Be sure to check out the post about the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter’s annual professional evening March 11.
The highlights and broad conclusions of the 2014 alumni chapter survey have been posted under “Docs“. Check out the results to see what the chapter might do to continuously improve throughout the year. If you have other ideas don’t wait until the next survey… feel free to reach out to one of the chapter officers.
It was an exciting weekend in Chicago. Feb 21 – 23, 2014 was the North Central LEAD Provincial Conference. 6 members of the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter were in attendance. At the Provincial Council Meeting, Jillian was sworn in by Grand President Onuka Ibe as Great Plains RVP after winning the special election in early February. (Later at the regional meetings Phil was introduced to the Alpha Iota Chapter as their new District Director, replacing Jillian.) The Provincial Council voted to approve the 2014-2015 provincial budget, picked the American Cancer Society for a community service focus for 2014-2015, failed to pass a bylaw proposal (more below), and recommended Grand Rapids, MI for the 2015 Provincial LEAD location.
There was a proposed bylaw amendment at LEAD that the council ultimately did not adopt. It was to create the position of “Vice-President-Alumni Relations” on the Board of Directors. This VP would then chair the Alumni Committee which would replace the current Alumni Development Committee (the chair of which is appointed by the Grand President). While many agree that the system for engaging alumni and alumni chapters is not working well (more below), the majority of delegates did not believe this change to the board structure would resolve the problem.
One of the breakout sessions at LEAD was the Alumni Chapter Council Meetings. Many alumni chapters were represented and people had the opportunity to talk about what their chapters were struggling with and ideas for improvements. There was lots of agreement that the current support and resources for alumni chapters could be changed for the better. The Milwaukee alumni chapter mentioned some good ideas including an in-depth survey they conducted as well as a successful mentoring program. The Indianapolis Alumni Chapter shared an informational card they produced to help inform people about their alumni chapter (see pic). It folds in half to be the size of a business card.