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President's Message from Davina Dell-Steinbeck, PharmD, BCPS
This summer we sent out a survey to our membership to gauge interest in attending an in-person celebration for our 50th anniversary. As expected, the survey results showed that our membership is not in favor of having an event at this time. 65% of members did not support an in-person meeting and 75% of members said they would not be comfortable at an in-person event until 2021. Several members commented that holding an in-person meeting sends the wrong message and goes against the actions of multiple national organizations. Others commented that they would not be comfortable gathering until there is a vaccine. Many commented about the state of the economy and the inability to travel because of both work and financial restrictions.
The board and I agree and we have decided to postpone an in-person celebration of the 50th anniversary of MSHP indefinitely. We also feel that this is an important milestone for this organization and do not think that it is appropriate to try to celebrate virtually (besides what was done at Spring Meeting). While this saddens me, I am also excited because I know that MSHP has a bright future. We have a bright future because of the amazing leaders we have had in the past, that surround me now, and that we are going to have in the future. I know that MSHP will be around for years to come and that we will be able to celebrate our rich history on future anniversaries.
I would like to thank all MSHP members for their understanding and patience while the board came to this decision. We will definitely celebrate in-person, in the future, once it is safe to be together again. Since we will likely not be able the gather together this year, I encourage everyone to celebrate our rich history by getting involved, showing your passion for the profession, and supporting MSHP.
I would like to acknowledge the members of the December 1969 organizing committee and persons attending the February 1970 organizing meeting. A special thanks to Bert McClary for sharing this list with me.
Davina Dell-Steinbeck, PharmD, BCPS