The past few months have been filled with some great gains and a few shocking losses.
Regretfully, two losses I am aware of that I need to take a moment and mention are of a Chapter 7 member and a loved one of a Chapter member. Deena Jo Carlson, wife of Past President and current member of chapter 7 Scott Carlson, passed away December 28, 2013, after a courageous six month battle with pancreatic cancer. January 18, 2014, Jerry Alan Rosenfeld unexpectedly passed away. Jerry was a long-time member of IRWA and an avid support of Michigan Chapter. I respectfully pass along heartfelt Condolences on behalf of Chapter 7 to the families of both Deena Jo Carlson and Jerry Alan Rosenfeld.
With the loss of loved ones in the forefront of our minds and weighing on our hearts, the gains within the chapter lose a little bit of importance. Knowing all the hard work and tremendous effort that went into successfully meeting one of the two goals I laid out this year for this Chapter still needs to be acknowledged. For the first time since Headquarters implemented its current membership growth incentive program, Michigan chapter 7 not only met, but exceeded our membership number of 201 members. What a testament to the hard work of the Membership Committee, Marketing Committee, and all those that actively participated in the membership drive. Thank you to all the Michigan Chapter 7 members that value the IRWA and the benefits membership provides them. Our second goal is to renew all of our 2013 members moving into 2014. If you have not already renewed your membership, please consider doing so soon!
I am excited about what 2014 will have to offer with the many scheduled educational classes, informative and dynamic General Membership meetings that are scheduled for March 6th at Weber’s in Ann Arbor and May 15th an at exciting venue yet to be released. Expect a formal announcement as to the location of the May General Membership meeting shortly! Please check out our Chapter Website for more specific information about our scheduled events and education classes at miirwa.wordpress.com.
Larysa Figol, SR/WA has been working tirelessly to compile many award applications to be submitted to IRWA Headquarters by February 3, 2014, for consideration at the Annual Education Conference to be held in Hartford, Connecticut, June 22-25, 2014. Start making your plans to attend this year’s conference. It is an event worth the time and expense. See you there to root for our Chapter and Chapter Members to bring home those awards!
Again, please take some time to get to know your current Executive Board Members and Committee Members and the roles they are volunteering for. Thank them for their service and offer skills or knowledge you possess that may assist us in our new roles. We would love the help! I am proud to serve this Chapter. Please consider serving YOUR chapter in whatever capacity you can. You will not regret it.
Steve R. Roon, SR/WA, R/W-NAC
Michigan IRWA Chapter 7 President