The Members Spoke, The IAAP Board of Directors Listened

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“I’d like you to consider keeping chapters open as long as possible. I’m worried about chapter members losing interest.”

“While I understand we need to change, please don’t make my chapter close in December. We already had plans for APW next year.”

“Please reconsider closing down chapters by December of this year. We have three new members and I’m afraid without the chapter contact, they’ll leave IAAP before the branches are up.”

“If we stay open through Administrative Professionals Day next year, we can use our chapter outreach to promote the new branches.”

These are only a few of the hundreds of member opinions about the dissolution that the board received through emails, phone calls and in person at division annual meetings. Armed with these opinions and suggestions, in addition to the recommendations of the Dissolution Working Group, the board met last week via Adobe Connect web conference to discuss this aspect of the IAAP restructure and revitalization initiative.

After looking at our timeline for the creation of branches and listening to the membership, the board voted to allow chapters to dissolve anytime between now and April 30, 2015. Divisions will dissolve no later than June 30, 2015.

Following the dissolution of a chapter, all members will be transferred to division members-at-large, unless otherwise requested by the member. This will ensure IAAP touch points with members as the branch structure is getting underway.

The branch structure will be in place in the spring of 2015 and begin to deliver education following Louisville, 2015. This allows IAAP members a seamless transition from chapters and divisions to the new branch structure.

Please look for more information about the continued efforts of the revitalized IAAP in the coming weeks. We will have more announcements about the branch structure, locations, volunteer and leadership opportunities, as well as other exciting aspects of the new IAAP.

Chapter and division leaders received a detailed message concerning the nuts and bolts of dissolution. If you’d like to read that, you can find it in the IAAP Web Community. You will need to be logged in to view it. 

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