Dwayne Aalseth

Dwayne Aalseth

Happy New Year! Hope your Holiday was bright, and Santa brought you what you wanted. The AEMTA will be hitting the ground running for you, our members. We have a few legislative issues we are working on, Spring Fling in March, new memberships, and bylaw proposal changes among other things.

Spring Fling is headed our way quickly. It will be held at Arkansas State University in Monticello. Penny Russell is working on some great speakers and entertainment. The full agenda with speakers, vendors, and sponsors is available on the Spring Fling website. Our contract hotel will be the Holiday Inn Express, fully remodeled and a hot breakfast should make a great stay. They will be providing a room for a meet and greet social Friday night. This will be a BYOB event with no open marked containers allowed by law. Cups will be provided by EASI ambulance and you may store your drinks in a cooler. So make your plans now, and come join the fun.

You may have heard that the AEMTA voted to give a one year membership to all Licensed EMS Providers (EMSP) in the state. And some may have some questions as to why we did this? This was an idea that Keith came up with, and when we talked about it in early March of last year I thought it was a great idea. As I travel the state I run into EMSP’s that have never heard of the AEMTA. Others think the AEMTA is just a great big party place. This is a great chance to reach every provider in the state and let them know what the AEMTA is doing for them. Now the hard work begins for the board and my self, retaining our new members and getting them involved. Communication is going to be the key to success! I have challenged each board member to submit an article to the Lifeline quarterly. Coupled with a board meeting every odd numbered month, this will give you, our membership, access to your board. I will also be giving you monthly updates to keep you informed, so check your Lifeline regularly.

The board will be looking at updating the current bylaws, so if you see something that you think needs to be changed, contact a regional representative or society president and give them your ideas. Any proposed changes will be published in the Lifeline for your review prior to going before the membership for vote. This will be your voice into how your association works and operates for the next several years, so please watch this closely.

With that being said I hope old man winter has not played havoc in your area. Be careful and slow down on the ice and snow. Our next board meeting will be at Spring Fling, and I hope to see you there.

Dwayne Aalseth
AEMTA President