President’s Column – July 2017

by Megan Patterson, IABC/Tulsa President

MeganLewisThis letter is a bit bittersweet for me – it is my last as president of IABC/Tulsa. Next month, our new IABC/Tulsa board will be in place and your new president, Hayley Westwood, will provide her perspective on our chapter and her vision for IABC. The chapter couldn’t be in better hands.

My two-year term as president has flown by. I’m sad it’s coming to a close, but excited to see what our new president and new board will accomplish over the next two years. I know great things are in store for this chapter.

I’d like to thank our current board for all of your work and for the countless hours you dedicated over the last two years. For those who are staying on the board – we’re lucky to have you. For those who are rolling off – you’ll be greatly missed. I know the commitment it takes, and very much appreciate your contributions.

This board accomplished a lot in two years. Just a few examples include:

  • Receiving recognition among IABC chapters world-wide and winning five chapter management awards;
  • Receiving a record-breaking number of entries and our highest attendance levels during our 2016 and 2017 Bronze Quill Awards;
  • Holding our inaugural Spelling Bee(r) event which was so successful we’re bringing it back even bigger and better this year (don’t miss it on July 20); and
  • Providing more than 600 local communicators access to high-caliber professional development events including topics such as communications measurement, inbound marketing and crisis communications, just to name a few.

We also revamped our membership outreach efforts, created new membership marketing materials and relocated our monthly professional development events based on feedback from you, our members.

Yes, we’ve accomplished a lot, but there is always more we can do to further increase the value of your membership. This will remain the focus going forward, with our new president and new board.

I believe I may have taken away more from this experience than I was able to give, but I truly hope that together, we made some lasting impacts and improvements on our chapter.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your chapter president.

President’s Column – June 2017

by Megan Patterson, IABC/Tulsa President

MeganLewisThe dog days of summer are approaching. Just ask our Goldendoodle, Cooper. A tennis ball isn’t even enough some days to spur his excitement or keep him from pouting about the heat.

For you astronomers out there silently correcting my use of “dog days,” I do know this isn’t the actual meaning of the phrase (or at least I do now, after a quick Google search)… but it still just seems appropriate for this time of year. School is out, temperatures are up and everyone has a vacation planned but you. Sound familiar?

Well, rest assured, IABC/Tulsa has some fun in store for you this summer with our Second Annual Adult Spelling Bee(r) event next month and some additional networking opportunities in the works. IABC/Tulsa is also gearing up for a new board term and is hard at work prepping and planning for a full slate of amazing programming to close out 2017.

As the current IABC/Tulsa board transitions out and new board members move in, we’ll be taking a closer look at programming, member benefits, communications, networking activities and more to be sure we’re providing you with the best membership experience. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or another board member with feedback or suggestions. Do you have professional development goals on your objectives list at work? Let us help you cross a few of those off. Would you like to see us offer a few more social events throughout the year to facilitate networking? Just let us know! We want to hear from you.

And remember, if you’re interested in getting more involved with the IABC/Tulsa board or committees, let us know.