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Reminder - NEAOHN Call - Wednesday, November 29, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Posted 21 days ago by Chad Rittle

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Please see the reminder announcement below, from the Northeast Region of AAOHN:

There are two files attached in preparation for the call.

Good morning Northeast Region members of AAOHN.

  As a reminder, we will be holding a special conference call tomorrow evening at 6:00 pm ET to discuss the Optional Chapter Structure Bylaws vote. If you would like to receive a calendar invite for this, please respond to this email and I can forward that to you.

 Attached are the following materials to guide our call:

1.       Agenda and call guidelines

2.       A question and answer “fact sheet” of some questions that we received before the call


Dial-in information


Access code: 6048760185


I look forward to speaking with you all tomorrow!


Kind regards,



Holland Robinson

Membership & Chapters, AAOHN National Office

330 N. Wabash Ave. Suite 2000 | Chicago, IL 60611-7621| 312-321-5173| Fax: 312-673-6719



From: AAOHN Leadership <>
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2018 10:10 AM
To: Robinson, Holland <>
Subject: Important Information for Northeast Region Members


Join us for a Northeast region meeting to discuss the optional chapter structure bylaws proposal.




Dear Northeast region members of AAOHN:


As most of you know, AAOHN announced a bylaws change that, if passed, will make chapter membership optional for our members. We know this is a new concept to many of our loyal and long-time members, so we want to take some time to discuss this change and its impact on our national organization and chapters in-depth with our Northeast region members. 


The Northeast region is a unique area of the nation for AAOHN members. You are the only area that currently has a regional chapter, and thus, many members are required to join a state, local, and the Northeast region chapter on top of National membership. Further, about 20% of our membership resides in the Northeast and many of the chapters in the area are active and engaged.


Many of you had questions about the proposed bylaws change at the recent NEAOHN conference in October; we answered some of the common inquiries below. 


How did AAOHN come to this decision?

AAOHN assembled the Chapter Challenges Taskforce in May 2018 to review all of the feedback received since this discussion began in Fall 2017. The taskforce was comprised of chapter leaders across the nation, board members, and AAOHN staff members. The Taskforce sent their proposal to the AAOHN Board of Directors, who approved it during their August 2018 Board meeting. 


When were members asked for their thoughts and opinions?

The Chapter Challenges discussion was introduced at a Chapter Leaders Town Hall in September 2017. Since then, members have had the opportunity to fill out questionnaires, online surveys, participate in focus groups, and learn more at the State of AAOHN meeting in January and the Chapter Leaders Breakfast in April. Further, members were continuously reminded to send in their thoughts via email to the National Office or to the AAOHN Board of Directors. In total, we heard from over 100 chapters and members, and this feedback contributed directly to the decision made by the Chapter Challenges Taskforce. 


How can chapters better market themselves to retain members?

The proposed bylaws change does not mean that all chapters will fold. It does mean that certain chapters may need to demonstrate their value and recruit members to stay viable. We also know that some struggling chapters will fold, and that’s ok. For those chapters who remain viable, AAOHN has marketing materials, like the chapter marketing kits, already posted to our website. Further, AAOHN plans to update the chapter section of our website to provide our members with more information about each chapter, including meeting information, dues information, and more.


How can we learn more and ask questions?

We will be hosting a Northeast region member conference call on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m. ET. Dial-in information is below. Please email if you would like a calendar reminder sent to you. 


Dial-in Information:


Access code: 6048760185


The Town Hall open to all AAOHN members will be Thursday, December 6 at 12:00 p.m. ET. This session will be more presentation style, but there will be time at the end to submit questions. Register here.


If you are unable to join and still have questions, our email addresses are listed below. You can also post questions to the Optional Chapter Structure forum, and a member of the AAOHN staff will answer your questions. 


We look forward to hearing from you!


Kind regards,

Steve Marks, AAOHN Director Northeast Region: 

Yolanda Lang, AAOHN Director Northeast Region:

Kim Olszewski, AAOHN Secretary:


Looking for more information about the optional chapter membership restructure? Read additional details about the proposal including lowering the national dues for regular membership from $185 to $165.




American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. | 330 N. Wabash Ave Ste. 2000, Chicago, IL 60611


Download all attachments as a zip file

  • Northeast Region Conference Call Agenda Guidelines_Final.pdf

  • NEAOHN FAQ Document.pdf

Holland AAOHN - Robinson
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