Dear Fellow Alumni,
Here we are well into 2022 and your Alumni Association Board hopes that you are well and safe from the effects of the pandemic. Even though COVID has slowed down, masks are being removed, and folks are once again coming together, your Board felt it would be best to postpone the annual luncheon until October. We greatly appreciated those of you who responded to the Board’s survey querying your comfort level for an April meeting. Thus, please hold the date of October 15, 2022 for the annual luncheon to be held in Pleasanton, CA. We are hopeful that you will once again have a sufficient level of comfort for gathering to rejoice in seeing your old friends and classmates and celebrate our BOOK! A Fund-Raising Wine Tasting event and special trip to Rosie the Riveter Park will also be planned as part of the alumni weekend. That will also be a time to drop by the Oakland Medical Center and admire our lovely statue of a Kaiser Student Nurse.
The Board wanted the alumni to know that the Alumni Association has taken over the selling and distribution of our book. Our procurement/handling manager is Heather Jepson. The book can be purchased by going to the KFSN Alumni Association website, www.kfsnaa.org. The cost of the book for alumni is $25, retail cost is $35. Books will also be available for sale at the luncheon.
Our major effort at this time is our Scholarships. We are working on outreach to schools of nursing to inform them about the availability of scholarships. If you know of any student nurses that you think would be a good candidate for a KFSNAA scholarship, please let them know. Scholarship applications are available on the web site, www.kfsnaa.org, or attached to this e-mail. Funding for scholarships largely comes from your donation; however, proceeds from sales of the book added a total of $20,000 to our scholarship fund. We are aiming to once again this year distribute $20,000 in Scholarships. Attached is a contribution form for you to use to make your donation to the fund.
The alumni association continues to work with Kaiser Permanente, informing nurses of the important role KFSN had as the foundation for nursing within the organization and sharing our legacy. The sponsor of this activity is the KP Northern California Nurse Scholars Academy and their leader, Jim D’Alfonso.
Keep safe and healthy, and look for upcoming information about the luncheon.
Deloras Jones, Class of ‘63
President, KFSNAA Board