What an amazing honor it is to serve as the 100th president of the TMA Alliance. It is with great pride and humility that I step into this role.
One hundred years ago, physicians’ wives in Dallas met and formed the Women’s Auxiliary to the Dallas County Medical Society. That same year, auxiliaries were formed in McLennan, Bexar and Taylor Counties. On May 15, 1918, the Women’s Auxiliary to the State Medical Association was organized in San Antonio. This was the beginning of our history.
We have changed over the years: from a wives group to a spouses and physicians group, from the Women’s Auxiliary to the TMA Alliance, and from a social group to an active participant in making Texas a healthier place. Members have rolled bandages during the war years, helped inform the public about polio, promoted a Drug Free America, protected little heads through the Hard Hats for Little Heads program and little bodies through Be Wise – Immunize. We also advocate for medicine at the alliance-inspired First Tuesdays at the Capitol. We have been busy! Perhaps our most important role has been as a bridge between the family of medicine and the community. We continue to be a visible arm for medicine in our communities across this wonderful state.
As we approach our Centennial year, I am excited to celebrate the accomplishments of our county alliances across Texas. I am happy to partner with Dr. Carlos Cardenas, TMA President, and I look forward to standing alongside him to represent medicine in Texas.
Thank you for the opportunity to be your president this year. I look forward to seeing you May 2018 in San Antonio to celebrate 100 years of the Texas Medical Association Alliance.
Karen Laimore, Belton
Texas Medical Association Alliance
September 18, 2010