Moving ICHRIE Forward
Rai Shacklock is Interim Executive Director of Membership and Communication.
Just when I thought it was safe to put my feet up, ICHRIE came along and asked me to consider working with Fred and Reg as part of a leadership team to manage the organisation while we looked for a new Executive Director. It did not need much thought. Like many of you, I have ICHRIE in my veins, and we all want it to survive and thrive during these very uncertain times.
As the Interim Executive Director of Membership and Communication, I have been involved in a wide range of activities. Not only have I been working with Amie and Shaina in the ICHRIE office but also with a number of committees. I would like to thank everyone for being so accepting and welcoming of my ideas and comments. I am building a good overview of ICHRIE’s strengths and weaknesses.
Our worldwide members are our most important asset, and we need to communicate better by appreciating time zones, language, culture and differences. We sometimes forget that we are international and not just US based, something that we have not addressed sufficiently in the past. This internationalisation is a feature that industry and institutions truly value particularly when travel is not possible and when online is so easy. We must continue to facilitate networking; thanks to Ralf Burbach, Director of Networking, and others on his team for encouraging networking among new members recently. You can see his account in this newsletter.
Like many friends, we tend to take them for granted, and it’s not until you get in touch that you realise that they have been missing you. It’s no use only speaking to members. We need to improve and increase our membership base so that we become a more valuable resource to industry and sponsors. We need to tell other networks and particularly our students who will be the educators and industry leaders of the future.
Be prepared for announcements in terms of membership entitlements, communications and use of social media over the next few weeks.
ICHRIE and its very active Federations have a great future; we just need to work quickly to remind everyone that we are here. Watch this space.