Message from the Past President

Israel Franco, M.D.

Dear AAPU Members:

I am happy to inform all of you that we had another great meeting in Telluride, Colorado. Greg Dean, our outgoing president, put together a fabulous meeting with an awe inspiring background in the beautiful mountains surrounding Telluride. What's was even more spectacular, was that we had no major injuries this ski meeting unlike past meetings. As the incoming president, it is my job to arrange the next meeting which will be in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. There were suggestions that we consider the islands off the Easter lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico. Fortunately, we settled on Grand Cayman in July avoiding the disastrous effects of the hurricanes that swept through the are in September of 2018. Many of you had expressed interest in going to Cuba, but again, we dodged a bullet (or better say ultrasonic noise) since the state Department changed the rules of travel to Cuba, thereby making it off limits to casual travel.

At our next Meeting, January 22-25th, 2019, we will be staying at the Westin Hotel in Grand Cayman. We have made arrangements for breakfatst to be included in the rate and your discounted resort fee includes all non-motorized water sports equipment. The resort rooms will have all been recently updated by the time we arrive in January. The hotel is only a short 10 minute drive from the airport. There is direct airline service from most major cities to Grand Cayman making it easy for all to arrive. The Cayman islands are knonw for their fantastic scuba diving and fishing. For those of you who play golf, there will be access to the Ritz Carlton's nine-hole golf course which is considered one of the best in the Caribbean. For those that feel they need an 18 hole golf course, there is one that is a short distance away and will be available to us as well. Those who are more physically inclined, we will be arranged a Tennis tournament with a local pro who happened to be the president elect, Paul Austin's tennis foil when he was in Tampa. As usual we plan on having our local reception and farewell dinners, along with a short sailing trip in protected waters to a local sand bar where we will be able to swim with rays which amass in the area daily. Grand Cayman has numberous Michelin rated restaraunts and in some cases they are within walking distance from our hotel. A short distance from the hotel is the business center of town with high end shopping and numerous restaurants and piers.

We will be posting information about the meeting on the website and the reservation site is now open online to make reservations with the hotel. Maureen McCarthy will be our facilitator for this meeting. All in all, we anticipate having another great meeting where we will be able to speak freely amongst our peers and exchange ideas and techniques in an idyllic local. I implore our senior members to introduce their junior members to this wonderful educational and networking opportunity. I hope to see you all soon at the AUA and in the Grand Cayman in January 2019.

Israel Franco, MD

President, AAPU