Thanky you WSC/WSP!

A big thank you to all the attendees, vendors, speakers, board members, and everyone who helped make our joint spring meeting great!

Please remember to fill out your follow up survey and let us know how the next meeting can be even better!

Officer Elections!

Hello Colleagues,

As our big 50th Anniversary meeting approaches it is time to think about nominations for the important roles that help our society run and make these events possible. Three very important chairs will be open for election at our meeting, these include President-elect, Membership Director, and Scholarship Director

Joining the board comes with some responsibility, but it also affords you the ability to meet with members all over the state, the chance to connect with leadership in the field, and the adventure of shaping our society and profession's future!

Please take a look at each officer's duties below and consider running for one of these seats. Elections will take place at the Spring Meeting.

Year One

·         Learn procedures and responsibilities of the President
·         Receive up to $1000 toward attendance at a national conference to gather ideas and meet potential speakers

Year Two and Three (as President)
·         Set date and preside at the interim meetings of the Executive Committee (June and January)
·         Send agenda to board members 4 to 6 weeks prior to meetings
·         Obtain speakers for the spring and fall meetings
·         Write president’s message for the newsletter
·         Directly approve expenses for speakers and forward to treasurer for payment within 5 to 7 days of receipt
·         Appoint chairpersons and members to Ad Hoc Committees
·         Appoint members to the Executive Committee for any unfilled terms.

Membership Director
·         Update and keep a current roster of members
·         Process membership applications
·         Process meeting registrations and supply meeting folders and nametags
·         Send a roster of the WSC Executive Committee to ASC, ASCT and Cytotechnologist Bulletin
·         Prepare an updated membership directory every other year for distribution to the membership
·         Mail membership renewal cards
·         Record dues payment

Scholarship Director
·         Process and distribute scholarship applications
·         Review scholarship applications and present recommendations at the Spring Executive board meeting
·       Contact potential donors soliciting contributions toward scholarship funds
·         Oversee WSC Professional Scholarship Fund

Call to action from our CT friends in Puerto Rico

 Hector R. Garcia, SCT(ASCP)CMIAC has recently contacted our Board with news from the University of Puerto Rico, Cytotechnology program. Infrastructure in the area is still in poor shape and students are still in need of the bare necessities.

Here is a link to the student gofundme page. The board is currently working on additional ways we can help in the wake of this disaster, but anything we as individuals can contribute would be greatly appreciated. 

Please see the letter we received from Hector below and consider a donation, however small.
Dear friends,
I was able to communicate with the Yadiris  Lopez Rivera, education coordinator of the PR school and she gave me an update of the situation of the school:

-They re-open the school October 9, the school is located in the Medical center complex and they have power, however interruptions are frequent. In order to make up for the lost time classes usually ends a 9 PM and on Saturdays.
-There facilities did not suffer significant  damages like others buildings in the Medical center complex.  
-The students spend most of the time at the school since there they have power and running water. Most of them don’t have electricity or running water at their houses or dorms. The faculty, as much as they can, provide them with bottle water and food/snacks
Since they can’t cook at their home for lack of power and a lot of their parents are unemployed due to the storm.
-The students created a gofundme link to raise funds  to buy food, water and others necessities . Any help is appreciated, the link is
-The email address of Yadiris is if someone will like to contact her directly.

Just trying to keep you informed and any help you can give them will be greatly appreciated.
 Hector R. Garcia, SCT(ASCP)CMIAC