Greetings from Central CHRIE! Before we know it, we will be in St. Louis and will be electing a new slate of officers for 2013-2014 for Central Federation. With the formation of the Marketing Committee, this will be another board position we will need to fill in St. Louis. Serving as a director or officer in Central CHRIE is a great way to help shape the future of CHRIE, and is also a great way to get in leadership positions with YOUR professional organization. If you are interested in an officer or director position, please e-mail me today. We will start the election process in the near future so please seriously consider a leadership position with Central CHRIE.
I am already excited about going to St. Louis in July! With all the food and beverage history in St. Louis (C&K BBQ, Ted Drewes Custard, and Anheuser Bush are some of my favorites!), the Arch, Culture, and the history of Union Station alone you better come a day or two early!! The hotel is beautiful, the surrounding area is fantastic, and the people of St. Louis are very, well, hospitable! With all the great presentations being planned, the speakers, and all there is to do, make sure you get your registration in and to ensure you are a part of this great conference. Most of these events are already being planned again for next year. So please communicate to Central CHRIE officers as soon as you know the specifics for next year’s events, so we can publicize them and help get the word out of the great mix of events that are offered in Central CHRIE states.
As with all Federations this is a very busy time of the year. Missouri State will be holding a conference on April 19th and 20th. DePaul will be busy the Friday before the NRA Show, with a Conference on Revenue Management and Analytics. There will also be other workshops and seminars, so contact Dr. Tom Maier at DePaul for more info on this great conference! Make sure you come in a couple days early to enjoy Chicago and take part in this great conference!
I am so thankful to be surrounded by such great fellow board members in Central CHRIE. We all have fantastic ideas on how to make our Federation run efficiently and I can’t thank them enough. Central Federation comprises a large geographic area, stretching from Ohio to Oklahoma, and from North Dakota down to Arkansas, and sometimes it is hard to keep everything going. Thanks to all our great members, we are a well-run, productive and engaging Federation. Also many members of our Federation serve in leadership positions in ICHRIE—Susan Gregory, Stephanie Hein, Chris Roberts, and Alan Tuttle.
Many state-level CHRIE chapters have dissolved in the past few years. Despite these situations, the strength of the Federation lies in the individuals who are able and willing to step up to make a difference. Increasing our membership numbers is always a challenge. This year we are looking at ways to increase secondary and two-year school individual and institutional memberships, and each member is being asked to assist in this goal. We all know that with everything that is being asked of us—more with less in today’s academic climate—it is often difficult, if not impossible, to assist your professional association, as such service carries little or no reward for the individual in their academic career. We are, therefore, asking for all department chairs, directors, and deans to support ICHRIE membership for ALL of their faculty, and to encourage ACTIVE participation in Central and/or ICHRIE activities.