There were concerns raised about the dates for this year's Annual Meeting that occur during the Jewish Holydays. Let me assure you that the Annual Meeting Committee did consider the options for the meeting very carefully.
The dates of Rosh Hashanah were definitely one of the major factors discussed by the committee from the very beginning. We discussed the dates with members of the Jewish faith and received the opinion that since the first night of Rosh Hashanah is September 24th and the second night is September 25th that we could plan for later in that week, if necessary.
The Board and Annual Meeting Committee had to consider the dates for other state and national nursing meetings, as well as the availability of reasonably-priced dates with the hotel. Ultimately, we were faced with deciding between just two weekends - one each in September and late October. These are the busiest months for meetings in the fall.
The choice was not an easy one and the Board of Directors and Annual Meeting Committee hoped that it had been sensitive to the High Holydays. It is a directive of the Board for all meetings - board, committee and annual ones - to be considerate of the religious holy days for all of the faiths of our members.
Karen A. Ballard, MA, RN, FAAN