September 12, 2017
Dear SCAMFT Members,
As you may have already heard, the bylaws revision passed this summer after voting by AAMFT members across the nation. This change is something that we anticipated would be happening and for which we have been preparing. I am happy to say that your SCAMFT board has been working diligently with AAMFT, in hopes of creating a new group for SC MFTs that will bring the best of our old division together with some innovation. The SCAMFT board is currently working on our application for a South Carolina Special Interest Network. This Network will work to create an annual conference, regular networking events, a mentorship program, and some additional attention to legislative issues. We are pleased to know that this group will have access to the funds SCAMFT has saved through our years to help us get started. Membership in this organization will be entirely voluntary. When you sign up to renew your AAMFT membership, you will have the opportunity to join the SC/Palmetto State Special Interest Network – and any others that meet your needs as a professional. This flexibility allows you to be a member of many groups or just a few. It will also allow people who have a connection to SC, but who may not live here the opportunity to stay involved.
The leadership team for the group at this time is self-selected – meaning that passionate people have agreed to take on the hard task of getting this new group off the ground. In the future, leadership in these groups will be selected by election. Although the leaders of this group have been determined we would love to get names of additional people who want to be involved in the creation and management of this new group.
We are happy to announce that the following members will be leading us on the next stage of our journey:
- Danielle Allen, Chair
- Elizabeth Ogorek, Chair-Elect
- Julie Dillon, Treasurer
- Elizabeth Martin, Secretary
- Allen Lollis, Legislative Committee Chair
One of the biggest changes we face in SC is that we will no longer employ an Executive Director. We have had a longstanding relationship with Queen Communications and Marie Queen. Losing Marie is one of the saddest parts of this change for us. We know that Marie has lightened the burdens of many of our leaders throughout her 20+ years of service. She will remain a dear friend to all of us who have known and worked with her. I encourage you to reach out to her and share your gratitude for her years of service.
When we have more of the details of the group and anticipated timeline in order, we will present it to you, our members, for your review. We would like to get your feedback and also have you help us select the official name of the Special Interest Network. A poll will be available on our current website, http://www.scamft.org. Please feel free to contact Kellie Buckner, current President, if you have any questions, concerns, or thoughts.
SCAMFT Board of Directors