Dear Sigma Beta Beta Houston Chapter members, I am really excited to be sending you my first letter as your newly elected 2019-2021 Chapter President. In case you do not know me well, I have been a member of STTI since 1990 and a member of our Beta Beta Houston Chapter since 2012. I previously served two terms as Secretary, took a break and then agreed to fill the remainder of Dr. Anne Koci’s position as President-Elect. I have been a fulltime faculty member at TWU since 2002 and have just become a tenured Professor. YAY!
I want to extend a huge thank you to our Past-President, Wyona Freysteinson, for her excellent leadership over the past two years. Under her guidance and encouragement to increase our officer meetings (with an invitation to any members who desire to join us) we went back to holding six meetings throughout the TWU academic year. This strategy, plus our fabulous leaders and members, has helped to re-energize our Chapter. Within June and July - 2019, the President’s report and the Treasurer’s report have been submitted to STTI headquarters by Wyona and Rebecca Aulbach, our detail-oriented treasurer.
All of our elected and appointed officers have diligently contributed over the past 1 ½ months to our 2017-2019 Sigma Key Award Application which I submitted today. For those of you who do not know, this is an optional application which consists of a lengthy document (ours was 29 pages to be exact) summarizing our Chapter activities within specific recommended categories that STTI requires for the award. Points are earned for what Chapters have achieved. We will find out on or before September 30th whether our Chapter has been successful in obtaining another Key Award. If we do, it is only because of the team effort by our Chapter leadership and members. Those who significantly contributed included: Wyona Freysteinson, Lee Williams, Kailyn Murray, Rebecca Aulbach, Leslie Nelson, Jan Cunningham, Adrian Melissinos, Brenda Binder, Sheranda Fesler, Olinda Johnson, Sandy Cesario, Mary Anne Vincent and Shanae Williams (I told you it took a TEAM!). I’m especially going to recognize and give a huge shout-out to Shanae who has taken over the Communications role – website, Twitter and Facebook page from Mary Anne Vincent, who also did a fabulous job. Organizations, like our Chapter, rely heavily on an IT-savvy member/services; because we have to show a communication trail of connectivity with our members. Shanae, we could NOT do this without your expertise and willingness to serve our membership in this way!
I can see this letter is already quite lengthy. I hope to give a list of meeting 2019-2020 dates, times and locations to Shanae within the next month so any Beta Beta members can join us. Please consider being an active member, if you aren’t already, of this great Chapter!
Joan E. Edwards, PhD, RNC, CNS, FAAN
Beta Beta Houston President