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From the Pen of the President: December 2017

Mary Gollings
NASW-Illinois Chapter President

It’s hard to believe the end of the year is approaching and that I will have to start remembering to write 2018 soon. However, I know it is in fact December as there are signs all around me these days. Holiday decorations are out, the halls are starting to be a bit less busy at work, I have pulled my heavy duty coat out of storage, and I just renewed my social work license. For many of us, the end of the year serves as a queue to start looking forward, including at professional goals and opportunities.

At the NASW-Illinois Chapter, we look forward to helping our members achieve their professional goals. With a new year and a new licensure period starting, continuing education events focusing on the latest topics and research are being planned. District networking events are anticipated. Committees are gearing back up to serve the chapter and profession. I encourage you to check our website for upcoming events and opportunities throughout the year, as well as details on existing groups and committees. www.naswil.org

I am especially excited to bring forward two opportunities that allow for direct involvement and meaningful outcomes for NASW-IL members. On April 11, 2018, we will have our annual Advocacy Day in Springfield, Illinois. This day lends special opportunity to unite as a profession and make our voices and concerns heard. Please consider signing up and joining us (LINK).

The chapter has also announced the call for nominations for open positions on the 2018 NASW-Illinois Chapter Board of Directors. I have served the chapter through the board in multiple capacities over the years. I truly value the experiences, accomplishments, and relationships that have come from my time served. I know that my involvement has not only added to my personal growth as a clinician and administrator, but it has allowed me to lead social change and to add to our profession statewide and nationally. Please explore this opportunity as we value your expertise and talent.

I wish you a wonderful end to 2017. Thank you for your commitment to others, and to the profession, this past year. I hope that 2018 allows you time, strength, healing, joy, good health, and the opportunity to dream. 

Mary Gollings (MSW, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; LCSW) is currently social work supervisor at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, IL, overseeing clinical social workers in medicine and surgery services, primary care, and specialty clinics. Prior to serving the profession as supervisor, Mary worked in the VA system’s Geriatric Extended Care services and inpatient medicine service. She then served for several years as program coordinator and clinical social worker for veterans with sinal cord Injuries. Prior to joining the Jesse Brown VA, Mary worked at the Captain Lovell Federal Health Care Center. Mary has served on local, regional, and national committees to help with efforts on system redesign and process improvement as well as promotion of patient-centered care. She has also served on local and regional professional standard boards and continuing education committees to ensure that the highest level of professional standards in social work are met. Mary serves as field instructor for second-year MSW students and as mentor for social workers new to the professional field to assist them in their professional growth. Mary served on the NASW-Illinois Chapter Board of Directors since 2010 as member at-large and served as treasurer for the chapter’s Political Action Committee (PAC). Mary also served as chair of the 2015 NASW-Illinois Chapter Statewide Conference. She is an active volunteer with JDRF, mentoring children with Type One Diabetes and their families, as well as fundraising for research in the field.

Posted on 12/01/17 at 08:00 AM


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