Greetings AAHAM colleagues and friends. It is bittersweet for me to think that this is one of the last President’s Messages that I will write. I have enjoyed my time as your IL AAHAM President more than you could possibly know and I am grateful for the opportunity that has been afforded to me to serve you. The dates are set for December 4-6, 2019 in East Peoria at the Holiday Inn and Suites Conference Center. I am becoming very reflective as we start to plan this year’s ASI, as it will be my last ASI as your President. I have had the pleasure of serving two terms and I am honored that you have had faith in me to lead our Chapter. I am very excited to look at the future leadership of our Chapter as I step into the role of Chairman of the Board. I am confident that the future leaders of our organization will continue to lead IL AAHAM with a strong and motivated passion! That being said, the ballot is now open for the 2020-2021 election. Please take time to vote!
I just returned from Ocean City, Maryland, where I was invited to speak at the Maryland AAHAM ASI. They invited me to attend their annual meeting and present to their membership on Customer Service and Leadership. It was a fantastic meeting! I am honored to represent IL AAHAM across the Nation and share with other chapters the great things that IL AAHAM is doing. The networking that AAHAM provides is priceless.
Hopefully you all follow Illinois AAHAM on social media and have been sharing the National AAHAM and IL AAHAM posts and information as we officially declared September as National Healthcare Month! There are so many issues that are so critical to all of us on the table right now and the National AAHAM Government Relations Committee is working diligently to raise awareness and lift AAHAM’s voice in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill, with the very leaders who can influence and make change. Our voice is being heard and the things we are doing matter.
The ANI is rapidly approaching in Las Vegas, October 9-11, 2019. I hope that many of you will be able to attend and experience the outstanding education and networking that National AAHAM provides to its members.
As I mentioned, our IL AAHAM ASI dates are December 4-6…SAVE-THE-DATE! This year we will celebrate ASI with top notch speakers and education, our annual charity auction, the swearing-in of the new 20-21 Board of Directors, our Annual John D. Currier Banquet, networking and a fun, new theme of “IL AAHAM White Out ASI Party!” This year we will be hosting Glow-Bingo after our banquet and encourage everyone to wear white and glow as we play Glow-Bingo under the glowing lights, listen to music and enjoy a new, fun activity!! This is not your grandma’s bingo! We are finalizing the agenda now and will open the registration and Corporate Partner vendor hall registration in the next two weeks! Stay tuned for all the details. Hope you can make it!
Yours in AAHAM,
Joshua Johnson, CRCS-I/P, CRCP-I, CRCE-I
Illinois Chapter President