Greetings from your Board!
Your Board of Directors felt like this was a good time to communicate with our members about the condition and future of WTPA. We are very excited to report that the WTPA Foundation has surpassed a milestone of $500,000. The earnings from this fund along with our earnings from our annual convention allow us to award in excess of $30,000 annually in scholarships to qualified pharmacy students interested in pursuing their careers in West Texas. Much of our good fortune is due directly to members, families and other business entities that have created permanently endowed scholarships through generous contributions to our Foundation. We encourage anyone with an interest in furthering the profession of pharmacy in West Texas to consider creating a permanently endowed scholarship. Creating an endowed scholarship from your estate is the perfect way to establish an enduring legacy for you, your family or company. A tax deductible contribution of $20,000, which can be paid in installments, will create a $1,000 annual scholarship that would be awarded in perpetuity. Over the last several years, we have had individuals, families, local associations and businesses contribute a $1,000 scholarship at our annual convention. These contributions are timely and valuable to the students and are very much appreciated. The scholarship committee encourages anyone to create a scholarship to be given at our upcoming spring convention. If you need any information about scholarships, don’t hesitate to contact any board member or you can view the scholarship section on our website.
Fredericksburg will be the site of our 2017 convention and seminar to be held at the Inn on Baron's Creek Hotel February 24-26. This is a beautiful facility and a great spot for us all to get together. Our conference in San Antonio this past April was hugely successful. Giving away 31 student scholarships was definitely the highlight of the weekend. All of us on the board are excited to be going to back to Fredericksburg and again expect this convention to be one of our best ever. We will be updating our website, www.westtexaspharmacy.org, with additional information about the meeting as it becomes available. Put this date on your calendar. If you have ever attended one of our conventions, you know how much fun it will be.
Lastly, your board members would like to take this opportunity to extend a “big” thank you for your continued support of WTPA. Frankly, without your support, pharmacy in West Texas would be taking a back seat to the rest of the state. See you in Fredericksburg!