As we approach the end of 2016 and the end of our 14th year, I want to thank you for your continued commitment to NCAH!
Your support over the past 14 years has allowed us to grow, succeed, and now take the exciting step to become our own 501(c)(3) organization. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help make sure this transition is a smooth one and am truly looking forward to continuing to achieve our goals together in 2017 and for years to come.
I hope you will join us on Monday, December 5, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the American Heart Association for our final membership meeting of 2016. Also, to ensure that you are updated on the latest NCAH information, please be on the lookout for an email regarding changes to our listserv over the next few days.
Thank you again for your support of NCAH. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
On January 11, the NC General Assembly will begin session and NCAH will seek $1 million in recurring funds to support the initiative. With your support we can help to ensure all North Carolinians have access to healthy, affordable foods.
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, thousands of our neighbors are without food, water and basic supplies. The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is poised to deliver life sustaining food, water, and non-food essentials to the thousands affected. You can support the Food Bank’s efforts by making a donation today. For every dollar donated, the Food Bank can provide five meals. Please help the Food Bank serve those who have been seriously impacted by this storm.
On Monday, October 3, the membership voted to empower the Executive Committee to take the steps to create the North Carolina Alliance for Health as a 501(c)(3) organization. At the Executive Committee Strategic Planning Meeting on October 4 and 5, the Executive Committee created a plan for moving forward.
A temporary Board of Directors has been selected from the current Executive Committee to govern this process. If you would like to serve on the Board or would like to nominate someone to serve, please let me know.
Articles of Incorporation will be filed with the Secretary of State in the coming days and a request will be made to the Internal Revenue Service for non-profit status shortly thereafter. We anticipate that NCAH will have completed this process by December 31, 2016.
As discussed at the membership meeting there are many benefits of making this change, including:
autonomy of the coalition;
increased opportunities to apply for grant funding;
increased ability conduct more successful fundraising campaigns; and
ability to hire employees who are focused solely on the success of the coalition.
The membership will have the opportunity to provide comment on the bylaws prior to the December 5 membership meeting. This meeting will take place from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the American Heart Association. We will also discuss NCAH’s new membership application and meeting schedule at this meeting.
I am excited to help guide NCAH through this process and am committed to ensuring the process is as smooth as possible.
Announcing Proposed 2017-2018
Executive Committee Members
It is that time! On Monday, October 3, the membership will vote on the 2017-2018 NCAH Executive Committee. Please note that this meeting will take place at the offices of Youth Empowered Solutions, located at 4021 Carya Drive, Raleigh.
We are grateful for those members who are new to the Executive Committee and for those members who are stepping into new roles.
We also would like to acknowledge two members who will be leaving the Executive Committee. Betsy Vetter and Peg O’Connell have served on the Executive Committee for many years. We value their leadership and insight and look forward to continuing to work with them in new capacities.
The members nominated for the 2017-2018 Executive Committee are:
Chair Christine Weason – American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
Vice Chair Bill Smith – Robeson County Health Department
Treasurer Elizabeth Hudgins – NC Pediatric Society
Secretary Mary Beth Powell – Independent Public Health Consultant
Obesity Prevention Committee Co-Chairs Roxanne Elliott – FirstHealth of the Carolinas Katie Spears Warner – Youth Empowered Solutions
Tobacco Use Prevention Committee Chair Sarah Jacobson – American Heart Association
At Large Members Matt Gross – The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. June Deen – American Lung Association in North Carolina Priscilla Guild – NC Citizens for Public Health