As I prepare my final message to the membership of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, I find myself reflecting upon the past year. SOFT has experienced many important milestones, but most importantly, the SOFT Office is now managed by Executive Director Beth Olson and Administrative Assistant CC Watson. All organizational business is facilitated in a timely, professional and responsible manner.
Days prior to the joint meeting of SOFT and TIAFT, Hurricane Irma formed near the Cape Verde Islands, rapidly intensified, and impacted the U.S. as a devastating Category 4 hurricane. The path of the hurricane was difficult to predict and was initially forecast to impact Boca Raton directly. After many hours of discussion amongst the SOFT leadership and meeting hosts, it was decided that the meeting must be postponed to ensure the safety of our attendees.
Beth Olson led the negotiations with the Waldorf Astoria Boca Raton Resort & Club successfully rescheduling the annual meeting for the second week of January, an ideal time to visit Florida. In addition, meeting hosts Dan Anderson and Ruth Winecker, meeting treasurer Marc LeBeau, scientific chairs Robert Johnson and Robert Kronstrand, workshop chairs Diane Boland and Frank Peters, and vendor liaison Jarrad Wagner worked diligently, and after many hours of preparation, were able to successfully replicate the meeting. I would like to express my gratitude to the entire SOFT-TIAFT Planning Committee for committing to an additional four months in their volunteer roles without hesitation. The revised program is nearly identical to the originally planned meeting. The meeting will be well attended and offer an exceptional variety of scientific presentations and social events.
It has been the utmost honor and privilege to serve as the President of SOFT, and I am looking forward to continued association with and service to our esteemed organization. Finally, I wish our incoming President, Michelle Peace, abundant success in her future endeavors.
Best wishes for a safe journey to Boca Raton.
Bruce Goldberger, Ph.D.
SOFT 2017 President