Fort Wayne Medical Society – Alliance
|Maria Krach, President|
The summer flew by as usual, but the Medical Alliance managed to be part of two very important and fun events both related to supporting the IU School of Medicine in Fort Wayne. We had over 15 Alliance members and several of their spouses attend the BBQ/Open House at the medical school on August 18th. I believe almost all the 70+ students and some of their spouses and children attended. We also had a few game sponsors and team players participate in this free event hosted by the Alliance and the medical school. The food was great and the students got to visit with local physicians, while taking a break from their studies. The following week we had another great turnout of Alliance members at the Annual Docs vs Suits softball game fundraiser for the IU School of Medical Fort Wayne at Parkview Field. Although all the game sponsors are supporting the IU School of Medicine, the game is also a major fundraiser for the Alliance. The money the Alliance raises through t-shirt sales, silent auction, and fan favorite competition is used to support the medical school in several ways, such as the $2500 game sponsorship donation, lunch during finals week, and snacks several times a year. Unfortunately, the game was rained out and rescheduled for September 7. More information on the outcome of the game will be provided in the Winter Quarterly. I would like to thank Betty Canavati for all her hard work as chair of both events, Dawn and Keith Davis for providing the BBQ meat, and Jennifer Bojrab for the very creative Open House centerpieces. I believe the students had a great time at both functions!
Our membership drive is in full swing. Membership brochures with a letter from the President, a calendar of events and an invitation to the Fall Membership Tea Open House were mailed in late August. A second request went out in September. Please support us by joining the Alliance, so we can continue to help make Fort Wayne a wonderful place for physician families to feel supported. If you did not receive the mailings, the membership dues/donation information is listed on our website, www.alliancefw.org, or you can call Preeti Jain at 403-7724 for further information.
I am about one third of the way through my presidential 18 months. Normally the FWMSA President would serve for a year. We have just transitioned back to aligning our Program Calendar with an August to end of May schedule. This also allows for a better transition for our officers and board.
We have a wonderful social calendar of events for the year! The Fall Membership Tea Open House kicked us off on September 8th at Betty Canavati’s house. The Membership Team of Preeti Jain, Vivian Tran and Betty hosted a nice, informal gathering. Our Medical/Dental Alliance Mixer was October 6th and another great fundraiser for the YWCA shelter with toiletry product donations by all attending. Looking forward to the November Meeting, which is tentatively planned for a Verizon location, where we will have all our Smart Phone questions answered. We will also be hosting a meeting that is sponsored by SYM Financial Group for the Fort Wayne Residents on Contract Negotiations. Our annual Holiday Luncheon will be held at the Landmark on December 1st. Many new vendors will have items for sale including some from our own Alliance members. We would love to see old friends and new at any of our social programs!
If interested in serving on either Doctors Day or Cinderella Dress Day Committees, please check our website and contact the Chairs for those events. Both community service projects offer opportunities for you to get involved by either volunteering the day of the event or helping with preliminary tasks.
We continue to stay involved on legislative issues and will have members attend meetings with our local Representatives and Senators that are scheduled by the FWMS Board.
FWMSA President 2016-17