Calling for Nominations for the 2022 SCSRC Board of Directors

Respiratory Therapists around the globe stepped up over the last year and truly showed the world we are ready and qualified! More than ever, the future of Respiratory Care is primed for exciting opportunities. Now is the time for us to set the pace to define and shape the trajectory of our profession. If you or someone you know feels motivated to get involved in the SCRSC, NOW IS THE TIME! We are current accepting nominations for our elected Executive Board of Directors and we have several opportunities to serve on committees. I truly believe that there is a perfect person to meet each need of the SCSRC and our RC community. If you are interested in serving in any capacity, please contact Tracy L. Cook at [email protected] to express your interest.

The South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care is currently accepting nominations for the following 2022 Board of Directors positions: President-Elect, Secretary, Delegate, and Junior Regional Directors for each region All nominees must be a licensed practitioner within the state and in good standing as an active member of the AARC/SCSRC. Candidates must be willing to serve the entire term of office and to attend all necessary events and meetings pertaining to their office, including four board meetings each year. Other desired qualifications specific to the office are as follows:

President Elect – Prior board experience serving for two years on either the Executive Committee and/or Regional Director. This is a three-year term (3) that transitions into President, and Immediate Past President.

Secretary – Prior board experience serving for two years on either the Executive Committee, as a Regional Director or as an active Committee Chair. The Secretary should have good organizational and time management skills. The Secretary is responsible for maintaining all SCSRC permanent records, reports and minutes from all executive and board of directors meeting. The secretary is responsible for preparing the agenda and maintaining minutes and reports. This is a two (2) year term.

Delegate – Prior board experience serving for two years on either the Executive Committee or as a Regional Director. The Delegate serves the voting members of the SCSRC as specified by the AARC bylaws. Delegates shall serve as a voting member of the SCSRC Board of Directors. Delegates must commit to attend the SCSRC BOD meetings as well as AARC summer and House of Delegates meetings. SCSRC Delegates serves as an ambassador of the SCSRC and should be well versed in the SCSRC operations, Robert’s Rules of Order, professionalism, including professional communication, etiquette and ethics. The term of the office is 4-years with one delegate being elected every two years.

Regional Directors for the 4-regions (Coastal, Midlands, Pee Dee, and Piedmont) – Prior experience serving as an active committee chair or member is preferred. The term of office for a Director is two (2) years, serving year one as a junior director and year two as a senior director. To serve and meet the needs of our community, the state is divided into four regions. The junior regional director will assist the senior regional director in providing guidance and opportunities for educational and networking opportunities within their region. The senior director will mentor the junior director as assist the junior director in planning and sponsoring a one-day educational event in their region.

Please consider nominating a fellow therapist or maybe yourself today. Nomination and application forms can be found on the SCSRC website:

  SCSRC Board of Directors Nominations – Deadline for Nominations is May 25, 2021

  SCSRC Board of Directors Applications – Deadline for Applications is May 30, 2021

We look forward to working with you!

SCSRC Receives AARC Summit Award

AARC Summit AwardWe are excited and proud to announce that the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care (SCSRC) is the 2020 recipient for the AARC’s prestigious Summit Award. This honor reflects our state’s efforts and achievements in promoting professionalism and growth in the field of respiratory care. To be considered for this esteemed annual award, a state affiliate of the AARC must submit a nomination that outlines and provides supporting documentation showing their activities related to seven specific categories:

  • Educational activities
  • Membership and recruiting
  • Legislation/Advocacy
  • Promoting public awareness
  • Benefits to members
  • Collaboration with other health care organizations
  • Student activities

We thank everyone who supported, volunteered and advocated for the respiratory care professional and provided the opportunity to demonstrate our activities in the seven categories while supporting the SCSRC members, patients and students. The last few years have shown many challenges, from inclement weather to fighting a pandemic, yet we continue to shine and excel in our endeavors.

The SCSRC President, Dr. Jerry Alewine accepted the Summit award and shared his excitement and sentiments on the efforts behind receiving this distinction:

“On behalf of the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care and all respiratory therapists in South Carolina, I graciously accept the 2020 Summit Award. As is well appreciated, these past few months have been a very difficult time for healthcare, and in particular, the respiratory therapist. Through it all, we have continued as a profession, thrived as individuals, and will forever be recognized as vital in the fight against the devastation that is COVID-19.

To have been awarded the Summit Award, the diligence and commitment of our respiratory therapist has been recognized. They have endured a pandemic and remained consistent in their demand for exceptional care and the promotion of professionalism. This unique year that will be historically remembered as a time of great confusion, emotional turmoil, and unrelenting chaos that has allowed the profession of respiratory therapy to be spotlighted in a way as never before.

Having the pleasure of serving as president of the SCSRC, I am humbled and thankful for the dedication of the respiratory therapists in the state of South Carolina. Accepting this award, I do so solely as president but by no means the reason for this recognition. I accept on behalf of a state of dedicated professionals that work each day for the care of the patients we serve, promotion of the profession of respiratory therapy, and the commitment to excellence.

Again, thank you AARC and may each of you be blessed with a better day.”

Jerry A Alewine EdD, RRT
President of the SCSRC

Happy New Year!

AARC Join Renew Win

Call to Action! Join AARC Today!

As we make our resolutions to be better to ourselves … lets be better to our profession too!

The SCSRC wants you to be a part of SC’s Respiratory Care Leadership Team and invite you to become involved, starting at the local level. Then you may be inspired to follow in the footsteps of the late Trish Blakely, Jackki Grimball, and Brooke Yeager as part of the AARC’s Leadership Team.

Step 1: Join the AARC, the RT’s national professional organization, that is fighting to keep our jobs relevant and a vital part of the national healthcare discussion.

Most of you are already AARC members, but you can encourage your peers to join the AARC and participate in their local chapter of the SCSRC.

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