I want to thank all of the members of the AAFCP, for their trust in me as I embark on this journey as the 31st President. I offer special thanks to Karen and the Board for their wisdom, work, and mentoring. Finally, I recognize that my greatest blessings are my wife Beverly and our daughter Becky and I thank them for all of their love and support.
The history of this organization is one that has been filled with high ideals and a commitment to science, service, and excellence. By my words and actions, I hope to honor our previous leaders, continue what has been successful in our past,and l look forward to the changes that will be needed to meet the challenges of the future. This is what I can promise to you for the next 2 years:
- I will listen to our professionals who are working in the fields as well as the leaders of our organization
- I will lead with courage and hope
- I will help others to achieve excellence in their medical knowledge and service to others
With your help, I plan to focus on:
- Continuing Education
- Improved use of technology for professional education and patient care
- Outreach to and collaboration with other like-minded organizations
- And finally, membership growth and participation with special emphasis on our young members and our international community.
Now we live and practice our vocations as Fertility Care Professionals in a very difficult time. I believe that the struggles that we all experience are actually a great sign that we are on the right track! There are people and forces in the world that are committed to seeing us fail. But our hope is in the Lord and we will not fail.
We live in a time of great hope. This is why I think we should be hopeful in our work:
- We have one of the best jobs in the world! How many people are given the opportunity to talk about the wonders of what God has created and show the connections between fertility and health and science and medicine, and help with the miraculous process of human conception?
- We have patients that are hungry for the truth, and in particular in the area of their human sexuality. As a family doctor, I see many patients who have experienced the emotional, spiritual, and physical pain that an unhealthy view of their sexuality and fertility has brought; but I can also see in their eyes the desire and hope for something better…and that something better is the care that you and I have been trained to provide as Fertility Care Professionals
- We should have hope because we are not alone- look at all of the remarkable people that you have met this week, your colleagues at home, the grateful couples that you have helped, the teachers and supervisors that have gotten you to where you are today!
- In the AAFCP, we have an organization that is growing and exciting and alive and well
- We should have hope because we have the knowledge and tools to share with other health care professionals in a way that can make them better providers of health care even when they can’t understand everything that we do
- Finally, there is great peace and professional satisfaction that comes when you are treating a patient and you know that what you are doing is based on the very best in science and service and you have been faithful to your God.
I look forward to working with you these next 2 years.