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President's Message

This year AMT had their convention in Washington, D.C. I had never visited our capital and was anxious to explore as much as possible.

I arrived a couple of days before the convention and it was so hot and humid, I thought about turning back to the Pacific Northwest. Why do we have to have the convention in such heat? Oh well, I made peace with heat and arrived at the hotel…minus one bag. My friend who flew into DC from Denver arrived without her suitcase. But it was only for a night, the bag showed up the next morning.

We took off on a downtown tour of the monuments and capital building. My friend got lost (later found) but the tour had to go on without us. We were at the Capitol Building which was just down the street from our hotel, so we walked back and had a nice cool cocktail! We decided to go to the Wharf for dinner since we couldn’t get reservations for the 4th of July. The Wharf is a new area, about a year old. It has a lot of restaurants and shops along the marina. We had a great dinner and just walked around.

On Sunday I had signed up for the Peripheral Smear in the evening. It was a great class.  The instructor had us in stitches! Never knew peripheral smears could be so entertaining-excellent session.

The Opening Ceremonies was different in that a Fife and Drum group was playing as we entered the room and the color guard never looked better (and also very tall). The Keynote Speaker was energetic and had us dancing first thing Monday morning. The rest of my sessions were good to great.

There was also an excellent speaker at the Armed Services Committee, Command Sergeant Major of the Army-Christopher Gilpin. He told the group what to expect in the next couple of years. He was a very interesting speaker and he has a written a book that I am now reading, “The Valley of the Shadow: My Journey from Boyhood to the Soldier That I Became”. It seems I always come away from the convention with a new book to read.

There were 3 resolutions that had to be discussed and voted on, 2 were sent to the board to discuss and 1 was defeated. As for the seats for the board, a lot of people were campaigning for only a few seats. After a few counts we finally voted for Marty Hinkel, Harry Narine and Fran Oran to become board members. The new board didn’t bring any surprises this year.  Our new Board:  Jeannie Hobson, RMA-President; Chris Seay, MT-Vice President; Deborah Westervelt, RMA-Secretary; Ken Hawker, MT-Treasurer

I had a good time at the convention, being held in a city I had never explored.  Even though the convention had great speakers and the hotel staff were great I was impressed more with Arlington Cemetery. My friend and I explored this national cemetery for most of the day on Friday. I had read the book “On Hallowed Ground” (about Arlington Cemetery) a few years back but I started rereading it the week before the convention. Reading about it and then being able to visit most of the highlights of this icon was amazing to say the least. I hope to go back to DC and explore what I wasn’t able to see this trip.

Washington DC was great with all the history, but I was never so glad to get back to the Pacific Northwest where it was cool with no humidity!

Submitted by

Roxanne L. Erskine, MT(AMT)

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