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Dr. Haas delivering incoming President's Message.
Collegiality - In 2018, we revived the "Night at the Arts" event.
My wife Jill and I were out of town (not that unusual for those who
know us) but every bit of feedback I received was fantastic. I know
many of you in this room showed off your remarkable talent. We
look forward to holding similar events that include physicians in all
employment structures and all specialties. Our All Members night
at the R-Phils will be coming up in August and our golf outing will
be in June. Hope to see many of you there. I would like to see us
work with our outstanding Medical Society Alliance, one of the
strongest in the State, to plan and host future events that would be
of interest to more of our members.
Advocacy - Both physician advocacy and patient advocacy are
represented. This is the broadest of the points of the compass, and
the least under our control. Through the strong lobbying efforts
in Harrisburg and our local public education campaigns we are
able to impact the professional lives of those of us in the practice
of medicine. Each time our well-meaning legislature creates a bill
related to healthcare, it is vital that we have a seat at that table. As
well explained in the musical Hamilton, Aaron Burr never had a seat
in the "Room Where It Happens" and as a result did not achieve his
loftiest of goals.

The Berks County Medical Society is OUR voice. We
represent all specialties, and all employment structures. We work
alongside specialty societies to ensure the most rewarding practice
environment, allowing Doctors to be Doctors. Specialty societies
alone will not successfully lobby in Harrisburg. We need a united
front. In an environment where an increasing number of nonphysicians are directing how we practice, strong state and county
medical societies are critical.
I'd like to take a few moments to say thank you. Thank you to
our outgoing officers including Dr. Dan Kimball, who has balanced
our budget! And Dr. Baxter who has led the Executive Council
admirably. Congratulations to our honorees Drs. Barbera and
Cairns, and our colleagues celebrating 50 Years in Medicine.

Some of our events cover multiple parts of the compass. Our
extremely successful drug takeback event, coming up on April 27, is
such an example.

I would also like to recognize Dr. Raymond Truex, who very
early in my career guided me to the Medical Society and taught
me its value. Thank you to Carl Seidl, Vice President at Reading
Hospital, for his guidance over my 18 years in Berks County. To
my father, who in his own quiet way guided me to the practice of
medicine and radiation oncology. To my sons Derian and Tristan
for being here today. They are undoubtedly a bit annoyed that this
event is occurring exactly during their college Spring breaks basically
making it impossible for them to get out of it. To Jill, my wonderful
wife of 25 years. It's her love and support that have allowed me to
continue to pursue my professional goals.

Well that answer was way too long for an elevator pitch. So we'll
try this instead...

I look forward to working with all of you over the next 2 years.
Thank you.

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