As in all Volunteer organizations, the membership needs for career advancement, day to day management guidance and personal growth are important to be conveyed to the Leadership. The Leadership should take these inputs then develop a strategic plan that supports the membership. Leadership’s primary responsibility is to organize and fit those needs into a strategic plan. As in constructing a solid home framework, the building blocks should fit correctly and be of real value to the structure’s stability.
The Leadership of the Willamette Valley PMI Chapter is looking for your input either in person or through email. There is time set aside during our 2018 – 2020 Strategic Planning Summit on Saturday 26 August 2017 for you to provide our ideas. As the number of members expressing their ideas increases, the time allocated for each members will be around the 3 minutes. The best impact will be a 3 minutes presentation along with a handout if applicable. If you plan to attend, please drop me an email on or before Saturday 19 August 2017 so I may arrange room. After the membership presentations, the Chapter Leadership will begin its discussions for our 2018 – 2020 Strategy.
If you choose to provide your ideas via email, please send them to me, email@example.com , on or before Saturday 19 August so I can include them in our discussions.
Strategic planning is key to every Project and Program including the care of our membership.
Please take this opportunity to step forward and help your Leadership help you in your career path.
Time certainly moves quickly especially when we are enjoying our summer activities. I have heard from many friends that the beach, mountains, camping, 4th July fireworks, water sports and the idea of a Staycation have all provided much needed relief from the day to day grind. A few friends have travelled abroad, to Mexico, Canada and to my favorite Alaska. We spent 17 exciting years in Alaska raising boys into sub-adults and bringing one daughter into the world. I can safely say that how we explore the world with our children helps prepare them for their future. Who knows when you will be faced with how to handle a 2,000 pound moose blocking your driveway? Our hopes are that your time has been safe and relaxing!
We are looking forward to Labor Day, Monday 4 September as we celebrate the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, law and well-being of our country. Some believe this is the end of Summer?! In our family we believe it is the beginning of other activities with cooler weather.
Come join us for our monthly Social Night, to interact with your fellow PMI Willamette Valley members and enjoy the great atmosphere at Bar 101. This will be a casual event so we can talk shop and even get advice from other project managers that have unique experience in their career. Show up whenever you can, and stay as late as you like - the happy hour is from 4:30 to 6:30pm.
Happy 20th Anniversary Willamette Valley PMI Chapter members!!
Few of us may remember Thursday, 1 May 1997 when the Oregon Secretary of State registered the Project Management Institute Willamette Valley Chapter articles of Incorporation as a Non-Profit. The temperature peaked at 57, sunny with no rain accumulation.
The original signers of the documents were Rodger Clawson, Curtis Amo, Bill Foster and Erik Wood. These “Founders” had worked long and hard to create the Chapter through the PMI process and provide the foundation on which we continue to build on.
Since that fateful day back in 1997, the Willamette Valley PMI Chapter has been led by inspired, dedicated Presidents with their Board of Directors who Volunteer their time and energy to move our organization forward. Each President and BOD provided guidance and leadership to continue to serve our membership and expand our services to the community.
Checking our historical records, these are the PMIWV Presidents starting in 1997:
Rodger Clawson Curtis Amo Julie Bozzi John Dean Robert Davis Cyndi Smith Jeff Busch Jon Lazarus Gary Terrell
If you work with or see our past Presidents this month tell them “Thanks” for their Volunteerism!!
Our Chapter hosted the 2017 Region 1 Leadership conference in Eugene in early April. The final attendance was 135 with each of the 16 Region 1 Chapter Presidents and Leaders attending. Our Thanks out to Laura Meeks who orchestrated our 12+ Volunteers who worked the registration desk, room monitors, introduced presenters and in general kept the conference running on schedule. Our Venue coordinator Melissa Anderson provided expert coordination between Valley River Inn, PMI GOC, and other suppliers of services to the conference. Our Thanks go to both Laura and Melissa for the Volunteerism and support!
PMIWV began its Spring CAPM/PMP exam prep 12 week course in Corvallis in mid-April. Through the dedicated work of Michael Miles, Corvallis Branch VP of Program the class registrations reached 16. This exceeded our expectations in part by the guidance of our Chapter Director of Marketing Tze Yiu Youg and Kevin Hollinger, Corvallis Branch President.
Our Eugene Branch President Jay Arrera is reenergizing that Branch utilizing his experience and skills. Part of Jay’s plan is an outreach program with the Technical Association of Oregon, TAO where we provide Project Management expertise to TAO’s Hack-athon. This is an excellent opportunity that will provide a path for other Out-reach programs.
Our monthly newsletter is only possible due to the Volunteerism of our past president Gary Terrell. Through his efforts our monthly newsletter is distributed to each of our 340+ members. We appreciate the help Gary!! Our Corvallis and Salem Branch presentations were provided by Olivia Heath and Bob Frank, respectively. Both were well received and provided guidance to our membership. Thanks to both Olivia and Bob for their Volunteerism. We are also working with OSU through Olivia to begin a partnership in their Project Management courses. We are in the very beginning stages and will have more to report as we begin planning for the Fall sessions.
Our Chapter begins its Summer Hiatus of Branch meetings. May will be our last Branch meetings. Meeting will start back in the Fall so consult our website for details.
In celebration of Volunteerism on our 20th Anniversary here is a quote from Elizabeth Andrews, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; They just have the Heart”