By Dr. Kenneth L. Moore
The ninety-fourth annual meeting of the Clinical Orthopaedic Society in Minneapolis continued our revival of traditions that have historically characterized our society. Live patient presentations, panels led by experts in their fields, ethics presentations, audience participation, and fellowship highlighted the meeting. It was a very strong scientific program thanks to Steve England.
Ninety-four years of history are outlined in the new CD production, Clinical Orthopaedic Society 1912-2006. An Informal History. Historian Larry Trick and our management company, Ruggles Service Corporation, are to be commended for this monumental task. I have just spent an hour reviewing old photographs, memos, and presidential comments through our history and recommend you review it in your “down” time. Looking back and reading our long history is inspirational.
Our society is being positioned for growth by management. Your board of directors has approved a number of major restructuring moves to improve our society’s finances and membership as recommended by management. This will include increasing the number of CME’s available at a lower cost at our annual meeting. It will involve changing our membership admission process pending by-law changes and approval. Your board along with management feels that these changes are necessary to reinvigorate our society.
The future relies on attracting younger members. We have created a candidate membership for recently graduated residents and we have added an under forty’s board position to which Pete Mangone of Ashville, North Carolina was elected. I encourage you to nominate new members both young and mature. Our younger members have requested a mentoring program that will include office, personal, and management issues to name a few. I am looking for ideas and volunteers.
Our next meeting will be in Memphis, September 27-29, 2007 at the famous Peabody Hotel. It will be our fifth trip there as a society and our program chair Bill Warner has already created a heavyweight scientific program. Plans are to increase our CME credit hours for the ninety-fifth meeting based on the recommendations of our younger members and management. In addition, opportunities for fellowship abound looking at his vision for the social program. Remember The Rendezvous, the ducks at the Peabody, Beale Street and the blues, memorials of civil rights and Martin Luther King, and the incomparable Elvis. Please mark your calendars now for this event!
Thank you for electing me your ninety-fifth president. I look forward to thanking you personally in Memphis, September 27-29, 2007!
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