Hello and welcome to our California Society of Medical Assistants’ website and what I’ve decided to call the President’s Corner. My name is Nancy Lizon and I am our 2019-2020 President. I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I became a medical assistant a bit later in life than most. I graduated with my Associate degree in Medical Assisting in 2002 in Modesto, California. I utilized a temp agency for employment right after graduation (it’s a great way to get your foot in the door of some employers) and was placed at Kaiser. After 2-1/2 years Kaiser hired me, I will celebrate my 14th year with them in June. I’ve been in dermatology for all but 4 months of that time and love it! I’ve been active in our state society since graduation. We held our state conference this year March 29th-31st in Mountain View. Those attending were able to attain up to 14 CEUs and we had some great speakers covering current and interesting topics. It was good to see many first-time attendees that I hope will take an active part in our society. The Southwest Regional Meeting will be July 26th-28th in Colorado Springs, Colorado at a castle. At least two of us from California are planning on attending, that I know of. If you might be interested in also attending please feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance. The AAMA National Conference will be in Greensboro, North Carolina September 13-16th. National is a great way to meet and network with other medical assistants from all over the U.S. This year we have three delegates and one alternate attending. We are always happy when we run into other members from California that we didn’t know were coming. If you should decide to attend please connect with us. Our society has 478 members, we had a little over 30 at our state meeting. About 30 people decide issues for all of our state members. It’s going to take all of us to reach out and try to get the 440ish to take an interest and a more active part in our society. Our numbers drop each year as some don’t see the value in paying for and accumulating CEUs and maintaining our certification to keep up with what’s going on and coming up in our field. My hope is to encourage all of you to be proud of your accomplishments and skills and to take an active interest and part in our society. Please let us/me know how you would like to be involved and how I/we can be of assistance. We strive to be transparent and are more than willing to share our knowledge of our society and field of work with anyone. We also hope you will share your strengths and knowledge with us to help our society and the medical assisting field to grow stronger. We want to promote our certification to employers and the public as the “Go To” certification to look for in the medical field. Please check our website periodically to keep up with what’s happened and what’s happening. We also have a Facebook page.