President’s Column

by Steve Higgins, IABC/Tulsa President

What’s this about IABC/Tulsa winning some CMAs in Nashville?

Well, all I can say is you should have seen the look on Carrie Underwood’s face when Brad Paisley opened the envelope and read our names.

OK, couldn’t resist a corny joke there. But we really did win some CMAs in Nashville. IABC Chapter Management Awards, that is (not Country Music Association).

Tom Droege, our chapter treasurer, and I were surprised and elated to accept the Small Chapter of the Year award on behalf of IABC/Tulsa, in addition to awards of merit in the categories of Professional Development, Membership Marketing and Communication.

And I was truly shocked to hear my name called when they gave out the IABC Chapter Leader of the Year.

“Chapter Leader of the Year?” I don’t know about that. I do know that good things are happening at IABC/Tulsa, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our executive board, and the involvement and loyalty of our members.

Shannon Frederick deserves a lot of credit for compiling and submitting our Chapter Management Award entries, with strong contributions from Ginger Homan and Dena Wind.

Ultimately, though, these awards belong to you, our members, who have helped our chapter swim against the tide by growing and prospering during the recent economic downturn.

Rest assured, the executive board has every intention of keeping the momentum going, with some excellent programs and events in the works for this year.

As always, thanks for your support of our chapter. And congratulations on your CMAs. Y’all.