Hope you had a fulfilling 2014 and wish you all the best for the year ahead. 2014 was a very productive year for Blood Donors of America (BDA).
We had a huge increase in BDA membership, and state coordinators for most of United States were ap- pointed. Further, many successful blood drives were conducted through- out the country.
Previous executive bodies and current executive body, all state coordinators, advisors and all members are reason for this success.
We all should be proud of it. As organization grows and expands, sustained success and growth is achieved through increasing participation of its members.
Communication is a key in this regard. As a joint Secre- tary and IT committee chair, responsi- ble for developing and maintaining BDA website; communicating organization message to mass is my primary concern and a responsibility.
So far we have been doing a decent job in disseminating the message to mass via web site, group email and social media. With rapid growth, it is time for us to move to next step.
It’s time for us to start using more of technology to manage contact address;
Member list, past events, future events etc. So far we have been managing this manually in a spreadsheet. We would next look to have this information in a database so that we can manage it more efficiently. We can also make web page more dynamic.
This will be IT teams’ focus for 2015 to help rest of the team to take BDA to next level. This selfless act of donating blood can be a corner stone of positive contribution and help Nepali community show its true character and unite with peo- ple of all walks of life, live in peace and harmony in this land of opportunity, that most of us have made our adapted home. I along with our entire BDA family wish you all a wonderful new year 2015.
Manish Shakya Greenville, SC