<I talked via email to the president of the ANA- Maine, the new state wide ANA branch and the national ANA confirms to him that they have a record of me joining, but still no correspondence with me. Why would I want to join an organization that treats it's members (especially me personally) so poorly.>
If thats how they usually operate, I wouldnt want to either. But I dont think this is how they operate. I would give it a chance.
It sounds like you may have joined your state association at a very tense & disrupted period of time when the original MSNA was trying to pull the whole organization out of the ANA & separate its union nurses from its non-union nurses. Just to clarify - it wasnt the ANA that that cut you loose - it was the MSNA & its members who voted to pull you all out of the ANA. With the majority vote of the nurses who showed up to vote on it, they had the right to do so - if something is approved by the members who are there to vote, it gets done. (thats why its important to go to the conferences - to vote). That old biddie nurse may have just been venting her frustration at this whole situation.
Just for the record, the ANA went to court to try to stop the MSNA from cutting you all loose. But the court didnt agree. When all the dust settled, nurses who did not want to leave the ANA had gotten together & formed a new Maine state organization & called it ANA-Maine.
If I read this correctly, you were not treated warmly at a MSNA conference but taking into consideration what was going on at the MSNA at that contentious time, I guess people were understandably not in the best of moods then. Hopefully there is a better atmosphere among nurses in the new Maine-ANA organization.
About the correspondence, cant help you there......I dont know what youre missing. Most of your correspondence should come from your state assoc. The ANA website is extensive. Publications we all receive where ANA work, activity, plans, & other nursing issues are discussed in The American Journal of Nursing and our newspaper The American Nurse 2002 - both of which we get automatically
Anyway, Id give it a chance because ANA-Maine is a new association and may not have all the kinks worked out in their office yet. And Id continue to call the head of that association until I was satisfied that they were.
BTW, have you joined any of the committees that are of interest to you in your state association? Not that that has anything to do with your post but it helps a new member to learn more about the issues in your state and the association & helps nurses find their niche in the association where theyd best like to contribute their talents.
Have fun. See you in Philly in June???