Dear Federation of Burn Foundation Members,
I hope this finds you all well and having a joyful, safe New Year. I want to take this opportunity to give you an update on the discussion that took place at our meeting in Boston this spring as well as the exciting discussions that have occurred since to reorganize and reenergize the foundation.
As I mentioned in my correspondence prior to the spring meeting, this past year has been a pivotal year for the FBF due to many changes in specific foundation leadership positions which has depleted our leadership ranks and participation. In addition, some foundations have succumbed to the economic challenges of the past few years and are no longer operating. When we were together in Boston, I facilitated an open discussion to review the purpose, interest, and commitment to the Federation. The ensuing discussion affirmed that indeed there is a need for this organization to support burn foundations in a manner that the ABA Prevention Committee is not chartered to do. The general feeling was the Federation had become somewhat diluted in its effort to accomplish too broad a mission which often overlapped with the Prevention Committee. The consensus was the need to return to the core mission to enhance the capabilities of members by promoting and assisting in the development of best practices for burn foundations.
To this end, we formed a Reorganization Team with individuals who are interested in becoming more involved with the FBF and can inject new energy and initiative into the FBF mission. The team consists of me, Dennis Gardin, Tom Flamm, Jim Doucette, Jessica Banks, Mike Merucci, Jennifer Radics, Judy Okulitch, and Susan Day. We have had a series of conference calls to discuss the direction and operation of the Federation with the intent of presenting a formal proposal to the membership at next year’s ABA meeting in Chicago.
To accomplish this task, the Reorganization Committee decided that we needed to suspend the current bylaws until the next meeting. A motion to accomplish this will be sent to all members who were paid members in 2012 for approval to continue to be a functional organization. This will be sent under separate cover.
I truly believe that this organization holds a unique and viable place in the burn community and I look forward to working with you all to continue to evolve the Federation of Burn Foundations. If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Tom Flamm.
Paul Schwartzman, Chair