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Apr 16

Executive Director’s April 2015 Update

Posted on April 16, 2015 at 5:47 PM by Denice Cox

The 2015 first quarter has been a busy one for the Organization. First and foremost, IIMC hired Dr. Jane Anne Long as its Director of Professional Development.   It’s been nearly six years since IIMC had an Education Director. Dr. Long brings with her a wealth of experience and is familiar with IIMC, the Institute Programs and developing online education programs.  IIMC also hired Connie Parker, CPA, as our Finance Consultant. Connie oversees our monthly finances and works with staff to ensure financial compliance.  Other highlights include:

IIMC Constitution
IIMC’s revised Constitution is now available to read in the February and March online News Digest. It’s also on our web site.  The Constitution will be on the Agenda at the Annual Business Meeting in Hartford.

2015 – 2018 Incoming Board
Vice President — Mary Kayser, MMC, Ft. Worth, TX; Region I – Carol Anderson, CMC, Torrington, CT; Region III – Lisa Vierling, MMC, High Point, NC; Region IV - Diane Whitbey, MMC, North Little Rock, AR; Region V – Mary Johnston, MMC, Westerville, OH; Region VI — Pam DeMouth, CMC, Ankeny, IA; Region VII – Brian “Petie” Ruch, MMC, Beardstown, IL; Region IX – Tracy Davis, MMC, Keizer, OR; and Region XI — Jaap Paans, MMC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Bruce Poole, MMC, is replacing Sam Shippen, CMC, as Region XI Director.

2015 Study Abroad Program
The Program has 20 registrants ready to participate in this unique opportunity to learn and travel. The Program will focus on the New England region and conclude at the Conference in Hartford.

MCEF Education Funds – Giving Back to Members
Thanks to MCEF’s education funding, IIMC received a record 59 applications for the 2015 Conference Region Grants. This program allows two members to apply and receive complimentary Conference registration in Hartford.   MCEF’s CMC/MMC Scholarships received 40 applications for education funds to use toward Institute programs.

Online Courses
IIMC’s third online course, Ethics, with Captus Press was launched last month.   IIMC also makes available the University of Phoenix online courses as an online learning opportunity, another option for members to take advantage of online learning opportunities.

2015 Conference – Hartford, CT
For the first time in many years, IIMC sold out its two conference hotels within 60 days after publishing the information. We have added a third hotel. This year’s four-day conference will be exceptional with a full morning to late afternoon schedule.

Member Services
Member Services launched a recruitment program aimed at Small Municipalities (pop. under 2,100) Member Drive in January 2014. Today, the drive has brought in 168 new members.

Education Department Survey
The Department launched an education survey to all members last month regarding members’ education needs, demographics and more. The last time IIMC conducted a membership wide survey was in 2008.  The Department, working with the Education Resource Group, will use the information to create a report on IIMC Education that will be presented to the Board in May and later to the membership.

2020 Annual Conference RFP
The 2020 Annual Conference Request for Proposal is now available on our website.  Anyone interested in hosting an IIMC Annual Conference can contact Executive Director Chris Shalby or download and complete the RFP and return it to HQ.

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