The Connecticut Chapter
(Last Updated 2005)
In time the Northern and Southern Chapters found themselves competing for members and educational offerings. Connecticut is a small state in area and population. After a few years in exploration, it was decided to merge the two chapters into one Connecticut Chapter. The merger was completed at the New York City Annual Conference, but we were never given a document such as a chapter charter. The Transition Team consisted of Linda Cooney, Brother Francis Smith, and Ann MacGillis, from the Northern Chapter and Mary Unfricht, Susan Khalil, and Joyce Simpson from the Southern Chapter. The President’s role was assumed by Mary Unfricht, Joyce Simpson was the Treasurer, and Secretary was Pama Barber. The Board members consisted of Transition Team members Linda Cooney, Brother Francis Smith and elected members Magalys Perez and Joanne Schumacher. We were proud that our elected officers were reflective of our membership in regard to gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity.
Educational offerings for last year included an update of the Annual Conference, Hepatitis B&C and Nursing Implications. Dr Cal Cohen presented an update of HIV findings.
Several members conducted research and had articles published. Kathy Tummillo was designated a Distinguished Lecturer.
It was decided that we should have chapter dues to cover expenses of paper and mailings. It was received with only one member responding with payment. The issue with dues was dropped.
After one year membership has declined and participation is a very real concern. Even though by mail and email members were encouraged to attend meetings, become acquainted with the officers, and bring forth suggestions and concerns, communication is usually one way: from us to them. We are at a critical point in time with only elected officers responding to correspondence and attending meetings. We have three educational offerings scheduled: August 4th” New Options for HIV Salvage Therapy”,” How Far We’ve Come in Mother to Child Prevention”, date to be determined, and this fall we will present a panel program on experiences with HIV and cocaine use and treatment.