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North American Quitline Consortium
Given current action in the U.S. and Canada around tobacco package labels, this is an historic time with unprecedented opportunities in the quitline community. The Board would like to maximize communication and take advantage of everyone's skills and input. Your NAQC Board of Directors recognizes its responsibility to connect with members and we do so, as individuals, in many ways.  The information derived from these linkages provides important context for the decisions made by the Board.  As well, the NAQC staff has regular exchanges with the membership through many communication vehicles such as e-bulletins and webinars and, as a result, provides critical operational and strategic information to the Board. By participating in the election of Directors and at the NAQC conference members create a direct link to the Board.

At a recent meeting, the Board reviewed various linkages it has with members and decided to connect with members through an e-bulletin after each quarterly meeting. The purpose of this communication is to update members on the key topics discussed at the meeting and to highlight the key topics for the next meeting.    

 The 2010/2011 Board of Directors had its last meeting July 21 and 22.  As an economy measure most of our meetings have been via teleconference, so we were pleased to have this meeting face to face.  It was an important meeting as it provided an opportunity to discuss the issues associated with the soon-to-be-released tobacco warning labels and how NAQC could best support its members.  Directors also discussed engaging members in a process to review and possibly update NAQC’s strategic goals and mission. We hope to solicit member ideas on these issues in late 2011 and to convene a dialogue during NAQC’s annual conference in August 2012 (the two days before the U.S. National Conference on Tobacco and Health). The Board uses a policy governance model so, in addition to these critical issues, various board and CEO reports were reviewed along with financial, audit and nomination committee reports.  Funding and sustainability remain critical topics on our agenda. (So please keep those membership renewals and funding suggestions coming in!)
The next meeting of the Board will take place October 3 & 4, 2011. I look forward to sending you a second e-bulletin at that time with an update on the process we will use to gain input from members on NAQC’s strategic goals and mission. In the meantime, please do let me know if you have any questions for the Board at Board@naquitline.org.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the Board,

Penny Thomsen
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