Message from OCIABC’s Chapter President-Signing Off

Looking back, signing off
on our 2009-2010 board year

Next month marks the end of the 2009-2010 OCIABC board year. This means the end of my term as chapter president. It has been a pleasure and rewarding experience serving you in this capacity. Thank you for your confidence and giving me this opportunity. Thanks also to the dedicated board members that served with me. It was an honor to lead a group of spirited and talented professionals. With their relentless volunteer efforts and boundless creativity we accomplished much this past year for OCIABC namely:

  • Ratified the revised chapter by-laws (mandatory approval of at least 85 percent of membership).
  • Migrated website to a new server/host and platform (e.g., WordPress).
  • Launched Google Analytics to track online traffic and revamp layout of website.
  • Designed and use a new organizational banner for events.
  • Activated and utilize social media accounts including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  • Co-hosted and organized a highly successful Portland Communicators Conference last month. There were 278 registered attendees with over a dozen on waitlist!
  • Presented two well-received professional development seminar (Beyond Reputation Management – Creating and Integrated Social Media Strategy” with Kevin Murphy) and panel (Uncharted Territory: Maximizing Employee Engagement, Trust, and Morale in Uncertain Times).
  • Hosted a monthly and free networking mixer at On Deck sports bar.

The board will also transition in July. Some of the current VPs will remain for another term while others will be wrapping up one or more years of service. The complete list of board members for the 2010-2011 year will be presented for your approval in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I’d like to introduce you to incoming OCIABC chapter president, Sally Giedrys. I hope you will extend the same welcome and support to her and the new board.

There are currently open positions available on the board including:

  • Executive VP
  • VP of e-Communications
  • VP of Professional Development
  • VP of Finance

Finally, I’d like to express my deepest gratitude to all my OCIABC friends for their support and help in my job search. My professional career has been on an involuntary “hiatus” for almost a year, having been laid off since last summer. As some of you may understand, looking for work in this tough environment can be very frustrating and disheartening. Through it all my OCIABC network has kept me abreast of new openings and helped me make relevant contacts. Most importantly, OCIABC members have provided me with encouragement and camaraderie. If you are in the same boat as I am, reach out to your OCIABC colleagues – you’ll be happy to know that no matter how busy they may be, many have a few minutes to spare, a sympathetic ear and a cheerful word or two!


Eloisa Townsend

President, 2009-2010
Oregon Columbia IABC