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President's Message

Board Activities from the January Board of Directors’ Meeting

Greetings! The ICHRIE Board of Directors met at the end of January at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, site of the summer 2017 Annual ICHRIE Conference & Marketplace. We were privileged to get a tour of the facility and it is much more compact than the site of the summer 2016 Conference in Dallas. I hope you plan to attend.

During the Board of Directors meeting, the Board attended to a variety of issues. The Executive Committee had met in NY in November and approved the ICHRIE budget for 2017. Any action the Executive committee votes on must be approved the full Board of Directors. The Board, therefore, voted to approve the ICHRIE budget for 2017 as presented by Toni Repetti, ICHRIE Treasurer.

Another vote taken by the Board disbanded the HEMAR chapter of ICHRIE. The members of HEMAR  and the membership of NENA (of which they are a part) voted to disband one of the very few remaining chapters and presented that decision to the Board for a vote.  The vote was unanimous to approve the disbandment of this chapter.

Maureen Brookes, past president of ICHRIE, presented some ideas to aid in finding qualified candidates to run for office at the International level of ICHRIE. One concern mentioned by many prospective and qualified candidates was their inability to secure funding from their institutions to attend the required number of meetings held annually. Currently, Executive committee members are required to attend 4 meetings per year and members of the Board of Directors are required to attend two. The board has taken on the task of revisiting these requirements to determine if there are alternative ways to meet the intent of the meeting attendance requirements.  Toni Repetti and some others are developing new language that is to be presented to the Board in July for a vote.

Michael Wray, president of West ICHRIE, presented a potential new logo for use by West Federation members. After much discussion, the Board decided that it was important to maintain the ICHRIE logo as the brand and, therefore, decided that West ICHRIE could not move forward with its proposed logo. However, the logo could well serve as the logo for the conference to be held in Palm Springs in the summer of 2018. To maintain the integrity and consistency of the ICHRIE logo, Michael O’Fallon, Director of Marketing, will develop standards for Federation logos that can be used for future decision making by the Board of Directors in regards to logos.

Another project that the Board of Directors will take on is to develop lists of members for our SIGs. This is one area of ICHRIE that has been largely untouched in a while and members often ask for lists of who is in their SIG and this information is not kept by the ICHRIE office as the decision was made by a previous board not to do so. Ajay Aluri, Director of Networking reported that the newly updated ICHRIE website provides the opportunity for discussion forums that can be used by SIGs. Also, members will be asked to update their profiles with SIG membership information. As SIGs are a great way to network between conferences, this will be an ongoing effort to increase SIG membership.

After much discussion, the board determined that it was important to increase the feedback that research paper presenters receive from senior faculty in their disciplines in regards to their research presentations. Therefore, the Research committee led by Qu Xiao, will determine how we might make this happen for the Baltimore Conference and present a proposal to the Executive committee. These are just some of the activities the Board of Directors and their committees are involved in at this time as ICHRIE moves forward.

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