As I reflect on the accomplishments of our chapter over this past year, I was taken even farther back to when I became a chapter member around 2010 which was shortly after my move to Delaware. I was a member (dues paying only) from the time of my induction in 1996 as a graduate student in South Carolina until I joined Beta Xi. I was involved in many other activities while living in South Carolina and did not see a need to be actively involved in Sigma. All of that changed when I accompanied Donna Mower-Wade to a meeting.
This chapter is vibrant, supportive and welcoming. We continue to pursue excellence as is demonstrated by the 9th Key award that we received at this past Biennial Convention. Mentoring new nurses and nursing students is demonstrated through our Leadership Intern program and the Beta Xi Career Boot Camp which is held annually. Serving our community through outreach events has been a focus for many years but recently we have made a shift towards making a global impact through the development of the Beta Xi Global Service Initiative. Several members who have served globally were able to share their stories at the Membership Appreciation Event through a slide show. This shift is in line with the goals set at the international level during the last biennium related to meeting the health care needs on a global level.
It is with mixed emotions that I will be leaving after serving only one year of my two year commitment as chapter president. My upcoming marriage and move to South Carolina for a second time have necessitated this decision. I am thankful for the support of all of those on the board as well as the committee chairs who worked together to continue the pursuit of excellence that Beta Xi is known for. I wish the best of luck to the incoming president. Please make sure to vote in the special election. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to serve in various leadership roles over the past 8 years and have grown professionally as a result. I will miss you all and encourage you as a chapter to continue to pursue the commitment and passion that I have seen demonstrated.