Commitee Spotlight - Membership Services Steering Committee
Sally Valentine, PhD, FAACS, LCSW, CST, CSTS - Vice President of Membership, gives us an in depth look at the Membership Services Steering Committee.
1. Since you have taken over as VP of Membership, can you tell us what the Membership Services Steering Committee has been up to?
The first step has been to connect with the Regional Representatives (Reps) and establish Section Heads for the various areas of each region and connect with all of the Special Interest Groups, (SIG). One of the emphasis has been on building community via Meet & Greets (M&G). Attempting to organize all of the M&Gs being offered or want to be offered throughout the country has been a focus and as well as helping those who are offering them assistance in filling out the application for AASECT CE credits.
2. Who are the Regional Reps and what are their responsibilities?
The Regional Reps and their regions (states) are listed below:
Dan Alonzo, PsyD, CST, CSTS - Western; MT, CO, WY, AZ, UT, NV, ID, NM, AK, WA, OR, CA, HI
George Turner, PhD., LSCSW, LCSW, CST - Mid-continent; OH, KY, TN, AL, MS, LA, AR, MO, IN, IL, MI, WI, MN, IA, ND, SD, NE, KS, OK, TX
Jane M. Fleishman, MS, MEd - Eastern; ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI, NY, PA, MD, WV, VA, DE, DC, NJ, NC, SC, GA, FL
D. Narayana Reddy, MD, PhD, DST, CSTS, International; All other countries and US territories
The responsibilities of the Regional Reps is to build AASECT Membership by recruiting new members, serving and retaining old members, building community, and representing the needs of the Membership to the Board of Directors.
3. What is an AASECT Meet and Greet Event and what does someone need to do to host one?
Meet and Greets (M&G) provide opportunities for AASECT members to meet and get to know each other throughout the year. They are opportunities to network and to increase awareness of and excitement around AASECT. They are also opportunities for potential members to learn about AASECT and receive mentorship or guidance regarding certification and becoming involved in the organization. If anyone wants to host a M&G, they will want to contact their Regional Rep who will help guide them with the process. Simply let them know where you live and what you have in mind. Some areas in the regions are very active with ongoing monthly or quarterly M&Gs. Below are the guidelines for anyone who is interested in offering one:
Criteria for Meet & Greets by AASECT Regional Membership Committees
Meet and Greets provide opportunities for AASECT members to meet and get to know each other throughout the year. They are opportunities to network and to increase awareness of and excitement around AASECT. They are also opportunities for potential members to learn about AASECT and receive mentorship or guidance regarding certification and becoming involved in the organization. We are excited to make the Meet and Greets a vital part of AASECT socialization and education.
The Regional Representatives are responsible for presenting Meet and Greet plans and ideas to the Vice President of Membership for approval. Regional representatives are asked to organize at least one Meet and Greet event quarterly for AASECT members. Committee members in different areas of the region are encouraged to have quarterly Meet and Greets, also.
There are two types of Meet and Greets: Social, and Educational. They can be primarily social in nature, i.e., lunchtime event, happy hour, or, primarily educational, i.e. a discussion topic or speaker. Meet and Greets that are purely social in nature are welcome and encouraged, but are NOT elligible for AASECT CE credit approval. Only Meet and Greets that are educative and meet the AASECT CE criteria are elligibe for CE credit approval. Meet and Greets offering AASECT CE credits should be at least one hour long and can include members and potential members.
The following are the guidelines for Meet and Greets that provide CEs:
- If the Membership Services Steering Committee wishes to hold an event and provide AASECT Approved CE Credit, the responsible party must submit the event for approval first to the Vice President of Membership and then the VP will pass it along to the AASECT Office who will process it and send to the CE Approval Committee, following all the proper procedures as any other AASECT approved CE event being submitted. AASECT - sponsored events must adhere to the rules of the CE Approval Committee and all events must be submitted 60 days in advance in order for AASECT CE Credits to be issued.
- No fees will be charged as this is considered an AASECT - sponsored event.
- Any number of AASECT-sponsored events offering CE credits may be presented in a region annually. Any number of social events (no CE Credits) may be offered in a region annually. The Regional Representative on the Membership Service Committee is responsible for knowing about events in their region.
- Events should not be considered moneymakers and there should be no charge for attendance, but oluntary donations to AASECT are allowed. If the region sponsoring an event wishes to accept donations from those attending the event, this may be done with checks made payable to AASECT and donations noted. It should be made clear that participants are not paying for the CE event but, rather, are supporting the organization. Donations should be sent to AASECT immediately following the event. AASECT acknowledges donations, with a receipt for tax purposes, in the amount of $100 or more. All donations are to go to the AASECT general fund.
- Speakers should not be paid for presenting at Meet and Greet events.
- AASECT is required to keep documentation on CE events it sponsors. Meet and Greet organizers must forward the required documentation to AASECT Office, which maintains these records.
4. How can members get more involved in the Membership Committee?
They can contact me or their Regional Representative and let them know they want to be more involved. Attending or hosting a M&G is a great place to start! When they contact us, we can put them in touch with someone local. Another way to get involved with the membership committee is to join one of the SIGs. The SIG chairs are:
Medical Sexology - Larry Siegel
Alternative Sex - Lori Michels
Sexuality and Disability - Mary Jo Podjurski
Tantra - Sally Valentine
People of Color - Mariotta Gary-Smith
Trans - Eion Cashman
Sexuality and Aging - Melanie Davis
The SIG groups meet once a year at the annual conference and many have email groups/facebook/yahoo or google groups and stay connected throughout the year. We are fortunate that this year at the annual conference each of the groups are participating in a RoundTable workshop where we can all learn more in depth of what each group is about.
5. Is there anything else you would like people to know?
If anyone who is hosting a M&G needs help in filling out the AASECT Single Event Application which is necessary to offer a AASECT 1 CE for the M&G, they can contact their Regional Rep or me and we will be happy to help them fill it out. It may look intimidating at first, but, once you get started, they all make sense. Also, at the upcoming AASECT Annual Conference in Puerto Rico, we are offering a workshop on how to fill out the AASECT Single Event Application, as well, as filling out an application for providership. More information on AASECT continuing education can be found on our website.
Sally Valentine, PhD, FAACS, LCSW, CST, CSTS - Vice President of Membership