From OCIABC’s co-presidents

From Melissa and Chris

It’s hard to believe that we’re well into another new year already. Hope this one is shaping up well for you. We wanted to let you know about a few things the chapter has coming up in the next few months as we kick off 2011.

Monthly chapter meetings. Meetings are a great way to mingle with your fellow communicators and get food for thought on the latest issues facing our profession. Third Tuesdays, 11:30 to 1 p.m., at the Benson Hotel, 309 SW Broadway, Portland. Next meeting Feb. 15.  

Volunteers. Volunteering is a fun way to get the most out of your membership. Work with other professionals, share war stories, seek advice, etc.— all while helping your fellow members by producing interesting projects that benefit the chapter and our profession. We’re actively seeking volunteers for several committees, so if you’d like to help out, please consider:

  •  Bronze Beacon Committee. Join this fun group as we plan the annual awards banquet and competition process. Committee will organize the entry process; plan awards banquet; and organize the judging of another chapter’s entries (reciprocal for their judging ours). For more information, please contact VP of Awards KJ McAllister
  • Professional Development Committee. The light duties of this committee include helping set up and staff the registration table at the monthly lunches; greeting people and helping them feel welcome; and drawing names for door prizes at the end of the meeting. It’s an easy way to get involved with the chapter at the same time you’re meeting others with similar interests. For more information, please contact VP of Professional Development Scott Etheredge.
  • Communicators Conference. Our biggest annual event, the Communicators Conference (in association with PRSA) brings hundreds of communicators to the Governor Hotel in early May to network, develop skills, and have a day enjoyably submersed in all things communication. For more information, please contact board member and VP Hunter Moss
  • OCIABC board. We currently have openings on the board for the VP of Publicity and Promotion and VP of Membership. The first position position primarily requires someone with great follow-through who can notify local media of our newsworthy events and activities. For the membership role, we’d look for an individual who can lead our membership outreach and help promote the value of IABC membership.  For info, please contact either of us.

Thanks and hope to see you at the Benson!

 Melissa Steineger & Chris Wain

International Association of Business Communicators
Oregon-Columbia chapter