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Our President first attended an International Convention in Louisville, KY 1985 (President Sylvia L. Cash, CPS). She joined that year while it was still NSA and was the delegate. Theme: Professional Performance

My first International Convention was in Hollywood, FL 1979 (President Beverly H. Hamby, CPS) right after my CPS certification.  I had joined in 1975 and it was NSA and I attended as delegate.  Theme: NSA The Professional Way

How curious the next two EFAM's are in Louisville and then Hollywood.  How sad we won't represent our chapter at either one.
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They deleted my blog with the information sent directly from my Washington-Alaska Division President about all the changes.

Now, that IS censorship.
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Here goes. I'm not only getting on my "soap-box". I'm also posting my first blog ever anywhere.

Changes in IAAP

 

I think there are several aspects to what is going on with members’ reactions to the IAAP structure change from chapters and divisions to branches.

 

How a message is received depends on the individual. For some it is important to hear about changes early on in the consideration process. It gives them a sense of security and control. Others would rather hear about a change after the decision is made. They would rather “get used to the idea” after it is decided. The choice was made to announce the decision after it was made. Now is the opportunity to move forward and determine whether to be part of the change and how to be part of the change.

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     When I first heard about the massive changes in the IAAP structure, I felt a momentary sense of panic, very soon followed by a sense of relief.  I agree with many blogs I have read in that the old way wasn't working, i.e. the recycling of the same board members, inability to attract new members without "giving away the store", etc.  And . . . everyone agrees that change is critical if we intend to grow, but change is painful for many.  I have often heard the phrase, "The devil you know is better than the one you don't."  Well, thank goodness there is a new plan.
     I know there are to be "branches" in the new organization, although it is a mystery as to how that will be employed.  When I read that HQ is accepting questions and suggestions, I wondered how I could get involved in this change.  I believe that those of us who are willing to take leadership responsibilities should also be the ones who volunteer to be part of the new changes.  I, for one, would like to have a voice in how these processes evolve, and I firmly believe that with thought-provoking questions along with rational suggestions, our voices can be heard.
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Wow! What a timely message in the face of changes coming.
Delayed flight, a spontaneous applause, and the leadership skill you can't ignore
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I believe we can all agree that we value our IAAP membership and want our Association to remain relevant.  To revitalize is to bring new life to something, to add vigor, to bring forth vitality.  To get our Association to where it needs to be will be a long and winding path, with many bumps along the way.  While we may not all agree with the path that is set before us, if we want to see and benefit from the end result, that is IAAP continuing as an Association for the next 72 years and beyond, then we, too, must either walk the path, or seek another path that we feel best suits us.

I am excited about the forthcoming changes.  I admit, that as incoming 2014-2015 Chapter President, I have some anxiety about what my year as President will encompass.  I am ready to face the challenge, realizing that as a Chapter leader, challenges are inevitable.

I  have registered for the May 6th Town Hall Meeting, and expect to gain some additional clarification on where IAAP is headed. 

The unknown is scary and causes us to be filled with apprehension.  I plan to keep an open mind, knowing that our IAAP leaders want the best for our Association.
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I've been trying to register since yesterday but it says "Page Not Found."  I've tried from work and from home - no luck.  Anyone else having this problem? 

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IAAP is overhauling its organizational structure. We have been told the current hierarchial org chart structure is badly out-dated.

Seeing as how IAAP has been using the same basic structure for 72 years, that should be expected. But hearing that districts, divisions and chapters will be replaced with branches was a bit of a blow to me personally.

I joined IAAP in 2002 as a member of the Charlotte chapter. In spring of 2005, I and one other member decided to act on what we had been thinking for a long time - that Charlotte was big enough for more than the 2 chapters of that time (Charlotte and Metrolina), and that there really should be one in uptown (we call our central business district uptown because it is a higher elevation than the surrounding neighborhoods, so back before cars you would walk up the hill to get to uptown).

So we began the work of trying to find 13 others to join us in forming an uptown chapter. We found a crew at one of the big banks who wanted to join, but thought we should meet during the workday instead of after work. I was OK with this, the other member wasn't. Then in early 2008, my boss asked me to contact another high-ranking person from another company to have a meeting. The other guy's admin answered my email, and we worked out the meeting. Then I asked his admin about the "CAP" at the end of her name. It turned out she, and about half a dozen other admins at her company were part of that company's IAAP corporate chapter, which was disbanding and the IAAP members in Charlotte were trying to figure out what to do. I met with them and told them what I was building. They joined the effort as well. We were still a couple people short of the 15 required to start a chapter. We eventually found them and chartered the Charlotte Center City chapter on April 18, 2009.
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CURIOUS HOW THE PAST BECOMES THE PRESENT THEN THE FUTURE - this is a blog of mine from May, 2013

How about a new Structure to go with dues?  You know you  are thinking it – this is me saying it.

 Fact:  We are losing members – whether economics, interests, geography, they go

Intervention:  We try to recruit using traditional methods, make special dues deals, hunt down MAL and prior members, and hold membership drives where maybe 1 in 10 may join – an incentive is being part of MOE.  We may lower our chapter dues or waive them for a time period; same at division level.

Fact:  Members are a lot less interested in holding office or even attending in-person meetings.

Intervention:  We have fewer officers and sometimes fewer meetings; that means no BOD but business at the program meetings or business telephonically, through e-mail or other means.  Again, an incentive is being part of MOE.  My chapter has 2 officers:

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Dear Members:
Throughout the year following the Futures Conference—where we met with approximately 200 member and nonmember stakeholders—IAAP leadership and staff have maintained the momentum and continued the important dialogue with you, our members. By convening focus groups, distributing surveys and compiling more research over the last 18 months, as well as commissioning several working groups, what we learned is this. In order to grow, remain relevant and support members with tools to succeed, we must reimagine and revitalize IAAP. These are the themes we heard loud and clear from the membership:

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. CDT

Presented by: Dana C. Morgan CAP-OM

“Discover and Develop Your Strengths: Strength Finder 2.0”

1.5 Recertification points have been approved for this webinar.

Registration link: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EA54DB83834A3B

Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.

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Have you ever looked back on your life and given serious thought as to where you are today and how you got where you are?  Can you recall specific moments in your life where either a specific choice you made, being in the right place at the right time, or with the assistance from someone else had set you on a new path that has led you to where you are today?

I've been in the administrative field for almost 20 years and I can recall specific moments in my life and in my career when someone has provided guidance or assistance to me that shaped me into who I am today.

The first moment in my life was when I was hired as an administrative professional at my company.  I had no work experience, only a certificate from Chubb Institute.  I later found out that the woman in human resources who hired me was looking for someone from Chubb who was learning the same skills as her sister (her sister was in my class-and she couldn't hire her sister).  There were other individuals in my class....what made her pick me?  Never really knew, but I'm glad she took a chance on me.  I'm so grateful for the opportunity she offered me.

As we approach Administrative Professionals Week/Day, I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to reflect on your journey in your career and remember those who may have helped you along the way.  And then, think about how you can pay it forward to another administrative professional.  Perhaps you have a specific skill you can teach them.  Maybe you can put in a good word for someone who is looking for a new position.  Or it may simply just be an offer of support to someone who may be overloaded.  However you choose to pay it forward, it's your choice.  What a wonderful gift it is when you give something of yourself.
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I come from a family of Kansas farmers, all across my family, for many generations. As I prepare to leave the Navy and what I’ve known for 20 years to embark, or disembark some might say, into what lies ahead, I find myself thinking often of farming. I suppose I’m finding some comfort from the way many of my family has built their lives, pondering the similarities of farming to this new transition in my life. I feel like I’m planting my own “seeds” of sorts.
I’ve been caring for and growing Sailors for 20 years; that I know how to do. But now, I need to grow myself, and this is unchartered, challenging territory for me. I’m inclined to think many others have experienced the feelings and questions I have as they too transitioned from the military into civilian life. What I know how to do, I can do in the civilian world, Admin is Admin; Leadership is Leadership. But the language is slightly different, and sometimes I feel like I’m learning to write with my left hand.
While I didn’t farm in the Navy, or honestly, never personally – I keep coming back to farmers, and wonder if the questions I have about the actions I’m taking to “grow my own seed” are similar to what went through the minds of many a farmer when planting crops. Will the seeds I’ve planted come to fruition the way I desire, the way I need them to in order to provide for my family? What am I not thinking of, what unforeseen events are on the horizon that could affect those seeds and their growth? Do I have all the knowledge and the tools I need in order to see those seeds through their growth?
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I come from a family of Kansas farmers, all across my family, for many generations. As I prepare to leave the Navy and what I’ve known for 20 years to embark, or disembark some might say, into what lies ahead, I find myself thinking often of farming. I suppose I’m finding some comfort from the way many of my family has built their lives, pondering the similarities of farming to this new transition in my life. I feel like I’m planting my own “seeds” of sorts.
I’ve been caring for and growing Sailors for 20 years; that I know how to do. But now, I need to grow myself, and this is unchartered, challenging territory for me. I’m inclined to think many others have experienced the feelings and questions I have as they too transitioned from the military into civilian life. What I know how to do, I can do in the civilian world, Admin is Admin; Leadership is Leadership. But the language is slightly different, and sometimes I feel like I’m learning to write with my left hand.
While I didn’t farm in the Navy, or honestly, never personally – I keep coming back to farmers, and wonder if the questions I have about the actions I’m taking to “grow my own seed” are similar to what went through the minds of many a farmer when planting crops. Will the seeds I’ve planted come to fruition the way I desire, the way I need them to in order to provide for my family? What am I not thinking of, what unforeseen events are on the horizon that could affect those seeds and their growth? Do I have all the knowledge and the tools I need in order to see those seeds through their growth?
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Embracing Optimism Checklist!
Notice and pause negative thoughts - substitute a positive thought for a positive new feeling
Find the good in all around you
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The Foundation of IAAP is excited to be hosting the 2nd Annual Silent Auction as part of EFAM 2014 in Milwaukee, WI. The money raised will go toward The Foundation of IAAP's mission, which supports career education, research and training for office professionals, in addition to housing assistance for those ages 55 or older. 

We need YOUR help to ensure we reach our goal of raising $27,000 for The Foundation. IAAP divisions are encouraged to coordinate with their chapters and donate at least three items/baskets each with a minimum value of $50. Of course, we will take donations from individuals as long they are representative of our $50 minimum value. Anything donated with a value of less than $50 may be bundled with other items.

This year we will be unveiling a new feature for the Silent Auction – On-Line Bidding!

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Please join the Downtown Milwaukee Chapter on April 8th from 7:00pm to 8:00pm for a webinar on Event Planning with LaTonya Blount. This program will teach the basics of meeting and event planning. We will discuss the logistics on how to make sure your events are successful. It is more than listing a location and speakers. There are hidden pitfalls that can destroy an event’s bottom line. We will talk about hidden charges and fees. Please click here to register  The members will learn the following:

1.     How to plan an event (start with the history)

2.     Site visit (what to look for, which venue is right for your group)

3.     Clauses you need to watch out for (attrition, food and beverage, force majeure, AV)

4.     Rate, date, and space (what this means)

5.    

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I struggled with the focus of this month’s message.  My personality and outlook is perpetually upbeat, positive and cheery.  Then it dawned on me – share your story about a not so upbeat, positive and cheery time in your life and how you managed to overcome it.

It all began with retiring from my position of fourteen years and moving to a new state.  Excitement and apprehension were the by-words that described my demeanor.  April 16, 2010 was my last day at work; April 28, 2010, we began our drive from New Jersey, where I was born and raised, to South Carolina, followed by the moving van filled with 300 packed boxes of possessions.

The first few weeks there wasn’t time to think about anything except all the business and work that accompanies a major move; however, after three weeks, I found myself waking up miserable; plodding through a miserable day; returning to bed miserable – all to begin the cycle all over day after day after day.

Now everyone that knows me would describe me as a glass half-full kind of girl, often writing or speaking about always seeing the positive in every negative.  Well, now I was mired in self-pity not seeing any glass half full; feeling sorry for myself; and missing my home state, family and friends.  Mind you, there were other times in my life when I held a pity party for myself; however, it was usually for a day or two.  This party lasted one whole year!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. CDT

Presented by: Dana C. Morgan CAP-OM

“Discover and Develop Your Strengths: Strength Finder 2.0”

1.5 Recertification points have been approved for this webinar.

Registration link: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EA54DB83834A3B

Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.

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