Dr. Courtney Fitzhugh, President, opened the meeting at 7:45 PM and welcomed the new members and guests to our annual meeting; she spoke briefly about the history and raison d’être for this Society. She mentioned Dr. Alexis Thompson, a past president of our Society. Dr. Thompson will assume the ASH offices of President-elect at this ASH meeting and President in 2018. She mentioned that the ASH Foundation will be sponsoring policy activism and financial support for sickle cell programs. See the ASH website for further details. Dr. Fitzhugh noted that the anonymous donor who wished to support travel and expenses for a physician or scientist to present at this year’s annual dinner-meeting had unfortunately diverted the funds to another purpose.