A Letter from the President
Dear current and former members and friends,
At our most recent meeting, the Board of Directors for the Ohio River Valley Clinical Social Work Society voted unanimously to begin to take steps to close the Society. This has been a difficult decision, but a possibility that has frequently been in the background of discussions since I became involved in early 2014.
We did not arrive at this decision without considerable deliberation. The Board itself has experienced 100% turnover in recent years and has had lots of fresh energy to breathe new life into the Society. Capitalizing on this, we have put significant efforts into events: CEUs, Fall Gathering, Spring Awards, which have been well-planned and successful, but under-attended. We expect that some our challenges with engagement are due to an increase in opportunities for connecting with peers and receiving CEU’s.
Additionally, we have put energy into attempts to increase membership, but these, too, did not yield the results for which we hoped. This past year has been incredibly challenging with the roles of VP/Program Chair and Membership Chair being empty and the remaining board members doing our best to fill in the gaps. Over the past 5 years, paid membership has decreased from a 65 in the 2013-2014 membership year to just 25 this year. Additionally, membership has shifted from being primarily individuals in private or group practice to those in agencies, thereby shifting members’ needs and availability for programming.
As we begin to move toward closure, we invite you to join us in discussion. We will work to be transparent in our communications. Most importantly, we want to make intentional decisions related to our remaining funds that are in alignment with the mission & vision of the Society.
There are multiple ways to join us in these conversations:
- Members are always welcome to attend Board meetings, which are scheduled for the 3rd Monday of each month from 7-8:30pm at my home. Please RSVP so I can send you my address & plan for enough seating. The next meeting is April 16th.
- Contact any Board member via email (see below) or phone
If anyone having paid for membership this year (July 2017-present) feels that they did not receive their dues’ worth, please contact Mike Voegele, Treasurer, to request a refund.
Our last event of the year will be participating in the NAMI Walk on May 12th and invite you to join our team.
I want to thank my fellow Board members for joining me in these difficult conversations and to all of you for the opportunity to serve you over the last three years.
Board Contact Information
Emily Resnik, President
Mike Voegele, Treasurer
Jessica Spartin, Secretary
Cher Thomason, Education Chair
Phillip Roberto, Webmaster