To my PNA Tampa colleague, thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as the president of our organization. It is an honor and privilege to lead and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Philippine Nurses Association of Tampa Bay Inc.
In 1989 a group of Filipino nurses lead by founding president Liw Villagomeza created this organization. Their unfailing dedication have persevered, and their legacy continues to the present officers and members in nurturing our organization. Their prime objective is to promote a positive image of nursing to our community via health programs and projects, solely or in conjunction, with other local and national organizations. They also wanted to promote unity and camaraderie among the Filipino nurses both locally and nationwide. Other objectives were to encourage professional growth among its members, to participate in socio-cultural activities of the Filipino-American community and support other worthy causes in the community. Twenty five years later, here we are, I may say a success and we’re marching towards our domestic missions and global endeavors.
To PNA membership, I would stress that it is a member driven organization. That means our membership gives the organization direction, setting agenda on the most pressing issues that need to be addressed. It only means that the organization will only be as effective as the members make it. Without our members devoting time to PNA we will not be successful.
New members will find that it is composed of an amazing group of people who have chosen to join the association because they truly believe in the mission of service. PNA members have a wealth of experience, connections to key leaders in our community as well as global and the willingness to share their wisdom and knowledge with other members. With all the changes we are facing in the coming years I invite prospective members to join our organization.
Again, thanks to everyone who had given their unselfish support to the PNA.
Maribel Soriano RN BSN
President PNATB, Inc 2015