I have worked in the field of radiography since 1972. I am employed at a large orthopedic surgery group in Indianapolis, Indiana. Currently, I am the Immediate Past President of the Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists, Inc. I am also the Chairman of the Board of the ISRT. I have been a member of the ASRT since 1984. I am involved with many committees within this organization. Currently, I am on the ASRT Scanner Editorial Advisory Panel as a member. Also, I am a delegate with the Practice Standards Council Radiography Subcommittee, and a member of the Committee on R.T. Advocacy Region 6 Subcommittee. I will be chairman of the Radiography Chapter for 2016-2017. I truly believe that you must get involved to have an impact on what happens within our profession. This is why I have always been involved, whether it be with the Indiana society, or the ASRT.
I believe that you must be involved to have an impact on what happens within our profession, which is why I have always been involved, both with the Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists and the ASRT. The top issue now is the declining membership numbers in the affiliates and the lack of interest in getting involved. As secretary-treasurer, I'll propose that we establish an affiliates workshop or seminar/roundtable, that brings together affiliate leaders and members to discuss and devise solutions for improving and strengthening the affiliates. Getting people involved is a critical element to success. If we don't advocate for our profession, who will? We MUST get involved at the local, state and federal levels if we are to protect our profession.
Getting people involved with whatever the issue might be at the time is important. When we had R.T. in D.C., we were able to get individuals excited about getting the CARE bill passed in Congress. Going to R.T. in D.C. every year and letting our congressmen and women know how important that bill was. Getting people to see that a certain issue will affect them. That usually gets people to act. By letting individuals know of the issue at hand and why it is important, and making sure that the participation for the advocacy effort will enhance their knowledge and how it will pertain to their profession. If we do not advocate for our profession, who will? So, this means getting involved at the local, state and federal level. If the issue will affect what you do, than you MUST get involved and protect your profession. Remember, PERSISTENCE is the key!
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