As the immediate Past President of RAM, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who was able to make it to Petoskey for participating in our 30th Annual Conference and Meeting. We not only learned a great deal about childhood psychiatric disorders, the Baby Veronica case and the new Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act, the new Limited English Proficiency requirements, and case law updates, but also had a great time catching up with old friends and meeting new Referees.

At our Annual Membership meeting, the membership voted to accept the new Constitution and By-Laws (with one correction), heard updates from each of the committee chairs (including Ron Foon’s updates on a whole package of proposed child support and domestic relations legislation) and voted in new officers and board members for a two year term.

           Congratulations to our New Officers:
              •   President - Amanda Kole of Macomb County
              •   Vice President - Sahera Housey of Oakland County
              •   Secretary - Nancy Parshall of Midland County
              •   Treasurer - Michelle Barry of Oakland County

           To our New Board Members:
              •   Pat Leary of Shiawassee County
              •   Susan Murphy of Jackson County

           And to our Continuing Board Members:
              •   Dave Bilson of Oakland County
              •   Kristi Drake of Lenawee County
              •   Deb McNabb of Kent County
              •   Lorie Savin of Oakland County
              •   Art Spears of Oakland County
              •   Shelley Spivack of Genesee County

Again, I want to thank the conference committee — Sahera Housey, Mark Sherbow, Lorie Savin, and Libby Blanchard — for all of the hard work they did throughout the year to make the conference a success.

Congratulations to the following members (and non-members) who were recognized for their service and contributions to RAM at the 30th Annual Conference:

  Ken Randall, President’s Award
In recognition of his integrity, professionalism, and years of devoted service to the Referees Association of Michigan.

Bruce Himrod, Service to the Board Award
In recognition of his diligence, dedication, and accuracy in assisting and completing all financial reports on behalf of the Referees Association of Michigan.

Adrian Spinks, Outstanding Recognition Award
In recognition of his 25+ years of service and dedication to the Referees Association of Michigan.

Lorie Savin, Active Member Award
In recognition of her dedication and contributions to the Referees Association of Michigan as Editor of the Referees Quarterly, Chair of the Ethics Committee, and Member of the Conference and By-Laws Committees.

Ron Foon & Mike Krellwitz
In recognition of over 30 years of service as Referees.

In addition to these awards, we also recognized members for their years of service as Referees and our newest members.

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May 21, 2014 - May 23, 2014

Stafford's Perry Hotel in Petoskey, Michigan

Wednesday. May 21, 2014:

12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Conference Registration
2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Presentation - Part II: Michael Freytag, MA, LPC, NCC, CBT, TFT, Dx, will be presenting on the nature of children’s illnesses, including, autism, bi-polar disorder, Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder (ADHD). He will discuss how they are diagnosed, the various methods of treatment and medications, including when and when not to use. His focus will be on enabling Referees to determine how best to handle children and families with these diagnoses.
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite: Meet and greet fellow Referees.
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Group Dinner: Stafford's Perry Hotel
8:00 p.m. to ??? Hospitality Suite will be open. Come and enjoy some rest and relaxation!

Thursday. May 22, 2014:

7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Presentation: Hon. Allie Greenleaf Maldonado, Chief Judge Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and Kathryn E. Fort, Michigan State University College of LawBaby Veronica and the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act.
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own.
1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Presentation: Robin Eagleson Limited English Proficiency (LEP), MCR 2.507(D), MCR 1.111, MCR 8.127 and Administrative Order 2014-08. What the court needs to know and consider in appointing foreign language interpreters.
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Presentation: Presentation: Natalie Alane, Alane & Chartier, Lansing, Michigan. Ms. Alane will address the Medical Marijuana Act (MMA) in relation to custody and parenting time issues, including current law and trends toward the future.
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Joint Roundtable Discussion: Topic to be Announced
6:00 p.m. to ??? Dinner on your own.
5:00 p.m. to ??? Hospitality Suite will be open.

Friday. May 23, 2014:

8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Annual Membership Meeting. All are welcome to attend.
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Presentation: Edward Messing Case Law Update.
11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Awards Ceremony and Conclusion of Conference. (Please turn in your evaluation forms.)

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