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Have you signed into ARMA’s new website? This new site allows our members to interact and connect. New features are available just for chapters - the groups feature. Each chapter now has a private community group just for their members. One must be signed in and a member of your chapter to see and participate in your group page.
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Catch up on the Chapter news and information that's important to you! Get the January 2018 Issue here.
- AIEF: Call for Researchers: Industry in One Series: February 9
- Groups Area Live Q&A Session: February 12
- Community Open Forum: February 16
- Mentorship Program Applications: March 2
- AIEF: 2018 Graduate Scholarship Awards Now Available: March 30
U.S. Region Leadership Conferences: In 2018, the four U.S. Based RLC’s will be planned and managed by their respective regions. Alongside a working group of region and chapter leaders, we explored revising this structure and collected additional feedback in person at the events and from the chapter leader survey. Chapter leaders should expect to hear from their region leaders about the 2018 conference.
Chapters at Work: See what fellow chapters are doing to make an impact throughout our community.
The Liberty Bell Chapter of ARMA is experiencing the same thing every other chapter is; a downsizing of our member base through retirement, industry job change, or personal decisions made by a member. Like everyone else, we try our best to retain our current members while finding ways to reach out to bring in new members. With our new board that started July 1, 2017, I encouraged them to think outside the box and bring their creativity to the table to come up with an event that was different, which could help us accomplish our outreach goals. They did just that, and I support their recommendation 100%.
Over the last few years, other associations have been created. These associations may not have the same focus on information management as we do. Some of them may focus on a specific part of our purpose. But if you look closely you’ll find things that tie us all together.
With that in mind, the Board recommended two things;
- Stop looking at other associations as “competing” associations. Look at them as friends that can share information, knowledge, and yes, even membership.
- Use our January 2018 Dinner Meeting to host representatives from three associations and allow them to tell their story.
We kept the format of our meeting very simple. Each association had 20 minutes to talk to the attendees about its history, if it had chapters/regions like we do, if it had meetings/seminars like we do, and what its current focus and initiatives are. At the end of each presentation, the attendees would have an opportunity to ask questions. We also encouraged each association to bring literature about how to join that association as a member.
Joining us for the dinner meeting was;
- Nikki Perella: ACEDS Philadelphia Chapter
- Tami Montroy: SePHIMA – (AHIMA)
- Stacey Haurin and Eugene Desyatnik: DAMA Philadelphia
Looking back on that evening, I can say without any hesitation it was a success. Our attendance was higher because it wasn’t just ARMA attendees hearing about three other associations. We had attendees from the other three associations as well. Each of the sessions was very interactive as the attendees were asking questions of each association representative, not only at the end of their presentation, but during as well. We had our members taking the literature of the other associations saying they would consider looking into them as a member, and we had the other association members tell us how much they enjoyed the evening and would consider coming back for a future meeting of our chapter. All results were very positive.
In retrospect, we’ve made new friends and we’re planting seeds for growing the chapter in the future.
Our chapter is already planning to host a “Friends of ARMA Outreach” meeting on next season’s schedule with different associations than we had this year.
Bottom Line . . . You can NEVER have enough friends!!!
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