Yesterday, my physician spouse posted his picture on Facebook while receiving the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Throughout my Facebook thread, one physician friend after another shared similar photos. This was the first concrete symbol of advance upon the Coronavirus that I've seen in 300 days. And, I'm so grateful.
March brought us insecurity and fear of the unknown. September brought upheaval and climactic change. Yet, the Alliance and its members never flagged in the face of adversity.
The SCMAA navigated through the 2020 challenge with guidance from the board, the help of devoted volunteers and the commitment of you, our membership. We have accomplished a great deal in the 10 months since the pandemic shut down the country. We taught ourselves how to work together while apart and made a recognizable impact on: students studying healthcare, foster children and youth, support for remote learning, and food insecurity.
Take a moment to appreciate what you've done to make a difference in 2020:
The Health Careers Scholarship Committee raised over $37,000 and distributed $31,000 in scholarships to 12 students pursuing education in a medically-related field
Give-a-Gift raised a similar amount donating over 800 gifts to 210 Foster Children, plus an additional 18 bicycles
Donated by the SCMAAF and its members to the Sonoma County Boys and Girls Club to purchase necessary materials for remote learning, including instant-read thermometers and private desk kiosk barriers to reduce distraction
Four Food & Supply Donation Drives
You donated directly to VOICES via SCMAA volunteers who collected the goods. Every drive included shelf-stable food and important necessary items such as hats, gloves, umbrellas, diapers and toddler clothing.
We accomplished all this in a year when we never met face-to-face...in a year when we had no major fundraiser...in a year when our existence was in question.
Just as our mission states: We are physician families and we connected this year to improve the lives of those in need.
It may yet be awhile before we can socially interact as we did before. But, when the chips were down, every member of the SCMAA lived up to, and exceeded, the spirit of our mission statement.
On behalf of the entire SCMAAF Board, I would like to thank you. We wish you HOPE for the holiday season and the New Year.
Patty Lyn Tweten
VP Marketing & Membership