It is very hard to believe how quickly two years have passed and that I am writing this last message to our constituency as I prepare to transition to Immediate Past President. It was certainly a very busy two-year term, which is probably why it went by in the blink of an eye. To briefly recount, we had numerous successful meetings and collaborative projects with our sister organizations. We had our share of misunderstandings and not so good moments, but have been able to work together to find common ground. We have renewed commitments with sister organizations who share the same passion and desire to move our profession forward and protect it.
Our committees and taskforces have and will continue to work hard towards the achievement of the revised 2018–2021 strategic goals assigned to each of them. We gave away scholarships, honored our award recipients for their efforts in representing our profession at the highest levels, and continue to work hard to increase our membership and to fulfill your needs as ASET owners. Our Annual Conferences have been very successful in attendance, speakers and content.
It certainly takes a collective effort to make a Society like ours viable, and I think it is only fair that special thanks also go out to all the volunteer members of our Board of Trustees, as well as all of those who are part of our many Committees and Task Forces. We cannot thank you enough for all your hard work and dedication.
While there is still much to do, the new members of our Board of Trustees are invigorated and motivated and anxious to work with the ongoing leadership of the members who remain on the board. I have had the privilege to work alongside an incredibly talented group of board members that I admire and can proudly call friends now. I would like to thank Cherie Young for many years of dedicated service as the Secretary/Treasurer for our organization. Going forward, it is clear to me that ASET will be in great hands under the leadership of President Connie Kubiak and the newly elected President-Elect and Secretary/Treasurer! There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that great work is yet to come with the incoming “power house” as your Executive Committee.
ASET plays a vital role in our Neurodiagnostic profession and I hope that this year each member will find a way to serve the organization that serves you. We will continue to monitor legislation that affects your ability to practice Neurodiagnostic technology. We will continue to provide affordable networking and continuing-education opportunities. We will continue to strengthen our relationship with our colleagues from all Neurodiagnostic related organizations: ABRET, ACNS, ASNM, AANEM, AAET and others.
I thank you all – the members of ASET – for allowing me to serve you as President over the last two years. It has been an honor, a joy and an experience that I will always cherish. I have met many new, interesting colleagues, made many new friends and enjoyed it to the fullest. Tears, laughter and everything in between were all part of my commitment to ASET and you.
I learned so much during my term as president, but amongst the many lessons there is one that stood out the most that I want to mention today. Each and every one of us has the ability to make a difference. Whether you are new to the field or someone that has been in the field for 30-40 years, we all bring something to the table. We should embrace each other’s contributions and not be afraid of opening up to new ideas and different point of views. We all want the best for our profession and our patients and as long as those intentions are the foundation of every action and decision we make, differences and arguments are suddenly better addressed and solved. If you are new to the field and ASET, please do not be intimidated by thinking that you are too new to contribute, because you are not. If you have been in the field for many, many moons, please embrace those who will take the baton once you retire. Let’s prepare our successors by encouraging them and promoting their new ideas that do not necessarily align with the conventional ones but could make a positive impact to our field.
I want to send a special thanks to all of our ASET office staff for making this and every year a successful one. We thank the staff that is no longer with us for their wonderful contributions to our Society and also want to welcome and thank those who have recently joined us for contributing their talents and skills to the success of our Society. We will only get better!
I invite you to join us in Kansas City for ASET’s 60th Anniversary celebration! There is so much planning and preparation for this event that you will not want to miss. Think about it…it is ASET’s 60th birthday!! You have to be part of history. Come join us for excellent presentations, and a special journey down the Neurodiagnostic Memory Lane Event. Find out how we started and how we got to where we are now. Discover the secret recipe for making paste and observe the technique for making your own electrodes “back in the day.” You will be entertained by an acoustical trio of The Dendrites while viewing videos from past ASET annual conference socials. This is just a snapshot of the many great things planned for this conference!
Now, I leave you with this… I joined ASET while attending neurodiagnostic school sometime between 1989- 1991. At that time, I became an ASET member because I BELIEVED IN ASET. Later, I decided to join ASET at a deeper level by becoming a committee and task force member, then became committee chair, and have participated in many other ASET activities in many different capacities. Why? BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN ASET. I became ASET president (not something I was planning on doing), but decided to come out of my comfort zone and accept the challenge. Why? BECAUSE I STILL BELIEVE IN ASET. DO YOU?
Every day I am inspired by one amazing technologist from somewhere in the world who is making a difference at a local, regional, state, national and global level. YOU inspire me every day!
Cheers to continued success!
By Susan Agostini, R. EEG/EP T., CLTM, FASET