This month has been one of small victories for our Chapter.
Not only has IABC Head Office (HO) now doubled the number of World Conference scholarships on offer (from one to two), but also we appear to have made some headway with open communication and consultation seemingly now high on their agenda.
Disappointingly, at the start of the month we were told that this year there would not be an Asia Pacific conference. Mirella Manganaro and myself participated in a teleconference with Julie Freeman (IABC Chair) and Michele Cushnie (Professional Development) to discuss the reasons behind this decision. I strongly debated the importance of holding a regional conference and that ,as a Chapter, we firmly believe in the value of the event. Unfortunately, the decision to run the conference biennially had already been made. Head Office did, however, offer an alternative in the form of a travelling road show. The Victorian Board reviewed the road show proposal but deemed it unsuitable for the Chapter’s operations this year.
It was in this forum that I was able to reinforce to Julie and Michele that sometimes us folk down under don’t get the opportunity to ‘Be Heard’. I stressed the importance of consulting with Chapter leaders and members alike to ensure we overcome any regional and cross-country challenges.
HO has heard our voice though, and has recently reached out to Jennifer Frahm and myself through regional coordinator, Michael Mead. We have put forward a “wish list” of things we would like to see eventuate in the region which included ideas such as funding to support a local ABC Accreditation study group, subsidising events (a free member only breakfast), membership giveaways and keynote speaker(s). Stay tuned for the results; we’ll keep you posted.
Which gets me back to those Scholarships… If you’re considering attending the 2011 World Conference in San Diego, this is your chance. In one page, prepare a compelling case for how both you and your chapter would benefit by attending the IABC World Conference 2011. Submissions are to be made to firstname.lastname@example.org by COB 12 May. More details and criteria for entry here.
On a finishing note, we are all shining our shoes and dusting off the glad rags in preparation for the 2011 IABC Victoria Gala Dinner. In two weeks time the Hilton on the Park will be filled with some of the state’s best communicators. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.
I look forward to seeing you there!
President Elect 2011/12