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Friday, February 8                        Meeting Facilitators-Dena Leavengood & Marj Plumb                                     


Session Type

Session Title/Description

8:00-10:00 AM



8:00-9:00 AM



New Chapter Orientation

Learn about PSR operations, chapter responsibilities, resources and more


 Led by Pam Kleiss (Wisconsin), Catherine Thomasson, MD and Ashish Sinha (National)

9:00-9:30 AM

Welcome &  Theme:

Top 10 Elements of Strong PSR Chapters

Overview of day’s agenda & logistics


Led by Lynn Ringenberg, MD(Florida)and Alfred Meyer (NYC)

9:30-12:00 AM

Session 1



Best Practices: Brief Reports from Chapters

Share strengths, best practices & ideas for collaboration. Bring materials to share.


Led by Dena Leavengood and Marj Plumb (San Francisco)

12:00-1:30 PM



1:30-2:30 PM

Session 2


Group/Panel Discussion


Creating a Vision to Grow & Thrive

Update on national work and Board leadership comments. Focus on chapter needs, roadblocks.


Led by Lynn Ringenberg, MD( Florida) Catherine Thomasson, MD Jeff Patterson, DO (Wisconsin) & Bob Gould, MD (San Francisco)

2:30-2:45 PM



2:45-4:15 PM

Session 3


Small Groups

Learn & Get Inspired: Break Out Groups

Small group discussions on healthy food, climate change, toxic reform, nuclear weapons, safe energy, students, other


Led by Dena Leavengood & Marj Plumb (San Francisco)-Facilitators

4:15-6:00 PM

Session 4


How to Make the Vision Happen

> Engaging Your Members Online

Overview of online communication tools, email lists, alerts, other functions of Convio web platform.  
Sean Tenney (Oregon) and Mary Dillon Kerwin (National).

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> Twitter and Facebook Training

(Bring computers, iPad, Smartphones)

Led by Mathias Pollock (National) and Alfred Meyer (NYC) et al


Group Dinner 7:00 PM

Tapas Garden Bistro and Wine Bar





Saturday, February 9                       Meeting Facilitators-Dena Leavengood & Marj Plumb

8:00-10:00 AM



9:00-10:00 AM

Session 5


Group Discussion

Fundraising: Best Practices & Lessons Learned

Cultivating Major donors, grants,, special campaigns and Executive Director Funds.


Led by Mary Dillon Kerwin (National) & Pam Kleiss (Wisconsin)

10:00-11:00 AM

Session 6


Group Discussion/Panel


Mobilizing Health Professionals for Action

-How to recruit & retain health professionals

-How to develop PSR leadership skills

-Recruit & mentor students and young physicians


Led by Bob Gould, MD( San Francisco)  Mathias Pollock, MPH & Catherine Thomasson, MD, (National) with panelists

11:00-12:00 AM

Session 7


Group Discussion

Pearls of Wisdom: Managing a Chapter Effectively

What every chapter needs to know to set up, manage and sustain an effective organization


Led by Marj Plumb( San Francisco) & Mary Dillon Kerwin (National)

12:00-1:30 PM



1:30-2:30 PM

Session 8


Group Discussion

Coalition Building

How to engage and work with local/state/regional/national partner groups and retain a clear, strong and distinctive “PSR identity”.


Led by Alfred Meyer( NYC)  & Martha Arguello (Los Angeles)  with Facilitators

2:30-3:30 PM

Session 9


Group Discussion

Cultivating Passion

Tips for bringing the “health voice” to coalition work to influence new partners and elected officials.


Led by Barb Gottlieb(National) Marybeth Palmigiano & Lynn Ringenberg (Florida) with Facilitators

3:30-3:45 PM



3:45-4:30 PM

Session 10


Group Discussion

Topics for Next Year

Summary Review of meeting with action items


Led by Dena Leavengood & Marj Plumb ( San Francisco)- Facilitators

4:30-4:45 PM




Wrap Up

Compete Evaluation and say goodbye!





*Led by Chapter Leadership Planning Team

As of 1/23/13