Dear Friends and colleagues,
It is an honor and privilege to serve you for this coming year. I truly appreciate your vote of trust.
I will not spare any effort in serving this society and advancing its cause, but I cannot do it alone. While I’m very fortunate and grateful to be surrounded by experienced leaders who have never declined helping when asked, I invite ALL of you to take part in SAMBA. Ask questions, volunteer, propose ideas, initiatives, and plans. Speak up, express your support and encouragement if you like the programs and services offered, and by all means, if you don’t, express concern and propose alternatives. Be part of the solution.
JFK once said, “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country?” I say “Ask what you can do for the SAMBA.” Yes, the task is huge and the challenges are great, but do not let your heart be troubled. We have been very successful for >30 years, and we have what it takes to keep it that way. We have a strong membership. I’m very encouraged by the overwhelming response I received from my “call to serve” e-mail. Our leaders are full of energy and enthusiasm. We have always had great management companies and structure and we are financially strong.
Together, you and I can help SAMBA to stay strong, we can further help it grow, and blossom.
Thank you for your continued support, I look forward to working with you serving our SAMBA.
Basem Abdelmalak, MD, FASA
SAMBA President 2019-2020