The Spirit of the Season
Last month during the HX Experience in New York City, I had the chance to see and speak with a number of members. This event is always something I look forward to and some years it is the only time I get the chance for face-to-face interaction with some people.
During the show, there were several ICHRIE events—a breakfast and presentation for our Eta Sigma Delta International Honor Society members and advisors, a meeting of the ICHRIE Executive Committee and the NENA Experience reception for ICHRIE friends and family. It’s clear from just about every single conversation I had during the ICHRIE events that everyone—the schools, the companies, the students and the industry in general—are still amidst some of the most challenging economic times in the past several decades.
During our Executive Committee meeting held during the New York show, we always discuss the preliminary budget for the coming year and it is patently clear from that conversation that the year 2019 will be a challenging year for us. We are trying to expand benefits and services for our members through the implementation of our Comprehensive Organizational Review, while still maintaining the current level of products and services. Like many companies, we are trying to reduce expenses where possible without hurting service levels and are looking for ways to maintain current revenue levels while seeking new revenue streams from additional sources. As everyone knows in any economy, those are no easy feats to try to accomplish, but the entire ICHRIE board of directors and staff are committed to making it happen!
As I have seen since the beginning of my tenure with ICHRIE, this association is not a novice when it comes to facing financial challenges. We have weathered stormy times in the past through a commitment to sound financial management and the willingness when needed to make some tough decisions. Our financial practices over the past two decades have resulted in the complete elimination of our previous debt, a buildup of our capital reserves on an annual basis and a continued demonstration of support of our members at the local level through the financial assistance we provide to ICHRIE federations.
We are currently in the process of sending out dues renewal notices for the coming year and I want to thank those members who continue to demonstrate their support of ICHRIE by renewing their memberships. I know there are a multitude of choices you have when deciding how best to spend your money and we appreciate your support. By renewing your dues and by encouraging others to join the ICHRIE family, you help ICHRIE to continue providing services to our members.
On behalf of the entire ICHRIE board of directors and professional staff, I’d like to express our gratitude for your continued support of ICHRIE and wish you a joyous, abundant holiday season. May every day of the coming year be filled with the spirit of this season.