The original Articles of Incorporation were accepted for filing by the State of Missouri on December 8th, 1969. The original Bylaws were signed by 5 Directors: James H. Allen, M.D., H. Frankl Holman, M.D., Noel R. Lewis, M.D., William R. McPhee, M.D. and Othello D. Smith, M.D. In 1990 those documents were amended and approved by Directors J. Bradley Arthaud, M.D., Robert Breckenridge, Jr., M.D., Bill Dorzab, M.D., H. Neal Grannemann, M.D. and Art C. Raborar, M.D. Robert F. Cheek, M.D., Joseph A. Lombardo, M.D., Douglas A. Anderson, M.D., John S. Meyer, M.D., and Laura J. Gardner, M.D ratified in 2008 the Amended and Restated Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation.
The Missouri Society of Pathologists is the only organization within Missouri that works on a state level on behalf of all Missouri Pathologists. As an incorporated body of professionals we are recognized by the state and federal governments. As a state professional organization we are recognized by associations of other state and national groups of healthcare professionals and companies. The Board of Directors and Officers work on your behalf and are responsive to concerns and questions that you may have therefore allowing you to concentrate on performing the best in your particular job role.
A top ten list of reasons to join the MSP in no particular order are:
1. There is arguably more value in a $100 MSP membership than any other professional group.
2. The strength of an organization is directly related to the number of its members.
3. The viability of the MSP depends on adequate funding in its accounts.
4. MSP leadership will be able to get your input on issues important to pathology.
5. Assuring you a strong voice in Jefferson City for relevant legislation.
6. MSP can interface with other pathology organizations and represent you.
7. Free attendance at the Annual MSP Meetings.
8. Free CME at the Annual MSP meetings for combined MSP/MSMA members.
9. Opportunities to network with pathologists from all over the state.
10. Volunteer opportunities for a leadership position allowing you to grow professionally.
For the above stated reasons and after due consideration, the MSP Board of Directors voted in 2008 to increase dues to $100/year. Our membership cycle for the last seven years has started with the mailing of the first newsletter of the new year. The decision to increase dues is based on a need to shore up the general fund and provide more operating funds. Also, it brings the MSP in alignment with other state pathology society dues determined by a CAP survey conducted in 2006.