A Welcome from the President of TnAMFT

Dear TAMFT Members:

I am sure you have all heard that Richard Gillespie had to resign as President of TAMFT due to personal family issues.  It was very sad for everyone, including him.  We all completely support Richard and wish the best for he and his family.  He will be very much missed and has accomplished so much in his time as President-Elect and President, not to mention Legislative Chair.  Thank you Richard for all your hard work.

I became President as of March 1, 2012 but we still needed a President-Elect.  You should have all received a ballot by email to elect a new President-Elect and I hope everyone took the time to vote.  Since I have moved into the position of President, we have had so much going on.  Operating without a President-Elect nor a Past President, has been a challenge.  I wish to sincerely thank Linda Oxford who has gone above and beyond for TAMFT.  She has offered and given ongoing support and knowledge for me and for our Board.  Thank you, Linda.

The TAMFT Annual Conference for 2012 was a great success.  Thank you to everyone who attended and to the members who volunteered to help everything go as smoothly as it did.  A special thanks to Brad Bull who stepped up to Chair the conference at the last minute.  Our speaker, Robert Weiss, who spoke on Sexual Addiction, was well received.  I would like to thank the Ranch who made his presentation possible.

The next order of business was attending the AAMFT Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.  Again, thanks to Linda Oxford who stepped in and went with me to the Conference to represent the TN Division.  At the conference we covered a lot of ground.  We visited our elected officials on Capitol Hill, we discussed and learned strategy to promote our new membership categories and discussed using the new technology available today.  The new categories were listed in the November, 2011 TAMFT Newsletter and are available on the website.  We also discussed the new revision of the AAMFT Code of Ethics.

TAMFT will also have another election this year to fill several positions which will come open on the Board.  Please watch for that and be sure to vote.  Your votes are very important for the TN Division, the Board and the membership.

We wish Richard the best and he has agreed to continue some involvement with TAMFT.  His leadership will be missed on the Board and with members.

I would also like to formally welcome our new Management Company - XMI and especially thank Sharon Barkmeier for such a wonderful job with our 2012 Annual Conference and this transition that we have faced.  She has done a magnificent job which we truly appreciate.

-Linda A. Hazel, Ph.D., LMFT, CAS, EMDR-2, CSAT

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