Dear Alliance Friends:
It is a great privilege to serve as your 2020-21 TCMA President. I am anticipating navigating our organization through a challenging year while still trying to ensure some semblance of normalcy that makes the Alliance so special.
Twelve years ago, I became a member of the Alliance at the invitation of an acquaintance who has since grown into a dear friend. This organization has become the cornerstone of my social network and volunteer efforts. I feel honored to work with an inspiring group of hardworking, intelligent, and energetic women and men who share the same desire I do to support the medical needs of our community and the family of medicine. Our Alliance is an organization of physician spouses, partners and physicians – all unique with varied talents and skills - who are committed to enhancing the health of central Texans and to supporting medical families throughout their lifetime by giving to others.
When the Covid-19 pandemic descended upon our community this past spring, it disrupted core elements of daily life. A mandatory stay-at-home order, travel restrictions, business closures and social distancing practices were put in place to slow the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus. As my presidential year begins, the virus continues to overwhelm healthcare systems throughout our state, nation and even in our cherished hometown of Austin. Equally concerning is the economic fallout from the pandemic: certainly, the Alliance is not immune.
The 2020-21 year will require changes and adjustments as we attempt to fulfill even the simplest tasks. With counsel from this year’s Board, we are creatively considering solutions to overcome these new challenges while continuing our mission. We also stand ready to support the Travis County Medical Society during the pandemic.
A primary goal will be to keep our members safe. Board meetings will continue virtually on Zoom, which will also be the case for the Alliance’s enrichment, community service, and various other committees until we are given approval to meet in large groups together.
Fundraising for our community service grants remains necessary if we want to fulfill our mission of improving the health of central Texas. It will remain a priority. We will continue our traditional community service outreach, as guidelines permit, as well as explore new opportunities focused on the medical needs of the community affected by the pandemic. As time goes on, we will make decisions on whether we are able to host our general membership meetings and other social gatherings in person, or whether an attempt to meet virtually will be necessary. Please know that the Board and I will keep everyone informed of our plans and that they could change week to week.
Although there will be unforeseen challenges ahead, be assured that the Alliance is here to serve you and remain a beacon of support for our medical families.
An additional goal of mine, one that will require your participation if it is to be possible, is to have 100% membership renewal this fall and to recruit new members to join our organization. Now, more than ever, is the time for each one of us to step up and help our family of medicine remain healthy and strong. Renewing your membership helps us to fulfill this goal and reach more physician families. When your notice arrives in September, please don’t set it aside: renew immediately and get that task marked off your calendar. And then, look around at your spouse’s practice, at your child’s school, or in your neighborhood and invite another physician spouse to join the TCMA.
Thank you for choosing to be a member of the Alliance and for being dedicated to our mission to enhance the health of our community and support medical families. I embrace the challenges ahead and look forward to having a successful year as your President. Please feel free to contact me anytime. Stay safe and take care.