On September 9th, 2015, the SCSRC held its Annual Business Meeting to give updates from the officers of the society and to also present the awards that are given annually. President Amanda Richter gave her report, in which she announced that South Carolina has won the AARC’s Summit Award for 2015. This award is given to state societies that demonstrate outstanding work and contributions by a state society of the AARC. The award will be officially given at the Annual Business Meeting of the AARC on Sunday, November 8th, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. Congratulations to all who helped make this happen!
The Treasurer’s report was given by Selma Watson; Bryan Leatherwood announced the elections results. Those are as follows: President Elect – Clay Hall; Secretary – Charlotte Reikofski; Delegate – Suzi Westmoreland; Midlands Region Junior Director – Amanda Clark; Coastal Region Junior Director – Wayne Barfield; Pee Dee Region Junior Director – Bonny Crowder; Piedmont Region Junior Director – Chad Bishop.
Mr. Leatherwood also presented the SCSRC Student Scholarships to the following students who are enrolled in a two-year RT program: Stephanie Elmore – Spartanburg Community College; Jacob Lawrence – Piedmont Technical College; Brittney Horton – Spartanburg Community College; Crystal Tinch – Piedmont Technical College. Each student winner was presented with a check for $400.
Mrs. Richter announced the creation of the Patricia K. “Trish” Blakely Memorial Scholarship Award that is named for Trish Blakely, who was a leader both in the SCSRC and the AARC. This scholarship was presented to Wayne Barfield, a student in the University of Cincinnati Respiratory Care Bachelor’s Degree program.
Charlotte Reikofski announced the winner of the Practitioner of the Year, who is Tom Parker, RRT, a therapist at MUSC. Mrs. Reikofski accepted the award on his behalf, since Mr. Parker could not be in attendance at the conference. Tidelands Hospital was chosen to receive the new for 2015 “Department of the Year” award; the “Region of the Year” award went to the Coastal Region. Mrs. Richter announced that Selma Watson was the recipient of this year’s “President’s Award”.
Mrs. Watson also presented Mrs. Richter with a gift on behalf of the SCSRC Executive Committee and Board of Directors in recognition of her leadership of the SCSRC during this year.