President’s Column

By Shannon Frederick, ABC, IABC/Tulsa President

Things have really been busy this month for IABC’s Small Chapter of the Year.

(That’s the Tulsa chapter, by the way – just in case you didn’t know.)

It was too hard to narrow down to just one topic for my June President’s column. So, instead, here’s a snippet of several recent chapter news items, plus one summer travel suggestion:

Nomination for IABC Tulsa’s Next President

If you attended the June meeting at OSU-Tulsa, then you heard Past-President Steve Higgins announce the exciting news that Angela Byers, Principle of Byers Creative, has been nominated as President-Elect for our chapter.

Angela has served on the Executive Board for the past year as vice president of awards. In addition to leading the chapter’s wildly-successful 2011 Bronze Quill Awards Program, she is always offering her skills as a talent designer and communicator to assist with any event or program for the chapter. Her contributions have been invaluable – and very much appreciated.

The chapter will vote on Angela’s nomination at the July meeting. Please make plans to attend and cast your vote.

IABC Accreditation Committee

Last week, IABC announced its 2012-2013 Accreditation Committee, and our chapter was once again at the forefront. Ginger Homan, ABC, who served as chapter president from 2008-2009, has been named the North American Director of this committee.

Those of you who know Ginger are well aware of her passion for IABC’s accreditation program. She spoke on a panel at our March meeting about two programs she’d like to drive for Tulsa members who are interested in pursuing accreditation. Ginger also has a pretty strong track record for mentoring several professionals through the process, including yours truly.

If you want to know more about Ginger, visit

Need a Break? Visit an IABC Chapter?

Thanks to two different speaking opportunities this month, I had the privilege of visiting with IABC members at the chapters in Oklahoma City and Denver. These interactions sparked a thought. As many of us are out traveling for summer vacation, why not take a break from being cooped up with our families and visit a local chapter’s luncheon (assuming the calendar stars align)?

There are IABC chapters in nearly every big city across the U.S., not to mention the chapters that exist outside of America. And I have yet to visit a chapter that hasn’t opened its arms with a warm welcome. For a list of all IABC chapters, visit international’s website at From there, you can easily access the desired local chapter’s site. I’d recommend sending an email directly to the president or professional development chair before you register for an event.

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