For House of Delegates Roll Call, 48th Annual AORN Congress
From Florida to this one destination
We've journeyed across our great nation,
From where Mr. Mouse
Keeps a much larger House
To partake in collegial oration.
And it should be a rousing debate.
Just how shall we nurses relate?
Will it be much more fun
To vote One by One,
Or shall we continue to Delegate?
As we gather now, colleagues, take note,
With traditions, but never by rote,
And by States are we charged,
And from Florida 77 will vote!
In 2002, AORN's annual Congress was held in Anaheim, California as it will be this year, in a week or so. This annual meeting includes our business meeting as an association, which is managed with a House of Delegates where representatives of local groups speak for their colleagues back home. That year, one of the issues before the House was a debate on changing the manner in which we elect our officers, from a ballot presented only to the House of Delegates, to a ballot presented to the entire membership of AORN. This we referred to as 'One Member, One Vote'.
The House starts off with a Roll Call of the 50 States and the Territories, and much like any other convention the State Reporters traditionally do a wee speech about the virtues and glories of their particular state/territory, ending by declaring the number of Delegates that state/territory seated. Members-at-Large are members who do not belong to a local group due to their geographical situation or their employment, requiring them to travel a great deal. The MAL also can seat Delagates.
I had the honour of being the State Reporter that year; this was my Roll Call speech.