Dear Friends and Members
The Board of Director of the Ohio Chapter IAEI met successfuly on March 19th in web based meeting. Due to time and logistic, it was the best way to meet.
During the meeting items like, are we having a meeting this year? shall we have a meeting next year? what about future meetings? where shall we have a meeting?
The Ohio Chapter IAEI will not have an educational meeting this year but we will have a general annual business meeting according to the bylaws. We are still deciding where to have it and how to accomodate the members attending.
We discussed having a meeting (full) in 2020 in the Central area, Karl Frederick from the Central Division will be the outgoing President and Zach Jenkins from the Northwest Division will be in. Then we will try another full meeting depending on the attendance of the Central meeting.
The Board is trying to regain momentum but we need support from the members. What we have noticed that some members attend the meetings for education and networking (camaraderie) even though our Divisions are doing a great job with providing continuing education in our areas. Therefore, it is difficult to predict what to present at the meetings. In the past, we had the code panels and some great presentations from NFPA, NEMA, UL, CSA, and other great people.
Then, some of our employers were reluctant to let the personnel go for three (3) days and then the budgets.
So, we switched things around to get the interest of the members and others. We tried code panels with a twist; we tried classes and no code panels; we tried separating the classes so the attendees did not have to attend the entire meeting; and we are willing (going) to try the central location and shorter version of the meeting, to see if that work and if it does not we will change strategies again to make this Chapter work.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is my message as your Secretary/Treasurer. I hope you reflect upon it and consider attending your next Chapter meeting.
I am looking forward to an active and more useful Chapter.
I almost forgot it is Scholarship time, Divisions of the Ohio Chapter have contributed enough funds to award at least 3 scholarships this year. We will not send a paper mail, you will get an email, or a notice through your Division meeting, or a through this website. Watch your email for the forms and links.