Greetings AAHAM Friends!

I want to take a moment to let our fellow AAHAM Chapters in Florida and Texas know that IL AAHAM is thinking about them. We are glad that everyone is safe following the devastation of last month’s hurricanes. We continue to hold you in our thoughts and pray for swift recovery.

Congratulations to our four IL AAHAM Scholarship winners! We are very proud of your hard work and determination! Wishing you the best of luck!

Our September Meeting was a great success! We had a very HOT Charles Garvin Memorial Golf Outing this year with unseasonably warm temperatures that day! The Den at Fox Creek is an outstanding golf course and all that participated had a great day! What a fantastic way to honor the memory of Charles Garvin. We tried a new venue on the ISU campus in Normal, IL. The Bone Student Center. Fantastic facility. Great meeting! We had over 64 attendees and 12 first time attendees! Our membership is up and we are sitting comfortably as the 3rd largest chapter in National AAHAM with 241 members! An increase of 30% over last year. This is due in part to the new FREE student membership initiative that National AAHAM introduced to us this year! IL AAHAM has welcomed 17 new student members and we hope to have many more by the end of the year!

I am excited to be heading to Nashville next week as National AAHAM members take the Gaylord Hotel by storm to attend the ANI. It is a fantastic event and I cannot wait to report back the awesome networking opportunities I get to experience and what very cool things lie in store for us in the coming year!

Our focus now of course on the IL AAHAM 36th Annual State Institute! SAVE THE DATES! Our event will be in East Peoria, IL, Wednesday November 29, 2017 through Friday December 1, 2017. We are working on finalizing an outstanding education agenda now and will send an e-mail blast to all members and Corporate Partners very soon! This year, our theme for ASI will be “The 80’s!” A look back, 36 years ago, to good ole 1981…a retro 80’s party! Complete with a photo booth and the 80’s pop-hit cover band, Retro Fit! Also, back by popular demand, Dan Wilde, Caricature Artist! We are looking forward to a fantastic event!

This is an election year for IL AAHAM. The ballots have been cast and the voting has ended. Your new Board of Directors will be initiated at the ASI event.

IL AAHAM has a long-standing tradition of giving generously and we are excited to announce that the charity event at the ASI will be a silent auction with all proceeds being donated to our friends in the Florida and Texas AAHAM chapters to help with hurricane relief funds. Details will be included in the meeting registration information. If you would like to donate an item to be raffled at the ASI, please contact Julie Van Pelt at jvanpelt@avadynehealth.com or Meaghan Coward at meaghan.coward@cghmc.com or myself at josh_johnson@gibsonhospital.org We are welcoming any and all donations of awesome items that will fetch a great bidding price! Donate generously! It is for a great cause!

Looking forward to seeing you all in December!

Yours in AAHAM,
Joshua Johnson, CRCP-I
Illinois Chapter President