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Wednesday, February 1

From The Pen of the Executive Director

Joel L. Rubin, MSW

 Executive Director

As I write this month’s article, Ihave just returned from ChapterPresident Giesela Grumbach’spresentation commemoratingDr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’sBirthday at Dominican University.The text of Giesela’s talk leadsoff this month’s Networker, aswe acknowledge Black HistoryMonth. Dr. King’s life and workcontinue to have great relevancefor the social work profession.

 Chapter activities are fully underway for 2006 with much to look forward to in the coming months. Our Strategic Planning process begins this month (see President’s Pen, December 2005/January 2006, and as the committee proceeds in its work a full draft of the plan will be available to the entire Chapter membership for input and review before its approval in June by the NASW Illinois Chapter Board of Directors.

 During February, the Chapter’s emerging Committee on Aging will hold its first meeting. The Committee which brings together many prominent leaders in the aging field from around the state is being chaired by Marcia Spira, Ph.D, LCSW, ACSW, BCD, Associate Professor of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work. Her Committee includes Robyn L. Golden, LCSW, Director of Older Adult Programs, Rush University Medical Center, Phyllis Mitzen, MSW, Health and Medicine Research Group, Center for Long Term Care Reform, Dan

Kuhn, MSW, Director of Education, Mather Lifeways Institute on Aging, Michael Geldar, Deputy Director, Illinois Department on Aging, Elaine Jurkowski, MSW, PhD, Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Social Work, BarbaraCoats, LCSW, MSW Instructor, University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work and Karen Teigisar, LCSW, Senior Lecturer, Deputy Dean for the Master’s Program, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.

 Related to this new committee, Social Work Month in March will celebrate our focus on aging, with its theme, Life’s Journey: Helps Starts Here.” Social Work Month materials can be found either on the Chapter (http://www.naswil.org) or National (www. socialworkers.org) NASW websites.

 NASW PAC Illinois is having a fundraiser on Saturday, February 25, 2006 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. Support the PAC and join us for a Chicago Wolves vs. the Cleveland Barons hockey game. Tickets are $25.00 each.

 On February 28th, the Chapter will be holding its 9th Annual Lobby Day in Springfield. I encourage all members to join us that day to discuss the important issues of the profession with the elected officials who shape our state’s policies.

 Finally, this current issue includes the results of the 2005 Salary Survey of the NASW Illinois Chapter members. 600 members and nonmembers participated in the survey which has given us a snapshot of where social work salaries are at this point in time as compared with the salary survey that we published in 2002/2003.

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