Reflection and Giving Thanks This Autumn
Kasra Pournadeali, ND, AANP President
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
by: Kasra Pournadeali, ND, AANP President

Section: President's Column

With Fall comes the season for giving thanks and recognizing our gifts.  And as a profession, we have many reasons to give thanks.  We are seeing steady, growth and advance of our medicine, we have some of the best educational programs, we have students, doctors, community and corporate supporters that are committed to our Mission, Vision, and Goals, we care about each other and our greater communities, and we are able to make meaningful differences in the lives of people we touch.  Perhaps most importantly, we are gifted with what our medicine has afforded each of us individually-- in our own health, and how we are able to serve others.
Over the past month, your AANP has seen some important progress, and because of the commitment of our staff, and volunteer board, we are moving forward in an efficient and effective way.
To name just a few items:  We conducted an October Board meeting, where we welcomed two new affiliates to the AANP: the Nevada Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and the Endocrine Association of Naturopathic Physicians.  We enjoyed meeting with friends and state leaders from the Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians.  We hosted an in-person NCC (Naturopathic Coordinating Council) meeting, where leadership (from multiple organizations,) twice yearly meets to find ways to partner and team.  We planned our search process for finding our next Executive Director, and confirmed the team to get it done.  And, perhaps most importantly, we enjoyed participating and promoting Naturopathic Medicine Week—where doctors, students, and supporters like you, carried out nearly one hundred promotional events across the country including open houses, film screenings, tree plantings, auctions, wine tastings, screenings, demonstrations, and lectures.  It is exhilarating to see the interest and excitement around our medicine grow because of your efforts.
This Nov E News, is sure to inform, entertain, and provoke thought.  In it, you will find mindful editorials from Drs. Schor and Danielle, useful links to publications interest, announcements to celebrate and act upon, the regular-favorite job and event calendar, as well as an Ebola triage protocol by Dr. Traub and yours truly.
I encourage you to take time to review this E News and our other communications carefully; to update on your association’s efforts, and important calls to action.  Make sure to mark your calendar to attend our two signature events in 2015- the DC FLI and our Annual Conference (May 2-4 and Aug 5-8 respectively).  You’ll find these great opportunities to reconnect and rejuvenate with your tribe.
Our collective success does depend on each of us partnering through membership, participation, and perhaps most importantly supporting one another when possible.  Please remember to thank our state and national volunteers who are working to make things better for all of us.  Please help them do so by renewing your memberships when asked.  Finally, I challenge you to conduct yourself with gratitude every morning by answering the question: “What am I thankful for?”  Then enjoy your state as you discover the answers instinctively.
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