Board Meeting Minutes - February 22, 2010

Date: 2/22/2010
Time: 5:00PM
Place: College of Nursing

Attendance: Maria Lumbrazo, Nancy Lyon, Bonnie Miner, Roberta Rolland, Patricia Powers

  1. President-elect Roberta Rolland opened the meeting welcoming board members and outlined goals for the upcoming year. The goals are focused on improving communication and increasing member involvement.
  2. Vice President Maria Lumbrazo reported on upcoming events in the planning. Maria has been working with the dean about a presentation on international outreaching experiences of area nurses.
  3. Treasurer Bonnie Miner presented the finance report.
    Membership Dues - Before March 15th, chapters of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International have the opportunity to submit changes to their current chapter renewal fees. The board voted unanimously not to increase chapter dues.
  4. Governance: Bylaws need to reviewed and updated with the November 2009 changes. Roberta is recently joined the Bylaws Guidelines Committee, a sub-committee of the International Bylaws Task Force.
  5. Leadership Succession: Elections are in the spring. Open positions are president-elect, secretary, two leadership succession positions and three governance positions. Nominations may be emailed to Peg Ryan (, Sue Segreti (, or Rosemary Gates (
    • Research Advisory Group:
    1. Meeting attendance has improved with utilizing phone conferences.
    2. A phone conference took place with some area chapters on having a collaborative research event fall of 2011. Seven institutions are planned to attend the next meeting. Mike Allain and Liz Duxbury will be the lead representatives for Omicron Alpha for the event.
    3. The Wine & Cheese Fundraiser is planned for Friday, April 9, 2010. Information will be emailed to the membership.
    4. Omicron Alpha in collaboration with the College of Nursing will host a poster presentation April 22, 2010 at the Institute of Human Performance.
  6. Matters of the Heart: Women and  Cardiovascular Disease, April 16, 2010.
    Keynote - Lori Mosca, MD, MPH, PhD
    Please contact Melanie Kalman for more information (
  7. Region 11 Report:
    1. Dee Welk of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania is the Region 11 Coordinator. The regional meeting with the presidents takes place March 1st and 2nd.
    2. Priscilla Worral is on a regional committee focused to improve communication between area professional organizations.
  8. Syracuse Chapters Steering Committee: Marti Stoecker, Maria Lumbrazo, and Roberta Rolland  represent Omicron Alpha with collaborative efforts between Omicron Alpha, Omicron (Syracuse University Alumni), and LeMoyne College. LeMoyne College’s Nursing Honor Society is in position to apply for chapter status. Discussions are focused on collaborative options including consortium vs. at-large chapter formation.
  9. Leadership Training: Maria will look at the dates and options for leadership training.
  10. Community Involvement: Amaus Medical Services at the Cathedral Downtown Syracuse provides health care for the homeless and underinsured. Omicron Alpha has adopted Amaus to help with its endeavors.
    Omicron Alpha is involved in several respects.
    1. Sock Drive - Amaus distributes new socks to patients to promote good foot care. They host a foot care clinic as well.  You may notice collection boxes for new socks at the College of Nursing and throughout Upstate. Members are encouraged if possible to place a collection box for new socks at their facility. Please contact Maria Lumbrazo for further details (
    2. Call for Nurses – Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Active or Retired are needed to help with initial assessments, triage, history taking, and patient education. Nurse practitioners are needed as providers. Plans to organize nursing efforts at Amaus involve orienting a core group of nurses (about 6 RNs) to Amaus. New nurses will be channeled through the core group for orientation and scheduling. The pediatric core group will be oriented March 3rd. RNs are needed for the core group for the adult clinic. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Roberta Rolland (, Maria Lumbrazo (, or Kitty Leonard (
      Amaus Medical Services Clinic Hours:
      Adult Clinic – weekly – Wednesdays and Fridays – 10:30AM to 2:00PM
      Pediatric/Family Clinic – twice monthly – first Wednesday & third Thursday
      – 5:30PM to 7:30PM
    3. Fundraiser Support
      • Cazenovia College will host a benefit concert - March 12 at 7:30 p.m at the Immaculate Conception Church in Fayetteville. Among the nearly 20 solo performers are pianist Jerry Exline; vocalists Bruce Campbell and Sherrie Hale; and Dana DeGennarro, a local flutist who has played at Carnegie Hall; as well as other vocalists, instrumentalists and dancers. In addition, the Cazenovia High School Chamber Choir, the Cazenovia College Chorale and a jazz quartet will entertain. General admission is $10 at the door. Advance reservations may be made by e-mail to, with "Amaus Concert" in the subject line.  For further information about the concert, contact Sherrie Hale at 682-2598.
      • A monetary donation was briefly discussed. Bonnie plans to look into the budget and details on how to proceed.
  11. Communication: Roberta suggested setting up a communication committee conveying that good communication is a foundation for a successful organization. Some ideas were discussed:
    1. Facebook – This has become popular with other chapters. STTI Headquarters has Facebook as well. Please visit it when you have a chance. Two to three members may be needed to help set up and maintain Facebook. Please contact Roberta if you may be interested.
    2. Small Jobs List: Plan to create a small jobs list on the website. Many members would like to be involved however may not be able to commit to positions that require more time. A small jobs list will give members an opportunity to be involved at their preference.
    3. Other possible positions may include a publicity person to team up with the vice-president and a website person to team up with the secretary.
  12. Monthly Board Meetings Open to Membership – Plan to start regularly scheduled monthly meetings with exception of July and August.

Next meeting date will be April 6th, 5PM to 6PM in Room 302 at the College of Nursing.

Respectfully submitted,
Roberta Rolland
March 3, 2010

Joyce Griffin-Sobel, PhD, RN

Joyce Griffin-Sobel, PhD, RN
Dean, College of Nursing
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