Message from the President - October 2012
Hello to WAFDO Members Far and Wide:
Fresh off the great success of our recent joint WAFDO FDA Pacific Region conference it seems like a good time to check in and say hello to our members, peers, supporters and potential new members. We had a very successful joint conference in Pleasanton, California and I was honored to start my term as WAFDO President among such an esteemed gathering of food, drug and device officials. Both regulatory and industry was well represented and the topics at our conference as well as at the FDA gathering were informative, topical and relevant to the myriad of issues we deal with every day in our mutual quest to protect the public health. We were honored to present three scholarships from the J. Jos Campioni scholarship fund to deserving students studying in our field. The silent action this year was a barn burner and a record $2,931.00 was raised to continue contributions to the scholarship fund. Special congratulations to Benson Yee on being honored as this year’s Wiemann Award recipient. So deserving! We’re looking forward to the 2013 conference that Past President Dawn Smith has already begun work on.
David O’Guinn, our WAFDO Webmaster, will be working diligently again to post news of the conferences, as well as other timely info bites that we can use to share the goals and missions of WAFDO and our profession as a whole. He has already solicited information from the 2012 Pleasanton conference so that he can post it and you can view the highlights if you were unable to attend in person. As Past President Dawn Smith said last year in her address, “We welcome and encourage you to contact our Webmaster so we can share important information, items of interests, or other concerns or events with our WAFDO community. We also enter submitters into a drawing for a gift certificate for an added bonus as contributors.” So keep those posts to David coming!
I am so fortunate to be surrounded by such capable WAFDO Board members, officers and volunteers. Past president Dawn Smith, New Vice President Lorinda Lhotka, Treasurer Susan Parachini and Secretary Benson Yee as well as the whole WAFDO Board and the many WAFDO volunteers. This is indeed a stellar group and it was wonderful to see this well oiled machine in action at the recent conference. I look forward to the year ahead and the opportunity to work with this group as well as all of you. WAFDO is your organization. Get involved, participate on committees as you can and support the mission of this great organization while taking advantage of its many benefits and resources. Please feel free to contact me with suggestions on how to improve WAFDO during my term, or just to say hello!
Thank you –
Cindy L. Ulch