Back To School

In: President's Post

4 Aug 2013

Happy August and back-to-school month!

shelliIt’s always a little bittersweet when we reach this point of the summer. I’m excited for a new school year to begin, but sad to see the fun sunny summer days end. I hope each of you is ready for the “new year.”

Speaking of a new year, July is AAMOM’s important board business meeting as we plan our fiscal year. It isn’t always the most exciting meeting, but this year I think it went amazingly well. Membership is down right now, which means reaching our projected budget is a little tougher. We’ve also seen a decline in those participating in fundraisers. I wish I could say we were able to figure out a way to avoid any fundraisers, but no matter what we cut, there will still be a need to raise some money this coming year. I am proud to report we were able to cut more than 10 percent from the current budget, which is actually equivalent to one of our smaller fundraisers!

Some of you may wonder where your money goes. Ten dollars of your annual dues go to Nationals. This membership allows our club be a part of the non-profit status and allows us the opportunity to take part in research and other programs that are only offered at the National level. You also receive a quarterly newsletter. A second smaller portion of your dues goes to the state organization. AAMOM is a proud founding member club of TMOM. With the state membership, you also get a quarterly newsletter and the opportunity to participate in statewide activities, including the state convention held annually. The remaining portion, which is about $12, stays with the local club. We use this money to fund our scrapbook, PO Box, parties, and other various projects.  There were some additional areas the board could have chosen to cut, such as our donations, but we believe it is important that we have reserve money to donate to such causes as Time to Share, Ronald McDonald House, NWTH Neo Natal, families in need, Bette Ade Scholarship fund and numerous other organization that we have helped over the years. After you review the proposed budget, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of your board members. Just like any other part of our organization, we want to you to be informed and feel like you have a part in all aspects of the club.

Please plan to attend the August meeting. We will discuss the proposed budget and why we chose to tighten our belt. We also need you there to vote on the budget.

Twincerely,

Shelli Jones
AAMOM President

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