Chapter visits were a key priority and included Indiana Chapter 10,
Kentucky Chapter 25, South Africa Chapter 83, Mississippi Chapter 40,
Ohio Chapter 13, Michigan Chapter 7, Carolinas Chapter 31, Alabama
Chapter 24 and the Region 6 Forum hosted by Tennessee Chapter 32.
Structure: Review and refine current structure and
develop member engagement strategies for communication
An important part of the IRWA’s Strategic Plan is succession
planning, which entails building a comprehensive approach
for identifying, orienting and preparing new IRWA leaders.
At the chapter level, it is the duty of our leaders to assist the
Nominations and Elections Committee in identifying and
encouraging future leaders and then passing on information
to their successors so that continuity can be maintained.
To facilitate this process, an initial framework has been
developed. It includes establishing core competencies for
IRWA leaders; identifying competency gaps and making plans
to fill them; creating a formal methodology and mechanism
for managing leadership tools; providing orientation, training,
assignments, feedback and mentoring to successor leaders;
and creating an annual plan for recruiting new leaders.
The Ethics Task Force has been assessing our current ethics
parameters and recently submitted proposed revisions to
IRWA’s Disciplinary Procedures, the rules for filing and
enforcing ethics complaints. If the changes are approved at
the Annual Board of Directors meeting in June, they will
become effective January 1, 2014.
The Association is in strong fiscal shape and all of the latest
financial information is available for viewing on the IRWA
website. The Leadership Resources section of IRWA’s website
offers a wealth of essential tools, including chapter updates,
class schedules, credentialing numbers, online participation,
honorariums and more in the Chapter Statistics and Reports
A Salute to Our Chapters
The strength of our Association comes from our chapters,
where the actions of our leaders have the most impact on
individual members. It is primarily the chapter meetings,
newsletters and educational offerings that maintain our
member’s interest and desire to participate. When a member
has a positive experience at the chapter level, they will find
numerous opportunities for personal and professional growth.
I want to personally thank our volunteer leaders who are
responsible for so many of our advancements made during
the past year. The support of our Headquarters staff, under the
direction of Executive Vice President Mark Rieck, has been
instrumental in our many accomplishments. I also want to
thank Michigan Chapter 7 and Region 5 for always being there
to support me.
Through the collaborative effort of our leaders and members,
I look forward to witnessing some major advancements for
our Association in the upcoming years. I feel honored to have
been part of such a strong leadership team.