PATRICIA K. COHEN, AS, RT(R)
It is with a sense of melancholy that I stand before you today. One year ago, I accepted the role of ISRT President. I was naïve enough to think that I would change the radiography world; man was I wrong, well partly wrong.
When I gave my incoming speech, my platform was one of ethics and professionalism. I made a commitment to you to serve with responsibility, dependability and of course, commitment. I am a completely different person. I feel as though I have walked out of a dark tunnel into a lit stadium. I thought I was serving you; when in fact, I was the one that received the most.
There have been several instances arise that would have crushed me years ago. My husband made a very difficult decision in April to resign as the Chairman of the Board. As President, it was my responsibility to act in that role and the President’s role simultaneously. There were many times that I didn’t know if I was speaking as the President, Chairman of the Board or just talking to myself.
I do want to thank the board of directors with challenging me to grow in my convictions. We have all spent many hours discussing and debating issues as they pertained to the Society’s policies and procedures. This board is to be commended for all of the hard work they have done.
I want to thank you all for giving me the opportunity to participate in many different extras that I would not have done otherwise. Being part of the ASRT’s Leadership Development Program, attending RT in DC, and attending the ASRT House of Delegate meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I was honored to take part in the official celebration of the ASRT’s newly renovated building, and to see and hear about the radiography museum that will open in 2015.
Personally, I want to thank our retiring Executive Secretary, Jane Patton. Jane, will you please approach the podium? (Present her our gift.) When you nominated me to the office of Secretary in 2009, I told you I would only do it if you promised to stay with me until my term of Presidency ended. Thank you for being such a trusted and loyal friend. Don’t think that this retirement means you are done, I have some fun ideas brewing in my head.
Heidi Sebastian, we have gotten to be very good friends this year and I will always cherish that. My promise to you is to always be around to be your advisor.
Steve Cohen, where do I begin? I won’t and then I don’t have to worry about my mascara. Simply thank you.
Joy Cook, as you become President, I wish you the very best. I promise to work alongside of you and to continue to bounce ideas off of you. I know that the new board will be fantastic!
Thank you all for a fan-tab-u-lous term as ISRT President!!!