Membership Meeting

Calling all Members!!!  Don't miss the General Membership Meeting!

The Phi Pi Chapter is holding their General Membership Meeting online through The Circle.  This allows all members, regardless of where they live, to participate at a time that is convenient for them.  To participate, members simply log on to The Circle with their e-mail and member number.  They may view the discussion threads and post as much or as little as they would like.

The title of our General Membership Meeting this year will be aligned with President Tigges of Sigma International Call to Action.

Title:  "Connect, Collaborate, and Catalyze"
Dates:  October 27- November 2, 2018


Board and Committee Reports:

Phi Pi President  
Dr. LeAnne Prenovost
DNP, MBA, CNE, RN




Phi Pi Secretary
Allen Perez
MSN, Ed, RN


Thoughts on the previous year and plans moving forward: 
As the largest chapter of Sigma, Phi Pi has a responsibility to the chapter membership, Sigma, and the communities we serve to be a positive influence in the lives of the extraordinary nurses who are Phi Pi. Under the leadership of LeAnne Prenovost, Phi Pi President, your Chapter Leaders have spent significant time in developing continuing education experiences, providing opportunities to serving within the communities you live and work, and bringing you benefit of membership. Phi Pi continues to support the nurses who are Phi Pi with scholarships, research grants, and stipends to present research at conferences around the world. Phi Pi over the last year has continued our support of nursing students in Haiti and began a new service project that brings joy to children in hospital by stuffing and delivering handcrafted stuffed animals to children’s hospitals for distribution. As your chapter secretary for the past two years, I worked with the Board  of Directors and Sigma to incorporate the chapter as a legal not-for-profit entity in Illinois and ensured we remained a corporation in good standing annually. Extensive meeting minutes were taken during the many board and chapter meetings throughout the two years and they are available for review in the chapter archive. Working closely with the new Chapter Administrator, a chapter archive was established and the available historical documents are now secure. It has been an honor serving with this board as a chapter leader and I look forward to serving the next two years as your treasurer.

Questions you have for members regarding your position and the direction you would like to see taken with chapter initiatives:
What additional support can the chapter provide you on your professional journey?


Phi Pi Treasurer
Linda Fly
PhD, MSN, MPA, RN, CNE

Thoughts on the previous year and plans moving forward: 
Taxes for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year have been filed.  Directors and officers insurance has been purchased.  Treasurer and Admin meet once a week and have worked together to implement Quickbooks online for financial bookkeeping.  All receipts are scanned and uploaded into Quickbooks for reference and reports.  DocuSign started for signatures on check requisitions so president can give the first approval and then the treasurer.  For a full report, go to our financial page

Questions you have for members regarding your position and the direction you would like to see taken with chapter initiatives:
Recommendations for next year:  Conduct an external audit of financial books.  Secure a fiduciary for Phi Pi and develop/commence an investment strategy.



Phi Pi Past President
Linda Hunt
PhD, RN 


Thoughts on the previous year and plans moving forward: 
This has been a very active and exciting direction for the chapter under the leadership of our current board.  The three most significant changes have been: 1) change to virtual induction, 2) impact of the executive director on social media websites and membership retention, and 3) progress of accomplishments towards obtaining the first key award.

Questions you have for members regarding your position and the direction you would like to see taken with chapter initiatives:
Where should the board focus to help current members?  Leadership?  Scholarly activities? 



Phi Pi Founding President and Research Grant Committee Chair
Ellen L. Poole
PhD, CPAN, CNE, FASPAN, RN 

Thoughts on the previous year and plans moving forward: 
In the past year we have reviewed one research grant proposal which was awarded with grant monies.New committee members have been oriented to the review process and are eager for more to process. Of our 4 previous grant recipients, all have completed their projects and disseminated results in various venues. As condition of receiving grant funds, recipients agree to disseminate results back to Sigma, preferably Phi Pi.Dr. Robyn Rice and colleagues and Dr. LeAnne Prenovost have completed this obligation. We hope to schedule Phi Pi dissemination webinars by Dr. Marlene Steinheiser and Drs. Ellen Poole and Marty Spies. Our next Grant deadline is December 2018.

Questions you have for members regarding your position and the direction you would like to see taken with chapter initiatives:
Our grant cycle is currently two times a year, May and December with a low submission rate. It is unclear as to why few people request funding for research and EBP change projects. Grants can support school projects or projects or practice endeavors.  What suggestions do you have to improve usage of grant funding?


Phi Pi Leadership Succession Committee Chair
Joy Whitlatch
EED, MSN, RN 

Thoughts on the previous year and plans moving forward: 
2018 was a busy year for the committee. We started election planning early and had a great response with numerous candidates for all open positions. We had a diverse group of candidates from across the United States and a mix of students and faculty.  We had weekly announcements to members regarding nominations and also help multiple informational webinars in various time zones.  We had a few issues with website and consents but our Admin Maria was able to find a new process for us to use and the voting days and final tabulation was flawless. We were able to notify all the candidates of the outcomes.

Questions you have for members regarding your position and the direction you would like to see taken with chapter initiatives:
My question to members is: what could we have done differently? Did you hear of the election process?  Did you have difficulty in finding information or attending webinars?  With our new committee members, we would like to develop a better way to reach out to membership to give informative information and answer any questions you may have. What is the best way to reach you the member

 

Phi Pi Membership Engagement Committee Chair
Tammy Zybell
DNP, MBA, RN

Thoughts on the previous year and plans moving forward: 
The Involvement Committee has established itself and has broken down into three separate groups focusing on retaining members. We have established three subcommittees within the main committee: Chapter Orientation, Continuing Education, and Communication committee. Each committee focuses on the specific area identified by members as an area of interest to maintain membership enrollment. The Involvement Committee will continue to focus on implementing practices that will encourage members to re-enroll and increase engagement.
  • orientation created-will provide to new members, induction, re-enrolled members
  • *CEU-working collaboratively with Nurse Tim and identifying SIGMA CEU opportunities and communicating out to members.
  • *Membership drive to complete profile on PhiPi/Sigma website.
  • *Send card to new members at induction
  • *Send card identifying accomplishments in scholarship, nursing.

Questions you have for members regarding your position and the direction you would like to see taken with chapter initiatives:
 



Phi Pi Chapter Administrator
Maria Kelnhofer
 
Thoughts on the previous year and plans moving forward: 
I am very thankful and blessed to have been hired as your Phi Pi Chapter Administrator this year.  With a degree in Education and Communication, and experience in administration and design, my goals are to bring value and cohesiveness to Phi Pi members and to the talented board running this chapter. 

Questions you have for members regarding your position and the direction you would like to see taken with chapter initiatives:
Going forward, we are planning to continue all we have done this year, and to add more continuing education and membership engagement opportunities, begin a mentoring program establishing relationships and growth for both new and experienced nurses, and to bring our chapter to the excellence required to earn the Sigma Key Award recognizing exemplary chapters.  But we truly want to go in the direction most needed for our members.  So my question to you is how can Phi Pi help you?  Personally and professionally?