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A Message from the President

Dear Members and Friends of California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

As I wind down my term, I want to share some of my thoughts as the President of California Academy. First of all, on the formation of our new Inclusive, Diversity, Equity, and Access (I.D.E.A.) Council. We are putting resources to support this and other councils to support and ensure that our professional organization takes this issue seriously.

As we celebrate the Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) Heritage month in April, we also need to be mindful of the hatred against APIDA communities by some individuals who do not share our ideas. As much as many of us appreciate our freedom and independence living in this great nation, systemic and social racism, unfortunately, still exists. Therefore, we must work hard to remove systemic racism, barriers, and stigmatism that are put there to suppress people. Also, we need to be aware of any “-ism” labels that we may unintentionally put on people.

Even though we cannot control the behavior of people in the whole nation, we can try our best to provide inclusion, equity, and access to our profession. If we can do this, I can assure you that diversity will follow when people feel safe to be part of our organization and profession. Therefore, I ask all of you to do your part to include and treat everyone with fairness, respect, and equity. If we support each other, we can be one giant force to be reckoned with rather than being picked off as an individual.

Practice your rights as a citizen and a member of our profession (past, present, and future practitioners). Pay it forward as a volunteer for the profession, I do know that we are all busy and our workload and responsibilities have increased. I ask that if you can spare one hour a month, we have tasks for you to do. Your district also needs help; so, contact your district leaders to see what you can do for them. Get involved in your district, step up as a leader, build your team and start a project for your community. Interns and students, the volunteer hours and tasks completed look good on your resume.

In October, CA Academy will be asking districts to submit nominations for awards. Please help us recognize our many colleagues who are doing great things to advance our organization, community, and profession. The call for awards will be going out in August so be thinking of individuals, who we can recognize at the state and national levels, for their contribution and service.

In late summer, nominating committee members will be contacting individuals to serve as leaders of our organization. We will be electing the President-elect, Secretary/Treasurer, Delegates, VP of Membership Benefits and Services, and nominating committee. Also,

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE in the first two weeks in February in the Academy and CA Academy elections. Please exercise your right to vote and help us raise the % of members who voted in our elections. Unfortunately, our voter turnouts in the Academy and CA Academy were in the low teens, and with approximately 7,000 members, we should have a very, very loud voice. Instead, we whimper…. I would love to see at least 50% voter turnout, and let’s work on that, everyone!!!

We cannot stand on the sideline and watch the world go by, we need to be a part of the action and make a lot of noise. If we see someone being a bully, stop them!! Get others involved and do it together, so the bully can be stopped. If one witnesses social injustice or racism, be an interrupter; but be aware of your own safety. Be a part of the change movement; if everyone gets involved, we can do ANYthing!!

We can overcome the fear, hatred, and unknowns through education, understanding, and support of each other. Together, we win; divided, we fall…. It has been a difficult and challenging year; and going forward, I hope that we can be civil, respectful, and treat everyone in a way better than how we want to be treated. It is not a perfect world, but we can do our part to make it better. I am very proud of our members, and everyone should feel empowered to do their best because we have a great past and a strong future ahead of us.

If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact me, president@dietitian.org.

Dorothy Chen-Maynard

President’s Message

Welcome to the 2021-2022 CA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

President’s Message

 Welcome to the 2021-2022 year for the CA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  I am Monica McCorkle, your president for this coming year.  Thank you all for your confidence in myself, the Executive Board, and Executive Director to lead our member driven, professional organization as we continue the work to continue our mission to: ‘Empower California dietetic professionals to be science and evidence-based food and nutrition experts, who demonstrate inclusivity in leadership and practice.’ And our vision: ‘Optimize California’s health through food, nutrition, cultural understanding, and health equality.’

Our goals for this year’s CA Academy is twofold:

  • ‘All members have a voice.’
  • ‘Communication with kindness, respect and dignity are keys to a strong and vital CA Academy.’

We, the Executive Board, Executive Director, and I, desire that all members to feel that they are able to reach out to anyone of us and let us know how we are doing, how we can improve, and what you feel you need as a member of the CA Academy.  Whether you are a student/intern member or professional member, we are here for you.  Please speak up because we want and welcome your voice.

We welcome all voices.  We (all members who make up the CA Academy) come from diverse walks of life, cultures, ethnicities, professional career paths, families of origin, and so much more.  Disagreements with decisions, with opinions, and how the Academy is run are expected and welcome.  How we communicate is so important!  It is imperative that we treat each other as the other wants and desires to be treated and with kindness and respect.  As we speak our voices, we welcome passion, enthusiasm, power, and joyful discussion.  We are all dietetic professionals; but we are unique individuals with differences in our wants, needs, desires, and opinions. Let us all agree to allow everyone to speak our minds and to do this with the utmost respect and kindness for each other.  Life is meant to be vibrant, alive, and full of special moments.  Our CA Academy is only as great as all of our members.  Let us all work together to be the best we can be, appreciating and celebrating our differences and similarities with kindness and respect.

The CA Academy has powerful, dedicated members who are passionate, caring, and kind professionals.  To treat each other with respect and kindness even when we disagree with each other on different points of view is imperative.  Our decisions and the outcomes of the actions that we choose are essential to the vitality and greatness of our CA Academy.

We started the year with the process of creating out three-year strategic plan with three basic goals to achieve during our Executive Board retreat in June.  These include:

Goal 1: California dietetic professionals (RDNs/NDTRs) are integral and trusted team members in providing health, food, and nutrition services.

Goal 2: Increase diversity in Dietetic Professionals (RDN/NDTRs) in California by promoting inclusivity, equity, and advancement of our members.

Goal 3: The California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics improves the health of Californians. and positively impacting the health of our communities.

Today is the day after the 4th of July Celebration of the USA’s Independence from England.  As I wrote this sentence, I wanted to ensure I am writing actual events of our Independence Day.  In my brief research, I found that Independence Day Should Have Been July 2 – July 2, 1776 is the day that the Continental Congress actually voted for independence.  John Adams, in his writings,  noted that July 2 would be remembered in the annals of American history and would be marked with fireworks and celebrations. The written Declaration of Independence was dated July 4 but was not actually signed until August 2.  Fifty-six delegates eventually signed the document, although all were not present on that day in August.  Some fun facts about the birth of our nation.  Today would not be a celebration without our history as we learn from our past and build a strong future as a nation, we are able to speak our voices without fear, be free and independent.

Yesterday I celebrated the 4th by cycling to the beach, as I sat on the boardwalk with my dear partner, watching people, enjoying the celebrations with a little music, we met a couple from Brazil on the bench next to us and became great friends.  I bought a couple of cool pair of sunglasses from the Tunisian salesman who had great stories to tell about life in the Tunisian school system, and the young, passionate Asian woman named Annie, who came over to talk to the people in the booth across from us.  The booth was selling American flags, flags that support the police, the fire department, and federal workers, with strong signs in support of Trump in 2024 and not so nice signs against President Biden and Governor Newsome.  I am not sure why she chose me to speak with, perhaps it was the extra, large glass of hard lemonade that she carried with her, or the fact she worked for a government agency.  Annie wanted to find out more information from the folks in the booth.  We worked on some great opened ended questions to ask.  She was not sure she wanted to engage with them, I enjoyed our conversation and hearing her point of view.  Our Independence ensured our ability to speak our minds freely, to share our opinions without worry of imprisonment or condemnation.  Living in California, we are blessed with people from all parts of the world and I realized that my day was filled with diversity in action.  I am especially blessed for the ability to be a part of this Celebration of Independence.  We, as a country and as a world have a long way to go to be inclusive and equity to people of all background  I know, with all my heart, that the CA Academy can be a great leader in this charge – with your help!

I am so grateful to be your president for the 2021-2022 year.  I want to thank Dr. Dorothy Chen-Maynard and the 2020-2021 Executive Board for leading us through a tumultuous year as the world endured the great COVID-19 pandemic; and as a country, we had much civil unrest as Black Lives Matters and the call for diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout all aspects of our professional, political, and person lives, which rang out loud, clear, and consistent.  These events changed the world in a minute, changing much of the CA Academy’s strategic direction – to focus on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (I.D.E.A.) as a priority.

With the leadership of the Executive Board and Dr. Chen-Maynard, the CA Academy:

  • Appointed a new VP Members Benefits and Services after the elected VP moved to a different state.
  • Initiated the implementation of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Process with open forums with district leaders and CA Academy members/non-members for their input for ideas, thoughts, and suggestions.
  • Establishment of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (I.D.E.A.) Council to be implemented in 2021-22 fiscal year.
  • Updated the CA Academy’s policy and procedures to include inclusion, equity, and access in each of the Councils to diversify the organization and profession.

The Executive Board’s intentions/goals for this year are to continue to strengthen the I.D.E.A. Council with inclusion, equity, and access within each of the CA Academy’s Councils, not just on paper; but in actively working to have these concepts embedded into the fiber of the CA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  We need the help and input of all our members as we work to make this a reality.  If you would like to help build this important Council, please let us hear from you!  Join the council, help to lead the Council in becoming a strong, important voice for all our members. You may contact the interim VP of I.D.E.A. Council, Dorothy Chen-Maynard at pastpresident@dietitian.org if you wish to be a member of the Council or to provide suggestions.  We want to hear from you!!

As we start the new year, I want also to draw your attention to the changes that the Board of Directors of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics proposing to make changes in the governance of the Academy.  Two issues are being discussed:

  1. The Board of Directors is requesting a vote (2/3rds majority needed) from the members of the House of Delegates (HOD) to allow the Board of Directors to be able to make changes in the by-laws of the Academy.  (Any changes in by-laws require approve by the House of Delegates).
  2. ‘Reimagining’ the governance of the Academy – The proposal will eliminate the HOD and there is a proposal to reformat a different way of representation and governance for the members.

The CA Academy has sent out a communication regarding these moves and we need your voices to let the Academy know how you want them to proceed.  Please: CLICK HERE FOR AND GOVERNANCE PROPOSAL AND MEMBER INPUT to let your voices be heard.

The members of HOD are meeting at the end of July to vote on this matter.  Please let your Delegates know how you would like them to vote for you.  You can find the name of your Delegate and contact information:  CLICK HERE FOR CA DELEGATES INFORMATION.

If you are a member of a DPG or MIG, please contact your DPG/MIG Delegate to let them know your opinion and how you want them to vote in this matter.  You can find Delegate information here!  https://www.eatrightpro.org/leadership/governance/house-of-delegates.

Your Executive Board, Executive Director and I look forward to a constructive and event filled year.  We need your help and input to do be the best we can.  We are calling all members to action to make this happen.  *If you want/desire/ to be an active part of the CA Academy, in helping us to make a difference in the lives of Californians and for our members, please volunteer!  We have so many opportunities for you to be a part of!  As a member driven organization, we need your voice, support, and participation.  https://dietitian.org/contact-us/

We, the CA Academy, looks forward to hearing from all of you and working towards a stronger, healthier California, with the power and efforts of our members.

With much gratitude,

Monica J. McCorkle, MS, RDN, CDCES, NBC-HWC

President, CA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2021-2022

 

 

Delegates Desk

Dear California Academy Members,

You recently received communication from the California Academy President, Monica McCorkle and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on the proposed Governance Structure Model.

As your California Delegates, we want to provide more clarification on the proposal. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy), Board of Directors (BOD) is proposing changes that will significantly affect the structure of the Academy and your voice in the governance of the Academy. Please read this summary and respond to the BOD survey by July 31, 2021. You will be asked to include a reason for your vote.

The proposed changes were not discussed with or planned with input from the House of Delegates (HOD). We first learned of the proposal on June 14th, 2021.

There are several proposed changes:

  • Currently, the House of Delegates (HOD) is responsible for making revisions to the Bylaws. The Board of Directors of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is recommending an amendment to the Bylaws in which the Board of Directors (BOD) will take ownership of future Bylaw revisions, without the consent of the House of Delegates. To review the proposed changes click here. The BOD will then be able to make changes to the Bylaws without the current checks and balances provided by your HOD representation.
  • Dissolve the House of Delegates (HOD). Currently there are 113 delegates representing you as an Academy member. Current representation includes: 6 House Leadership Team Members; 66 State Delegates (5 from CA) ; 27 Dietetic Practice Group (DPG) Delegates; 7 Member Interest Group (MIG) Delegates; 7 At-Large Delegates.
  • The proposed changes would dissolve the House of Delegates and create a Strategic Council of 15The 15 member Strategic Council will represent the 100,000 + Academy members. It is unknown, at this time, how the Strategic Council members will be nominated or appointed.
  • The Council on Future Practice (CFP) will be dissolved and absorbed into the 15 member Strategic Council. The CFP has the interest and evolution of our profession and practice as their focus. They have in the past conducted and published the extensive visioning report every five years.
  • Reduce the size of the BOD from 19 members to 14 members.

The Avenue M report used by the Academy and task force states that it benchmarked against other organizations and found that many of them were moving to the Council model. After careful research, it was found that there are many professional organizations like the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that continue to effectively use a House of Delegates. Some of these organizations include the American Physical Therapy Association, American Dental Association, American Nurses Association (Membership Assembly) and the American Medical Association. In some of these associations the House of Delegates is larger than our HOD and they all have the by-laws as part of their responsibilities.

As your California Delegates, we are strongly opposed to these changes for several reasons. The HOD provides broad, equitable representation BOTH geographically and through DPGs and now MIGs with an objective election process. The current HOD model provides the Academy a diverse VOICE that effectively reflects member experiences, subject-matter expertise, geographic differences and experiences and diverse member needs. Secondly, the Academy need checks and balances. The balance of power will be lost with the elimination of the HOD. The governing members of both the BOD and Strategic Council could become a process of “self- selection” with appointed versus member elected positions.

We encourage you to reach out to us with your comments and/or concerns and provide feedback. Our contact information can be found at Our Leadership | California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (dietitian.org).

Respectfully,

Your California Affiliate Delegates

Lesli Doshier, MS, RD

Jo Miller, MPH, RDN

Lisa Gibson, MS, RDN, FAND

Wanda Siu-Chan, MS, RD

Kelly Warner, MPH, RDN

CALL TO ACTION: SHARE YOUR INPUT WITH THE ACADEMY RE: CHANGES IN BYLAWS AND HOD STRUCTURE!

Dear California Academy Members,

The California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Executive Board shared an email from, Kevin Sauer, President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. After further review, the California Academy Executive Board are calling all members to action to share feedback with the Academy regarding this plan.

There are two issues to address:

  1. The Board of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has recommended that the language in the Academy Bylaws giving the Board of Directors the power to amend the Bylaws without the consent of the House of Delegates (HOD). To review the proposed changes click here.

2.     Feedback regarding bylaws will precede a vote by the HOD which will require a 2/3 majority to pass. To provide input to the changes complete this survey.

  1. According to the Executive Board an Illinois state law changed that requires an adjustment in the Academy governance structure. The details of this proposition may be reviewed here.  This link is to the Governance Transition: Question and Comment Submission Form.

The California Academy Executive Board plans to respond; however, we call all California Members to provide individual feedback. Please submit your comments before July 31, 2021.

Thank you for making your voice count!

Monica McCorkle, President & Executive Board of

California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

*Nominations will open summer 2021

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