
email to deedee.edwards@gmail.com with your report and make sure you put in the s ubj ect Te mpo report and also the office, committee or chapter the report is for. If you have any questions please contact me by email or (336) 575-6100. If you know someone who did not receive this issue of Tempo please let me know and I will be glad to add them to our list.

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Dee Dee Edwards, CMA (AAMA), CPC - Chair  
Website Committee
I am planning to submit our Website for the 2017 AAMA Excel Award for Website Development again this year. If anyone has anything they would like for me to post to the website or the Facebook Page please email me at joellencma@yahoo.com . Also, I am planning on posting graduation pictures again this year of all the Medical Assisting Programs from around the State, so please email me pictures of your medical assisting programs graduating class. I will be posting a reminder to the NCSMA Facebook Page in the near future.
Rebecca Surratt, CMA (AAMA)-Chair

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Every Chapter Has A Page On Our Website

Each and every chapter in NC that provides information to us has their own page on our website. You can find meeting information, officer contacts and often photos from past events. Be sure to check out your chapter on our website when you get a change.

Here is a link:  CHAPTER PAGES
Albermarle Area Chapter 
Greetings from our president, Cindy Hall, CMA(AAMA), CPC and our Chapter. We hope and pray that everyone is having a great and exciting year so far. We have been busy as usual having our monthly meetings and attending several seminars. We have enjoyed and learned many topics that have helped further our career and CMAs. They both have been very informative and continue to give us our well-deserved CEUs.
Some of our monthly meetings and CEUs were about:
·         Childhood Vaccinations
·         Albemarle Reg. Health Services
·         Community Care Plan of Eastern Carolina and Pharmacy Program Finding the leader in you
·         How specimens are handled when they are collected at the hospital
Our monthly speakers come from our community and even from our Chapter. We have made some contributions to the community. They are:
·         College of The Albemarle award recipient
·         Day Break
·         NCSMA 2017 Convention
We have also been given a generous contribution from the American Academy Professional Coders. We really appreciate and are so thankful to them.The College of The Albemarle 2017 Medical Assistants will have the Pinning Ceremony on May 8, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. We are so happy for them. As a tradition, our Chapter will be giving the graduates their first Medical Assistant pin. The annual Stella Gallop Award is given during this ceremony. The recipient this year is Rebecca Markwood. This year Medical Assistant's graduation will take place on May 10, 2017. Everyone is invited to attend each program. Congratulations to the 2017 College of The Albemarle Medical Assistant graduates.  
Our Chapter meets monthly on the first Thursday of each month. We meet at the campus of College of The Albemarle inside of the Owens Center, room 117 at 7:00 pm. Our meetings are very educational, exciting, and we receive valuable CEUs.
To all Medical Assistants that are in our area, we extend a hearty invitation to join our Chapter. We world love for you to all to attend our monthly meeting and become a part of the Albemarle Area Chapter of the North Carolina Albemarle Area.
Betty Lilly, CMA (AAMA)
Catawba County Chapter
We have had a great year and I hope each and everyone had a wonderful holiday. Robin Bailey, CMA (AAMA) did a wonderful job getting our CEU speakers this past year. Our installation ceremony for the upcoming year was held at the Olive Garden in December, at that time we collect items for the "Robin's Nest" a child advocacy program in Caldwell County. We continue having wonderful CEU programs. Our chapter along with the Alamance County Chapter will be hosting the Hospitality Room at the NCSMA Convention on Thursday night. Catawba County Chapter has started working on hosting the Winter Seminar 2019.
Elaine Norman, CMA (AAMA)

Forsyth-Stokes-Davie Chapter
Hello from Forsyth-Stokes-Davie Chapter. We continue to have monthly meetings with an approved CEU at each meeting. Our meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at the North Point Grill in Winston-Salem at 6pm. We are busy planning Summer Seminar which will be held August 4-6, 2017 at Forsyth Medical Hospital Conference room. Hotel reservation can be done at the Quality Inn on South Hawthorne Rd. Winston-Salem. Hope to see you all there.  Registration form will be on the NCSMA website.
Donna Hernandez, CMA (AAMA)

Greensboro Chapter 
I would like to say to the Greensboro Chapter I will do everything I can to make 2017 a great year for us. I know this is my first time as Chapter President and there is so much to learn. I would really like to say thank you to all of the ladies in the Greensboro Chapter who have supported me and helped guide me through this new journey. I know I have a great team behind me with such great support. We continue working on trying to have CEU approved speakers at our monthly meetings and at times this has been a struggle. We are currently preparing for the 2018 NCSMA Winter Seminar. Information will be put on NCSMA website. We would like to say thank you to Lenoir County for hosting the 2017 Winter Seminar. 
Carol Fiato, CMA (AAMA)
Greensboro Chapter President

Lenoir Chapter
Hi everyone from Lenoir county. Thank you to all that attended 2017 Winter Seminar in Kinston. We had a wonderful time and hope all who attended did the same. We continue to have CEU approved speakers. 
Lisa P Cunningham,CMA, (AAMA)
Union County Chapter

Hello all!  The Union County Chapter of Medical Assistants started the year with 15 in attendance for the February meeting.   If you do not receive emails from the Chapter and would like info on educational offerings please email your email address to pat51749@aol.com. Also please visit the Union County Chapter of Medical Assistants Facebook page like and follow us. We will post information about the Union County Chapter, NCSMA and AAMA news, employment opportunities and other information. Congratulations NCSMA for being selected to host the AAMA 2019 Conference. We will be hosting the 2018 NCSMA State Convention in Charlotte at the Renaissance.

Patricia W. Clark, CMA(AAMA)
Vice-president Union County Chapter of Medical Assistants

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August 4-6, 2017 
Summer Seminar
Hosted by: Forsyth-Stokes-Davie Chapter
Registration Fee: $35
CEUs: 6
Hotel: Quality Inn 2008 Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem, NC  Phone:
The seminar will take place at the Forsyth Medical Center Convention Center 3333 Silas Creek Parkway  in Winston-Salem, NC.

October 6-9, 2017 
AAMA National Conference
Cincinnati, OH
Hotel: Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

January  19-21, 2018  
Winter Seminar
Hosted by: Greensboro Chapter
Registration is $35
This seminar will take place at Wyndham Gardens Greensboro, NC. More information will be on NCSMA website.

Both events have detailed information and registration forms located on our website. Click here to view them.

Did you know....

We maintain a list of current job openings in the state sent to us on our websiteYou can click and view open jobs that have been submitted to us. Employers wishing to list openings for CMAs or medical assistants should send listings to: joellencma@yahoo.com. We will keep postings for up to 30 days on the website

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NCSMA 2017-2018  Officers

President - Rebecca Surratt, CMA (AAMA)

President-Elect - Amber Greer, CMA (AAMA)

Vice President - Maria Van de Bovenkamp, CMA (AAMA)

Secretary - Emily Wagoner, CMA (AAMA)

Treasurer - Summer O'Neal, CMA (AAMA)

Speaker of the House - Stephanie Hodgin, CMA (AAMA)

Vice Speaker of the House - Vickie Rummage, CMA (AAMA)

Immediate Past President - Paula Cooke, CMA (AAMA)

Parliamentarian - Shirley Sawyer, CMA (AAMA) 

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Dee Dee Edwards, CMA (AAMA) - Chair

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