2010 CBBS Annual Meeting Summary
CBBS members, guests, exhibitors and speakers gathered at Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove for the 56th annual California Blood Bank Society meeting. With 348 total attendees, including exhibitors and presenters, the Hyatt proved to be a great host. The food was excellent, the rooms were spacious and remarks from both members and exhibitors indicate this meeting was a success. It certainly helped that the weather was the typical Southern California lovely and the venue was very close to Disneyland – the "Happiest Place on Earth". And I heard that there was an actual celebrity sighting – since this was near Hollywood!
A big "thank you" goes out to all our commercial exhibitors in 2010 as we once again sold out the exhibit venue. Our exhibitors bring the latest in technology, software, research, services, etc to display to our blood banking community. In all, 39 companies were represented in the commercial area, including 2 Diamond, 3 Platinum, 1 Gold, and 33 Silver exhibitors. Special appreciation goes to our Diamond Level exhibitors, CaridianBCT and Fenwal, Inc. for their exceptional level of support for CBBS and its members. These companies enjoyed the opportunity to host an Industry Workshop with their Diamond Level support. CBBS encourages even more exhibitor participation at this level in the future as we hope to see the Industry Workshop concept expand.
A major purpose of the annual meeting is to increase our knowledge in transfusion medicine and blood banking. The educational sessions at the CBBS meeting were timely and well attended as the speakers and topics in all the sections were outstanding. The opening joint session was "Biovigilance Comes to America" presented by Dr. James P. AuBuchon, MD who was awarded the Suzanne Ledin Lecture and Award. It was a great kickoff to the meeting on Thursday. The Friday scientific section hosted the Herbert Perkins Scientific Lectureship and Award presented by Susan L. Stramer, PhD who engaged the audience with "TTD–Emerging Pathogens–Where Are We Going?" Lucky indeed were the attendees this year who enjoyed an outstanding series of lectures and panels from esteemed speakers on many disciplines. If you didn't learn anything this year, you may have spent too much time at Disneyland! The CBBS Board of Directors reminds members of the availability of scholarship dollars for meeting attendance for both the CBBS Regional Seminars and the CBBS Annual Meeting. The educational fund exists for our members' benefi t, so if you have staff that you'd like to nominate to attend either a regional or annual meeting, please do not be hesitant to apply for these educational funds. If our meeting attendance is strong and our membership is strong, we can remain a robust organization that brings value to our membership.
At the Business Meeting, we thanked those who have served on the Board of Directors and also welcomed new Board officers and members. Jacque Tagliere, past president, was thanked for her many years of leadership to CBBS. Carol Veitenheimer was elected to the role of president and we look forward to her leadership. Joy Fridey, MD, MBA, was elected to the role of president-elect. Michael Hayward is the organization's treasurer and Kay Crull is the new secretary. Kay Crull was voted to receive her second term, and Steve Ferraiuolo was elected to his first three year term.
The 2011 CBBS Meeting will be the 3rd Joint Meeting of the South Central Association of Blood Banks and CBBS. It will be held April 27 to 30, 2011 at the Mirage Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Watch for more information and a link to registration on the CBBS website. The 2012 CBBS Meeting will be in vibrant San Francisco at the Hyatt Regency at Embarcadero Center April 3-6, 2012. Mark your calendars for these "can't miss" events.
Remember that if you want any information about CBBS, from upcoming events to membership forms or from by laws to archived meeting handouts, they can all be found at the outstanding CBBS web site www.cbbsweb.org. Information forums, membership rosters, CBBS Today issues and all sorts of valuable information reside at this site. As we move further into the virtual age, this link will be your CBBS source of information. It's a valuable tool, so be sure to use it.
The CBBS Board of Directors looks forward to seeing you all in Las Vegas. Remember the saying "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas . . ."? I think we should re-think that saying this spring! What happens in Vegas at the joint meeting in 2011 will be educational, informative, and most certainly useful to you and your co-workers and colleagues. So let's bring it all back home to remember and share. See you there!