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Robert Jenkins succeeds James Flanagan as NEPA president, group has $1 million in bank.

NEPA's annual June conference in Washington is also the occasion of a board of directors meeting and the annual report to the membership.

At the board meeting, Robert Jenkins, head of Health Resources Publishing, Manasquan, N.J., was elected president. In his acceptance speech, Jenkins stressed the importance of members getting involved actively in NEPA's numerous programs--including Special Working Groups, listservs, chapters, and conferences.

An active volunteer himself, including elected office, Jenkins emphasized how rewarding it is both personally and professionally to become involved in community and trade organizations.

Outgoing president James Flanagan, of HCPro, Marblehead, Mass., reported in his concluding speech that NEPA "membership is down but our finances are solid." From his travels to chapter meetings around the country this past year, he said he saw two trends:

* The financial health of members has improved.

* The evolution of business practices has put newsletter publishers ahead, using the technology to pass valuable information along to their customers.

"Our association has done the same--evolved its services and the ways of delivering those services," he said.

Treasurer Ira Mayer, of EPM Communications Inc., New York City, reported that "the association faced a tough climate, but has weathered all that." NEPA has maintained $1 million in the bank, but Mayer said they project a modest loss in the coming year.

Dan Oswald, president of Lawrence Ragan Communications Inc., Chicago, moved up from secretary to vice president. Ira Mayer became secretary, and Tom Hagy of Mealey's in Pennsylvania is now treasurer.

New board members are: Doreen Bieryla, senior vice president at Element K Journals, Rochester, N.Y.; Robert L. Brady, president of Business & Legal Reports Inc.; and David Schwartz, president of National Health Information LLC, Atlanta.
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Date:Jun 15, 2003
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