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Greetings all,
Well after a week of balmy forty degree days and four days of intensive communications training and networking at the IABC World Conference, its back to reality: work and the goings on here in our local chapter. I'm writing on behalf of Kate this month as she is still on her way back from the world conference in the USA.

This was my first IABC World Conference, having previously only attended the regional one in Hong Kong in 2009. For those who haven’t attended an IABC world conference in the past – I highly recommend it. While the content tends not to be pitched at a terribly sophisticated level, the conference does still deliver value. A number of the sessions covered off emerging topics such as integrated reporting, emerging technologies and global megatrends and many of the speakers themselves were an inspiration to watch – so theatrical and engaging.

Another important aspect of the conference is the networking opportunities – and let me tell you they are plentiful! Having a Global Chair from our local chapter certainly helped open some doors, but opportunities abound and participants are by and large very generous with their time, open and good natured. From a chapter perspective it was great to meet in person with a number of people from global head office – including those who will be bringing out the IABC Stream at the World PR Forum (WPRF) and the Executive Accreditation Seminar both in Melbourne later this year. 

While in Chicago our Education Chair Belinda Lawrie and I met with representatives from Royal Roads University who will be running the EAS here in Melbourne later this year. I'm pleased to advise that the deadline for applications has been extended to 20 July 2012. The course in Melbourne will be the first time the EAS has been run outside North America. So… if you have been toying with the idea of getting your ABC, now could be the perfect time. It’s a lot cheaper and less time consuming than flying across to America to do it! To find out more, please contact our education chair, Belinda Lawrie.
Registrations for WPRF are still open and although the super early bird registration deadline has now passed, members can still access discounted rates on tickets. Single day registrations are also available. There are some pretty big names and interesting individuals coming out for the forum so it will be well worth the investment to attend.
Whilst in Chicago we were invited to attend a session about a revised gold quills submission process which should make submitting for an award a smoother process. We are keen to share some of these changes with you so stay tuned for information about a gold quills and accreditation round table in coming months.

Hard to believe it is almost 12 months since I joined the board, but here we are, July, and the AGM is almost upon us. We are currently seeking nominations from members wanting to join the Board so if you are interested in learning more about the inner workings of the IABC, and more specifically your local chapter, please, do let us know. If you do not wish to commit to a Board role then we do also have volunteering opportunities available. If you would like to know a little more about what is involved, Kate, Jen or I would be happy to share our journeys as IABC board members with you. Just shoot us a note via the Linked-in group or send us a tweet.

Well that all from me folks. I wish you all a very productive and communicative month and will return you to Kate’s capable hands for her final President’s letter in August.


Monika Lancucki

Vice-President IABC Victoria