To support medical education.
To promote community health education.
To protect the future of medicine through legislative advocacy.
To establish a support base with physician spouses who have similar goals and interests.
To raise funds to: sponsor a Super Shot site, support the Health Careers Scholarships, and assist with any special health care related needs or requests that arise during the fiscal year.
AMA-FOUNDATION—Supports excellence in research and education in our nation’s medical schools.
CINDERELLA DRESS DAY—An annual event where used prom dresses are collected and donated to high school girls.
DOCTOR’S DAY—An annual event where we rent Science Central for a day and give elementary school children an opportunity to learn more about how to keep their bodies healthy.
HEALTH CAREERS SCHOLARSHIPS—Each year, three or four nursing, radiology, or surgical technician students receive a $1000 scholarship to help them with their medical education.
LEGISLATION—The Alliance co-sponsors a 12th District Legislative Workshop for physicians to interact with their legislators and discuss health care issues.
MEDICAL SCHOOL LIAISON—The Alliance supports medical students at IU-Fort Wayne by providing snacks and beverages throughout the school year.
FALL MEMBERSHIP—An opportunity for new members to the medical community to meet old members.
HOLIDAY LUNCHEON—Festive get together with a fundraising component to it.
SPRING MEETING—Last social meeting before schools out and summer begins.
BOOK CLUB—Meets the first Tuesday of the month from Sept. through May at 9:30 a.m. to discuss a pre-selected book.
SHARE AND CARE—Provide support or comfort to medical families in need.
YEARBOOK—A handy member’s directory with all events and activities listed. This is underwritten by generous sponsors.
President: Heather Tanner
Secretary: Tania Boyd
Treasurer: Nasreen Ahmed
Immediate Past-President: Preeti Jain
Committees and Chairs
AMA Foundation: Jeri Sidel
Book Discussion Group: Open
Cinderella Dress Day: Char Pierce, Jane Wuthrich & Wendi Wallet
Communications: Jennifer Bojrab, Mary Kate Dohl & Jane Wuthrich
Doctor’s Day: Maria Krach & Deanne Baker
Legislation: Cami Pond
Medical Education Liaisons: Holly Linna
Membership: Betty Canavati & Heather Tanner
Alliance BBQ and Docs vs Suits: Betty Canavati & Cami Pond
Fall Membership Event: Betty Canavati & Angie Collins
Holiday Bazaar & Luncheon: Jennifer Bojrab & Dawn Davis
Member Election Brunch: Preeti Jain
Scholarship: Melissa Somerville & Tania Boyd
Share & Care: Veydra van de Leur & Marcia Laker
Calendar of Events
March 1, 2014 – Doctor’s Day at Science Central
March 20, 2014 – Executive Board Meeting at IU Med School
April 12, 2014 – Cinderella Dress Day
April 17, 2014 – Election Brunch & General Meeting – FWMS
May 2014 – Annual Meeting with FWMS & Installation of Officers
May 15, 2014 – Pass the Gavel Board Meeting
**Call Fort Wayne Medical Society (420-1011) with any questions**
Fort Wayne Medical Society Alliance
Veydra van de Leur, President
FWMS – Alliance Betty Canavati, ISMA – Alliance President
Throughout the year, the Fort Wayne Medical Society Alliance works in conjunction with many local sponsors who support not only our mission and purpose but also our programming with their generous financial contributions.
At our annual Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 3rd, 2014 at the FW Country Club, Alliance members and their guests enjoyed private shopping with local area businesses: Castle Gallery (Jody Hemphill Smith), Emily Kai, Matilda Jane (Sara Spit-ler), Modern Muse Jewelry (Vivian Tran), Monogram Shoppe (Sara Keltsch), Arbonne (Preeti Jain), Thirty-One Bags (Sara Ensign), CAbi (Nancy Gouloff-Grabner), Skin Care Solutions (Rachelle Hanson), and St. John’s Orthodox Church Baklava, who all generously donated 10% of their sales that day back to the Alliance. Over $1000 was raised for the Alliance to use towards their Health Careers Scholarship program.
A three course meal was served and Lana Hoffman, a nurse with the Healthier Moms and Babies organization, gave participants an informative presentation about their work with the Burmese population in our community. In support, Alliance members brought much needed items from the HMB wish list to the luncheon for donation. The Alliance would like to thank all who attended! We cannot do what we do without participation.
20th Annual Doctor’s Day
The FWMS Alliance endeavors to educate children in the science of medicine, while also providing information to help them and their families to be healthier.
Doctor’s Day Committee: Maria Krach, Jennifer Bojrab, Deana Croussore (Lutheran Health), Lindsay Brown (Parkview Health), Dawn Davis and Betty Canavati (absent Deane Baker)
Jennifer Jordan and Tania Boyd
Marion University Medical students with Mayor Henry
Nancy Gouloff-Grabner and Cammy Sutter
IU School of Medicine medical students with Mayor Henry
Working in conjunction with area health care professionals, the Alliance is proud to have developed Doctor’s Day into one of the longest-running health fairs in our area with record attendance of over 2,500 in recent years. On Saturday, March 7, our 20th Annual Doctor’s Day was held at Science Central. The event ran from 10 am to 3 pm with free admission until 2 pm thanks to the continued and generous sponsorship of Lutheran Health Network, Parkview Health, and the FW Medical Society Foundation, with the added support of SYM Financial Advisors this year.
To mark our 20th year, Mayor Tom Henry conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 am to kick off the day’s events! In addition, the Alliance collaborated with Irwin Elementary School (a Fort Wayne Community Science and Math magnet school) on a “Careers in Medicine” contest, which was offered to 3rd-5th grade students. They were asked to highlight a career in medicine that interested them through an essay, poster board, or power point presentation. To get them started, the Doctor’s Day committee visited Irwin and presented the students with the contest guidelines (including researching the education necessary for the chosen career, listing some of the daily activities associated with the job, and why they chose to highlight that particular career), and short descriptions of 24 different careers in the medical field for them to consider. They could choose one of the careers listed or seek out another area of interest on their own.
Principal Ingrid Laidroo-Martin and the teachers at Irwin were instrumental in implementing the contest and helping to narrow the 149 entries to the top three from each class (18 projects) for our panel of judges to evaluate. The Doctor’s Day committee, along with three physicians, Ronald Baker, Paul Bojrab, and Keith Davis, met to review the 18 finalists. Through a numbered point system, results were recorded and tallied to reveal 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from each grade. The winners were recognized at Doctor’s Day, where they presented their projects at 1:30 pm in the Lincoln Financial Demonstration Theater. All students received a ribbon and the 1st place winners received a one year family membership to Science Central, in addition to a gift certificate to the gift shop.
As in previous years, there were over 30 interactive booths featuring health-related and medical career information, hands on children’s activities, live demonstrations by local physicians and health professionals, an ambulance for kids to explore, and hospital helicopter landings. We had 20 healthy food bags providing breakfast, lunch and dinner for a day donated by Alliance members and over 50 children’s items and four bikes with helmets given out throughout the day.
The Alliance would like to thank our many volunteers and supporters who make this day a successful community service project!
Health Careers Scholarships
Part of caring for our community includes preparing for the future. The Alliance is committed to the field of medical education and supports this cause with annual health career scholarships. This is the 14th year that the Alliance has supported students studying Surgery Technology, Radiology Technology, Physical Therapy or Nursing. This year, we are pleased to announce a new scholarship partner with SYM Financial. Melissa Somerville and her committee spent a great deal of care reviewing and selecting two winners in March. Once selected, the winners were listed on our website www.alliancefw.org on the scholarship page. Since their selection was after this articles due date, specific information about the winners will be shared in the Summer Quarterly edition.
Ribbon cutting ceremony
In the midst of fundraising and organizing our community projects and programs, Alliance members become friends. We are here to support and encourage each other while fulfilling our mission and purpose. Membership is at the heart of the Alliance. Come, join us and see where you can use your talents to better the community in which you live. Visit us on our website www.alliancefw.org or check us out on Facebook. We cannot wait to meet you.
The Alliance will be hosting the 14th Cinderella Dress Day on Saturday, April 11th from 9 am until noon at the IPFW Ballroom 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne. This event is open to any female high school student. We will be educating our participants on relevant health care information for young ladies, and will provide the opportunity to select a prom dress, shoes, purse and accessories. This event has really grown over the past few years and we anticipate high attendance this year. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Mary Kate Doyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fort Wayne Medical Society and FWMS Alliance Annual Dinner is on May 13th. This year we will be enjoying a special evening at the Sycamore Hills Country Club. Please contact Alice DiNovo at email@example.com to reserve your spot.
Save the Date:
The Alliance Spring Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, May 20th. Co-Chairs Maria Krach and Betty Canavati are planning a really nice event. Invitations will be sent out mid-April. Please check our web-site www.alliancefw.org for further information.
The 75th Anniversary Gala celebration was a huge success because of all the dedicated physicians, spouses, families and sponsors that participated in this great event.
We would like to say a special thanks to all our Gala sponsors.
Major sponsors included:
Women’s Health Advantage Parkview Regional Medical Center Lutheran Health Network Bradley Gough Diamonds
Other community sponsors included:
Lake City Bank All Star DJ’s ONE FWO SYM Financial Advisors Medical Protective Longsworth Law SweetCars Ignite Marketing DWD Ceruti’s Catering FW Newspaper Northeastern Group Realty Kelly Automotive Group PPG Cardiology Sipe Finishing Century 21 Realty Mercedes Benz FW Medical Education Program FW Medical Society Foundation IN State Medical Society-Alliance IU School of Medicine Fort Wayne