June 1, 2014
I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as KU Auxiliary President for the year 2014-2015. Our organization has been a significant presence on the KU campus for 65+ years, and I plan to keep that tradition going strong throughout the next year and into the future.
While we face many challenges, I would like to target three key areas over the next several months. Our membership has been waning over the last few years, from a high of 300 back in 1989-1990, so a large part of my time will be directed towards recruiting new members to the Auxiliary. I believe we can do this through meeting times and events that are aimed at working people and the hours they have available during the day. This is an important group that we need to find ways to accommodate, and I believe we can do this while being mindful of our long-time members and the events that fit into their schedules as well.
Second, I want to remain focused on increasing our prominence in the KU community through promotional materials and social media. We now have a Facebook page and an expanded website, and I want to keep that momentum going. We work hard and do a great job, and I want everyone to know it.
Third, we need to continue moving into the 21st century through digital media. It is the inevitable push that all businesses, organizations, and individuals are shifting toward, and I promise to make it an easy transition by digitizing all of our records and keeping them available to all members. This has the added benefit of furthering our professional appearance to the public.
The coming year will provide many occasions for the Auxiliary to showcase its many accomplishments, its commitment to service for the University of Kansas Hospital and the University of Kansas Medical Center, and its dedication to both its members and potential members through volunteer opportunities and social interaction with a full slate of interesting programs and events. I hope you are as excited as I am!
Theresa Jernigan, BFA
The University of Kansas Medical Center Auxiliary, Inc.