From the Desk of the ICF-RAC President
It has been an exciting and eventful time for our chapter these past three months. Since the last message I sent to you, highlights include our ICW Open House event held at the Frontier headed up by chapter member, Jim Reklis. The event was well-planned, and participants who came to learn more about coaching expressed gratitude for the opportunity. Our Second Quarter Meeting offered members the chance to explore curiosity in the context of coaching and participating fully. At this event, the newly revealed ICF Global initiatives were discussed, and Paul Winston's workshop on “Coaching and Curiosity: The Perfect Partnership” energized the audience. Finally, Debbie Laxer and Divya Parekh facilitated stimulating conversations at our ICF Global-recognized Cutting Edge Conversations.
I would like to take this opportunity to share more information on the following areas: the new initiatives of ICF-Global, the upcoming ICF-Raleigh 20th Anniversary Celebration-Third Quarter Meeting with Magda Mook, ICF-Raleigh Board Succession Planning, and Membership Renewal.
New ICF-Global Initiatives
On May 10th, ICF-Global revealed the intention to create a new organization of families, each with a unique focus and dedicated board and staff. These families include a Thought Leadership Institute, Businesses and Organizations, Credentialing, Accreditation, ICF Foundation, and Member Benefits. To learn more about these families and how you can volunteer and share your expertise, go to our website home page. The specific link to learn more is https://coachfederation.org/leading-the-future-of-coaching-information-for-icf-members.
Upcoming 20th Anniversary Celebration – Third Quarter Meeting With Magda Mook
We are thrilled to have Magda Mook, CEO/Executive Director of ICF Global, join us in our 20th year! She will be presenting on “The Future of Coaching: Social Progress, Insights and Impact” and will have ample time for questions afterward. A catered lunch will be served. This is a big event for our chapter and is open to the public. Feel free to invite interested friends and colleagues from near and far. To learn more about this event and register, click on this link https://icfraleigh.org/event-3389863. To welcome Magda, we would like to present her with books our chapter members have authored. You will receive more information on this in the upcoming weeks.
Board Succession Planning
There will be several positions opening up on the board by the end of this year. These include Treasurer, Program Chair, Marketing Chair, and Business Liaison Chair. The board is a collegial, supportive, and influential group of people who are invested in co-creating. We are starting early in the recruitment process because we would like to have those interested in a board position attend our strategy sessions in August to begin planning for 2020. If you have an interest in any one of these chairs and would like to learn more about it, please reach out to me at email@example.com or Kelly Best, President-Elect firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set up some time to talk.
If you have not had the chance to renew your ICF-Raleigh membership, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible to continue to enjoy member benefits. Remember, our chapter set its membership renewal deadline to April 1 to align with Global’s renewal date of March 31. You received a prorated invoice to reflect this change. If you have any questions, please direct these to https://icfraleigh.org/Contact-Us.
As always, I remain dedicated to serving on the board to support you. Feel free to share your thoughts and questions with me. I am happy that you are a member of this chapter! Thank you for your support, for without it, the chapter would not flourish as it has this year, this year of our 20th anniversary!
All the best,
Tracy Jenkins, ICF Raleigh Chapter President
I hope that you are enjoying the winter season as we are making the turn to Spring – the season of renewal. For this reason and appropriately, I would like to focus here on upcoming opportunities and changes that will impact your ICF membership renewal with Global and the Raleigh chapter.
To start, I want to thank everyone who attended the launch of our first Quarterly Meeting held in early February. At this event, the latest news was shared from ICF Global, the SE Regional Area chapters and our chapter. Attendees also had the opportunity to volunteer to present or contribute to upcoming events or board functions. To keep you informed, we have included the first Quarterly Meeting presentation and handouts on our website under the Members tab.
We appreciate your continued interest in and support of the programs our chapter offers. Last year, your membership dues helped the chapter generate innovative workshops, a Business Development SIG, Coach Connect events around the community, the ICW event, “Experience Coaching – How Building a Coaching Culture in Your Organization Will Drive Meaningful Change,” and our conference, “Thrive U: Creating a Dynamic Life and Coaching Practice.” Chapter members provided pro bono coaching to the community through non-profit organizations, and the chapter continues to be recognized in our region for its responsivity to member needs.
This year in addition to developing regular programming, we are in the process of planning events to celebrate our 20th anniversary (10 years of start-up and growth as the NC Association of Personal and Business Coaches plus 10 years as the ICF-Raleigh Area Chapter) and our partnership with TODN and ATD. To continue to provide enrichment and professional development opportunities such as these, we will need to increase the cost of membership dues to $65.00/year for members and $95.00/year for affiliate members. Our chapter has not had a raise in dues since 2015. This increase will allow the chapter to continue to provide quality programming and opportunities to best serve members.
Membership Renewal Dates
In an effort to help you better track when your local and Global memberships are due, we will be shifting local chapter renewal dates to be at the same time annually, near the date Global renewals are due on March 31st. Beginning this year, our chapter will launch its renewal season beginning in April to end in May annually. Your membership dues will be prorated to align with the new renewal date. The board will be sending you reminders of this change in the upcoming months.
I appreciate your continued contribution and support of ICF-Raleigh. If you have any questions, feel free to connect with us at email@example.com.
I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events in 2019!
All the best,
Tracy Jenkins, President
Happy New Year!
I am honored to be serving as your chapter President in 2019 and am excited to experience with you all of the opportunities, events and programs we are planning for in the new year. The volunteer chapter board has been working hard since being elected in November to create meaningful events and programs to help you develop professionally as a coach and share the profession of coaching with the community.
In an effort to ensure that you have continued access to high quality programs, we plan to offer our traditional programs, Cutting Edge Conversations, webinars, workshops, Movies That Matter and the book club throughout the year. We are also planning something new. Beginning in February, the chapter plans to offer Quarterly Meetings to membership to share what the board has been up to, as well as share current updates from global ICF and local ICF chapters. Members will also have the opportunity to sign up to volunteer for upcoming events/programs. Our first Quarterly Meeting will be on Wed., February 6th. Subsequent Quarterly Meetings, will also include workshops designed to enhance your professional development and coaching business that are presented by experts in the field.
In regards to programs, I am pleased to announce that Linda Vasquez will be stepping into the Program Chair role in 2019. Linda has been an active member of our chapter for several years and we are excited to have her serve on the board. The Program Chair role was previously held by Laurel Walther. Laurel has recently had some new opportunities presented to her that will make it difficult for her to serve on the board this year. We will miss her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
One of my goals for this year is to make sure that you are seen and heard. To that end, feel free to let me know your ideas and thoughts as the year progresses. I am looking forward to a year of growth for our chapter in 2019.
All the best,