The first session of the House of Delegates (HOD) will convene at 8 a.m. Sunday, October 13, 2013. ASA President John M. Zerwas, M.D. and President-Elect Jane C.K. Fitch, M.D. will present their remarks at this session. This opening session will also include the presentation of awards, an ASA Political Action Committee update, and the nomination of officers and candidate speeches to the HOD.
The second session of the HOD will convene promptly at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Election of officers will be one of the first agenda items. The House will then consider the reports of the four reference committees using formal parliamentary procedure to dispose of the recommendations and any motions, amendments, referrals or other such actions of the House. The time of adjournment cannot be anticipated. Members are strongly urged to consider the volume, nature and potential amount of debate that may occur on Wednesday when making their departure reservations. The ASA Board of Directors will meet immediately after the adjournment of the House.
New Delegates Briefing and Speakers Office
New Delegates, Alternate Delegates or any ASA member with questions regarding procedure should attend the new delegates briefing, which will be conducted by the Speaker and Vice Speaker from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday and is open to all ASA members.
The Speakers’ office hours will be held on Tuesday (although the Speakers will be in the Speakers’ office most of Monday and Tuesday) to discuss any procedural issues or questions with regard to reference committee reports to be presented at the Wednesday session of the House. Specific times and locations will be featured in a future NEWSLETTER. The speakers are available to assist members in crafting motions they may wish to make on the floor of the HOD. When possible, members are asked to submit their amendments to the Governance Support staff in writing (preferably in Word format on a flash drive) prior to the HOD meeting on Wednesday in order to project the amendment during the session. Any member who plans to introduce substantial or potentially controversial amendments is strongly encouraged to discuss these with the speakers in advance so that all business may be conducted in an expeditious manner.
It is highly recommended that all members attend their caucus meetings (e.g., New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southern, Western, Midwest and various states) on Saturday and Tuesday afternoons. At these caucuses, issues before the House and candidates for election will be discussed. Meeting locations and times will appear in the Handbook for Delegates and will be posted in the Members’ Center.
We look forward to working with you to make the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting a great success. See you in San Francisco.
Steven L. Sween, M.D. is a staff anesthesiologist and Board of Directors member, Physician Specialists in Anesthesia, PC, Atlanta.
Ronald L. Harter, M.D. is the Jacoby Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus.