E-Mail from Bob
Collins, CFPIM, CIRM, APICS President-Elect, announcing Town Meetings:
As a result, the APICS Board of Directors has taken a careful look at APICS and what it needs to do to build a successful future. There was consensus on the board that the society needed to unite around goals that everyone believes in and supports. The board chose to undertake a strategic planning process, focusing on defining priorities for the next two to three years and agreeing on a plan of action to move forward. For complete information on the APICS Strategic Direction, log onto the Members-Only Section of the APICS Web site and from the left-hand navigation bar, click on Strategic Direction.
We are holding two virtual town hall meetings to walk you through the plan elements, and most importantly, receive your feedback and hear your comments on positioning APICS for future success. We are scheduling two one-hour virtual town hall meetings to enable the maximum number of chapter volunteers to participate in the virtual meeting. The town hall meetings will be held:
18, at 2:00 p.m. ET
To participate in the virtual town hall meeting, you will need a computer, an Internet connection, and a telephone as the audio portion of the meeting is delivered by telephone and not through the Web. Complete details on how to log onto the virtual town hall meeting will be posted to this listserve in the coming days.
Should you wish to send Pricha a personal welcome, I'm sure both he and the TLAPS organization would appreciate the welcoming gesture. The contact information is as follows:
TLAPS (Thai Logistics
and Production Society)
APICS HAPPENINGS - JULY 2002
Highlights from Letter from Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Jeffry W. Raynes, CAE
The first few days of July are going to be very busy ones for the APICS professional staff as we switch over to our new data management system. During the first few days after we go "live" on the new system, July 5 through 10, our telephones will be switched to the automatic attendant so that our staff can do data checks and otherwise get accustomed to all of the features of the new system.
We need your help, because an information system is only as good as the data in its files. By now, most of you know the composition of your 2002-2003 board of directors, and this information (and in particular the e-mail addresses of your new officers) is very important to us as we streamline our communications. Please help us serve you better by immediately reporting any e-mail address changes or officer changes to email@example.com.
Different chapters are going to use the electronically transmitted material in leadership Links in different ways and for different purposes. We're interested in hearing any feedback from you about streamlined processes or techniques you may now be able to undertake so that we can share your chapter's best practices with others.
The Volunteer Leadership Workshop speakers have been selected, and this is one program you shouldn't miss! Up to five chapter volunteers from each chapter-officers or instructors-and six region staff members from each region may qualify for a special conference registration rate of $799 by agreeing to attend the Volunteer Leadership Workshop on October 26 or the Instructor Development Workshop on October 26-27. Chapter volunteers must obtain a signature from the chapter president or an authorized chapter designate to qualify for this rate, using the special registration form. Please note that these registrations must be mailed or faxed; online registration is not accepted.
MEMBERSHIP IN THE APICS COMMUNITY
APICS IS NOW ON-LINE WITH CHAPTER COMMUNICATION
The following is a highlight from Jeffry W. Raynes, CAE Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer: "Over time, we will be taking advantage more and more of the ever-expanding features of electronic communication, so look for many improvements in the months to come. The most immediate advantage is instant access. By mail, it typically took three to five days (or more) to reach you. In some parts of North America, the mail was so long in transit that we used private express shipment. In either case, once the material reached you, there were delays in distributing specific pieces of information to your board members—items had to be copied or held until the next board meeting. These delays are now behind us. Because you will be receiving all information in electronic format, you have the flexibility of forwarding it to your board and committee members instantly. Perhaps this will support timesaving innovations such as teleconferenced board meetings or give you the added material you need to produce an online newsletter…"
If you are a volunteer and have the login and password you can learn more by going to http://members.apics.org/Volunteers/letter.asp
SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Four business giants will be featured speakers at the general sessions of the APICS—The Educational Society for Resource Management 2002 International Conference and Exposition, October 27-30, in Nashville, Tennessee. Glen Barton, chairman and CEO, Caterpillar, Inc.; coauthor of FISH, Steven Lundin, Ph.D.; Jim McCann, CEO, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM; and William Taylor, cofounder, Fast Company, will headline the four-day program with the theme, "Knowledge, Fusion, People."
Additional conference information can be found by clicking on the International Conference tab located on the left hand side of this page.
APICS IN TIME OF CHANGE
Some interesting developments are taking place at Society. Bob Collins, chair of the just completed task force analysis, has said, "…APICS was a product of the needs of its time and has served us well through the end of the last century, providing an important body of knowledge that has helped our companies run better and helped many of us improve our careers… There is a growing awareness at the society board, region, and chapter levels and among staff that APICS is in a time of significant change…" If you are a volunteer and have the login and password you can learn more by going to http://www.apics.org/reviewtaskforce/default.asp
Membership trends - 28% fewer members/9% fewer reinstates/12% fewer member renewals/3% more expired memberships
Chapter needs assessment survey general results - 69% have been volunteers for 5+ years/28% use association management or paid staff/24% use student members for web management/37% use their Web to manage board activities/88% conduct board meetings via conference call/21% held joint meetings with ISM or ASTD
Chapter needs assessment survey areas of concern - 33% have no formal process for welcoming new members/30% do not contact members in the renewal cycle
Chapter needs assessment survey what chapters want - Improved access to membership data/ Opportunity to contact prospective members/More info on Corporate Subsidiary (CS) members/ Member e-mail addresses/ Expanded marketing tools/More chapter resources to ease the volunteer workload
Chapter needs assessment survey what has been done - Added e-mail to membership reports/Initiated electronic delivery of membership data/Established leadership links on web site/Made CS and prospective member listings available upon request
Next Steps - Highlight availability of resources in communications/ Analyze existing chapter marketing materials and fill gaps/ Increase the awareness of the importance of membership development at all levels/ Increase officer participation in Officer Listserve from 25% to 50%
Highlights from the Membership & Chapter Development Committee meeting of 3/22/2002
VLW Call for Papers application for 2002 is now posted in the Leadership Links section of the APICS web site and chapters are encouraged to submit their papers. Remember each chapter receives up to 5 reduced conference registrations this year.
There is a newly proposed membership-restructuring plan, which the committee wants to bring up for approval at the June 30th board meeting. The proposal will eliminate current Corporate Membership and CS and will introduce a new Corporate Membership with a tiered structure. The proposal encourages chapters to establish a single dues rate, eliminating a separate rate for Corporate Membership.
The professional staff was asked to develop a campaign that focuses on membership retention and growth and to present that campaign for review at the June M&CD meeting.
Last time we reported that APICS had been offered a unique opportunity to be featured on a forthcoming segment of Sky Radio's Radio Forbes Channel on American Airlines in-flight radio. Well, that partnership was cancelled effective March 13th due to a change in sponsorship of the radio broadcasts. However, Sky Radio has extended to APICS a complimentary sponsorship of its "Your Money" in flight segment on American Airlines for the month of June.
APICS has developed a 2001 Conference Highlights video to promote the 2002 APICS International Conference and Exposition. The video features general session speakers, educational sessions, testimonials, and the exposition. This video should be used to demonstrate the exciting learning opportunities that are available to members at the APICS conference. Use the video on auto-repeat to open and close meetings, luncheons, and receptions so that all members have a chance to experience the conference.
To order your FREE limited edition 2001 APICS Conference Highlights video, please call APICS Customer Service at (800) 444-2742 (APICS) or (703) 354-8851 and request stock #01205.
Beginning in March 2002, promotional materials for the Fundamentals program will only be available for download from the Members-Only section of www.apics.org. The Fundamentals Promotional Package will no longer be available through APICS Customer Service.
The APICS' member only link to on-line chapter communications can be found at http://members.apics.org/Volunteers/letter.asp
APICS has also created the Chapter Bytes area, which is a collection of ads, logos, and applications that chapters can use in their newsletters, brochures, Web sites, and other publications. These materials are updated twice a year by APICS to help chapters more easily and uniformly communicate the value of APICS products and services to new and existing members and customers. You can visit the site at http://members.apics.org/chapters/bytes.asp
Other important volunteer information and tools can be found at http://members.apics.org/Volunteers/mgmtresources.asp
For a letter from Jeffery Raynes please visit the site at http://members.apics.org/Volunteers/march_letter.asp
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