As we juggle our practices, family life and commitments to certain professional organizations, we sometimes get so busy that we forget to show our gratitude to the people who have helped us in these important aspects of our lives.
I reflected on this today after a colleague sent me a link to the University of Texas' alumni publication, which featured an article about Leah Raye Mabry, M.D., R.Ph., of San Antonio.
The article is a fun, first-person account of Leah Raye's experience as the first woman drummer in the Longhorn marching band. Those who know Leah Raye won't be surprised to learn she was a trailblazer.
It's worth clicking on the link just to see the photo of the future Speaker of the Congress of Delegates in her marching band uniform, cheering on the sidelines at a UT game.
At our recent Congress, Leah Raye told the delegates, "When you are called to serve this organization, you've got to do it."
She certainly has backed that up. Leah Raye served six years on the AAFP Board of Directors, three as Vice Speaker and three more as Speaker. The Texan wasn't one to be trifled with when trying to move a meeting along.
"I'm on hormones, and I'm packing," she liked to say.
Leah Raye also served on the Academy's Commission on Health of the Public and Science, the Commission on Finance and Insurance and numerous other task forces and committees.
She served on the board of directors of the Texas AFP, including terms as president, vice president and treasurer. The state chapter awarded her its Presidential Award of Merit earlier this year.
This year's Congress was Leah Raye's last as Speaker. The event also marked the end of terms for Board Chair Lori Heim, M.D., of Vass, N.C.; board members Thomas Felger, M.D., of Granger, Ind., and George Shannon, M.D. of Columbus, Ga.; new physician member Russell Kohl, M.D., of Vinita, Okla.; resident member Heidi Meyer, M.D., of San Diego; and student member Kevin Bernstein, M.D., of Pensacola, Fla.
Thanks to all of you for your service. You have made lasting contributions that are greatly appreciated.