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Message from the Executive Secretary April 2011

Things are starting to gear up for the final stretch before the Philadelphia meeting in late May. From what I have seen from working with Nerea, Joe and David, I have no doubt it will be a memorable one. Conference packets were e-mailed out on February 1, and registrationsare pouring in.

I am delighted to report that our new SALALM Treasurer, Peter Johnson, spent a few days here in New Orleans last week working with Carol and me as he takes the reins of the position before the May meeting. We spent some time going over financial reports and other regular communication that takes place between the Secretariat and the Treasurer, but we also took the opportunity to streamline some processes and think through some new ways of conducting business for the organization, all with an eye towards cost savings. Peter plans to present a list of recommendations for discussion in Philadelphia. We should all be grateful to Peter for taking on this important position, as he brings a keen mind and financial savvy to the organization.
In other news, the José Toribio Medina Award nominations were e-mailed on March 23. Please be sure to print out your form and return via snail mail to Víctor F. Torres at the address provided. And election ballots were mailed out on February 8. The Nominating Committee composed of Jesús Alonso-Regalado, Kaydee McCann and Ana María Cobos, has done a great job of reminding everyone to vote, vote, vote, so at this point I hope everyone has done so.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Philadelphia.

Hortensia Calvo
Executive Secretary

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