This year has flown by and I can’t believe it’s almost over. Our board has been working so hard this year and I cannot thank Ashleigh, Danielle, Kacee, Courtney, Angela, Carolyn, and Teri enough. I also want to thank our Ways and Means Committee, Laurel, Kaycee, and Caitlin, for their efforts in getting ready for conference. I really appreciate all your time and hard work!
We have had such a busy year. Our Education Committee has completely revamped the student bowl and I cannot wait to see it in action at the conference. Another project they took on was updating the rules for our Bruce E. Johnson Memorial Scholarship, Mickey Patch Scholarship, scientific paper competition, and scientific exhibit competition. Our Bylaws Committee has been busy reviewing the Finance Policy and the updated rules and forms for scholarships and competitions. They’ve also been submitted changes including adding a Volunteer Conference Chair position, donation letters, and vendor forms. Our Finance Committee has been working hard to get our accounts consolidated to one bank and to a bank that is accessible throughout our state. We’ve also been working throughout the year to get any and all documents in electronic format. It’s been a productive year to say the least.
Ashleigh and I represented Wyoming as delegates at the 2018 ASRT House of Delegate Meeting this June. Angela Raybuck attended as our alternate delegate. The meeting was held in Las Vegas, NV. Three main topics were discussed throughout the meeting. Last year, a motion to investigate combined dues was made. This would mean the ASRT and state affiliate dues would be one lump payment—if you are a member of one affiliate, you are a member of both affiliates. The ASRT sent out a survey to see what members would prefer and the results were presented at the Meeting. The results showed that members were not in favor of combining dues for a number of reasons and as a result, the ASRT is not going to pursue this agenda. Requiring a Bachelor’s degree as entry level for radiologic technologists was discussed again this year. It was stated that this requirement does not include shutting down associate level programs. How this requirement is going to be achieved is still under review at this point and no changes have been made as of yet. Lastly, the ASRT made an exciting announcement regarding changes to the Affiliate Financial Assistance Program (AFAP). As of August 1, 2018, the ASRT will be providing insurance for all state affiliates. State affiliates no longer have to purchase their own insurance and provide proof to the ASRT. The ASRT is also adding a $1million boost for 3 years to the AFAP fund and increasing the amount of assistance from $4,000 to $5,000 a year. The last change the ASRT is making to this program, is that an alternate delegate is no longer required to be in compliance for the AFAP. Only 26 states qualified this last year for this program (so good job Wyoming on getting that assistance!) and the hope is that these changes will allow for more affiliates to receive assistance to help them succeed. These changes are huge for smaller state affiliates like us and will help us so much!
At this meeting, we had two students selected to attend the ASRT Student Leadership Development Program. Kaycee Hurless and Caitlin Boe attended the leadership education and were able to sit on the floor with the affiliate delegates during the HOD meetings. Way to go and thank you for making us proud!
I look forward to seeing you all in just a few short weeks for the conference in Cheyenne. Ashleigh has been working diligently all year on this conference and I am excited to see it all come together.
I want to thank you all for allowing me to serve as your president for the last year. It has been an honor and such a great opportunity. In the midst of learning my duties and working through this year, I’ve met new people and built stronger relationships with others. The WSRT has become more than just an affiliate, it’s family. I encourage all of you to get involved at some point in some way and find out for yourselves just how rewarding it is to be able to network and stay involved with all these amazing professionals throughout our state and nation. You not only get to meet incredible people but you get to be a voice for our profession, keeping informed and fighting for our patients’ best interest!
Thank you again for your support and this great opportunity! See you in September! Its going to be fun!
Kayci Robinson B.S., R.T. (R)(CT)(BD)