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4th Annual NASW Pioneers Program and Luncheon

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2008 Pioneer Program


Over 100 NASW Pioneers and guests attended the fourth annual NASW Pioneers program luncheon on October 25, 2008, at a private club in Washington, DC. Bernice Catherine Harper was Chair of the Planning Committee with members Dorothy V. Harris, Co Chair, Beryl Carter Rice, Joan 0. Weiss, Kenneth Carpenter, Jessie Smith, Elizabeth Watkins, Steve Hornberger, Norma (Cindy) Gray Jones, Patricia Martin-O'Meally, and Barbara Soniat. Eleven states were represented. The theme of the program was "Social Work: Spanning Boundaries to Address Complex Needs and Fragmented Solutions".

Mark G. Battle, Co-Chair of the Pioneer Steering Committee, served as the Moderator and Elvira Craig de Silva, Past-President, NASW, gave the Welcoming Remarks. Jessie Smith reported on NASW's Legacy Project. Mark Battle introduced the newly nominated NASW Pioneers who were present including Evelyn Kays-Battle, Constantine Klederas, Marguerite Hodge, Cudore Snell, Elvira Craig de Silva, Marjorie Brittain Hammock, and Isadora Hare.  He also noted that Betty Broadhurst, Joan Parry, Esther Glasser, Grace Hewell, Warren Lamson, David Austin, James Karls, Diana Ming Chan, Frances Lomas Feldman, and Ruth Knee had died during the year.

Steve Hornberger introduced the speaker of the morning, Katherine H. Briar-Lawson, PhD, MSW, Dean, School of Social Welfare, University of New York, Albany, New York. She spoke on the program's theme, "Social Work: Spanning Boundaries to Address Complex Needs and Fragmented Solutions".

At the luncheon Jack Hansan paid tribute to Ruth Knee who died October 8, 2008. She was Co- chair of the NASW Pioneer Steering Committee and had been active in NASW since its founding having been on the board on several occasions as well as a member of several committees and commissions. He unveiled a portrait of Ruth Knee which will be placed in the NASW Pioneers Room. He also unveiled a portrait of Mark Battle, who along with Ruth Knee, was Co-Chair of the NASW Social Work Pioneers Steering Committee. His portrait will also be placed in the NASW Pioneer Room.

Following lunch there was a panel discussion on "Social Work Practice, Education and Research to Enhance Life Opportunities and Improve Quality of Service". The panelists were Patricia O"Donnell, PhD, LICSW, ACSW, Director, Center for Ethics INOVA Health Systems, Springfield, Virginia, and Robert A. Mays, Jr., PhD, MSW, Associate Director, Office for Special Populations and Office of Rural Mental Health Research, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland. Helen Rehr, DSW, ACSW, Professor, Community Medicine (Social Work) Emerita, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York, concluded the program by discussing New York's Pioneers Report on Social Work Practice, Education and Research Concerns.

Bernice Harper gave the closing remarks noting that the next NASW Social Work Pioneer Luncheon will be held October 24, 2009. It will be the fifth such luncheon. 2009 will also be the fifteenth anniversary of the founding of the NASW Social Work Pioneers.

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