I would like to thank the members of the North Texas APPNA chapter for giving me the opportunity to lead this wonderful chapter. When you read this message, we will have achieved our first goal of creating a web page for our chapter. I am sure this web page will help us tremendously in streamlining our chapter’s activities, memberships, and social events. We are currently working to link our website to the chapter’s bank account. I am very positive that this goal will be achieved in the next few weeks. After the chapter’s web page is linked to the bank account, all members will be able to conveniently pay their membership fees and buy tickets of our social events in a safe and secured manner.
Our next goal is to register our chapter as a 501c3 entity. By obtaining 501 c3 status all contributions and donations to the chapter would be tax deductible. We have already started the work, and I am very optimistic that in the next few weeks we will have achieved this goal as well.
Our membership drive will begin in the next few months. I firmly believe that we can exponentially increase our membership to around three hundred marks at the end of this year. I will need help from our members to achieve this goal.
We are currently in the planning phase of our annual general body meeting along with many other fun activities. At this point we can ensure that the meeting will be held sometime in fall of 2021. Currently, we are looking through different location options.
As Americans are getting the COVID-19 vaccine at a rapid rate, I am very hopeful that our next social gathering in September would be without any fear of transmitting or catching the COVID-19 infection. I completely believe that humankind has suffered enough, and in the next few months, we will be transitioning towards normalcy.
My vision for this chapter is complete openness, financial transparency, and fully abiding by chapter bylaws. Nobody, including executive committee members, would be above the bylaws. I ask all members to let us know immediately if anybody feels that we are not following the bylaws. In that case, I promise that we will listen and correct ourselves. In addition, I will welcome any suggestion towards improvement and betterment of chapter.
Finally, I am very thankful to my executive committee members, Dr. Salman Haroon and Dr. Mohammad Ashfaq, for working hard with me to achieve our goals.
I would also like to thank our previous executive committee members, especially our previous President, Dr. Muhammad Asim, for his honest and vibrant leadership. I would like to especially mention and thank Dr. Dawood Nasir for his contributions, sacrifices, and leadership for this chapter.
May God keep all of us and our families safe in the ongoing months and years.
Furqan Moin, MD