The IABC Indianapolis chapter is now moving toward inactive status.

September 17th, 2017 by Jeff Hutson | Permalink

Current IABC members, watch your mailbox for information on your choice of chapter affiliation.

Most of you should recall our previous communication regarding IABC Indianapolis’ future. Specifically, in recent years the chapter has seen member engagement and participation evaporate.

Earlier this year, we reached out by mail, email and social media to more than 150 members, lapsed members, and non-members who had attended an IABC Indy event. We invited this group to participate in one of two events to discuss the future of the local chapter. We heard from eight individuals, including a four who attended one of the two meetings.

The conclusion: While none of those responding wanted to see the IABC Indy chapter disband, we could not find enough people to continue the effort to engage chapter members. Your IABC Indianapolis board is unable to serve indefinitely, and there are not enough people willing to serve on the board to make it viable.

So, we have reached the difficult decision to let you know that the Indianapolis chapter is now moving toward inactive status. That transition should be official within the next couple of months.

Several members plan to get together periodically as an informal group of members-at-large or as a special interest group. If you are interested in leading or participating in such a special interest group, please let Jeff Hutson know at iabc.indyATrelationalgravityDOTcom.

What will IABC Indianapolis look like in 2017 and beyond?

March 2nd, 2017 by Jeff Hutson | Permalink

Dear IABC members and friends:

What will IABC Indianapolis look like in 2017 and beyond? Do we have a future?

We urgently need your help in answering these questions.

Over the decades, IABC members have made great friends, attended excellent lunch events, and discovered new ideas at powerful all-day conferences. But, in recent years the chapter has seen member engagement and participation evaporate.

IABC Indianapolis is struggling, with a little good news and a little bad.

  • Chapter events:
    • Good: In the last two years, we’ve attracted 90 non-members to educational and networking events, and earned positive marks from attendees.
    • Not so Good: However, in that same time period, only seven paid chapter members (other than board members) attended any event.
  • The board:
    • Good: We’ve had a dedicated and hard-working board with years of IABC experience.
    • Not so Good: With attrition, the board has dwindled to three people who have served for many years, with no new board recruits – who must be members – in sight.
  • Finances:
    • Good: Financially, we’re in solid shape.
    • Not so Good: We cannot remain solvent forever without member engagement.

Opportunities, not defeat

When old answers fail to answer new questions, it is time for new thinking. Together, we have an exciting opportunity, if you believe IABC needs to remain in Indianapolis.

In mid-March, IABC Indianapolis will hold two informal meetings to give you an opportunity to step up to the plate with a willingness to get involved.

Morning

  • Date: Wednesday, March 15
  • Time: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
  • Location: General American Donut Company
    827 S East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225
  • Free registration

Afternoon

  • Date: Thursday, March 16
  • Time: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Location: One North Capitol Building
    1 North Capitol, Indianapolis IN 46204
    (1st Floor Conference Room)
  • Free registration

If you cannot attend, feel free to email us with ways you would like to help build a future for IABC Indianapolis.

Sincerely,

Your IABC Indy board

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