President's Message

October 2017

We’re now progressing through the last quarter of 2017. All chapters by now have finalized their meeting programs for the 2017-2018 chapter years. With the planning process now complete, promoting and making chapter members and guests aware of upcoming chapter meetings would be an excellent way to ensure good attendance and awareness of IMA at each chapter meeting. While attending and participating in your chapter meetings, network with current and new chapter members and guests is an excellent way to begin working on and building a chapter board for the 2018-2019 chapter years. Election and nomination of officers and directors for the following year is necessary and required during the 1st quarter of 2018. An awareness and tentative planning and preparation for next year’s meetings and events scheduled in 2018 should be on your radar screen. The Mid-America Council’s Spring Conference and Leadership Training Sessions (LTS) will be held on April 26 & 27, 2018 at Northern Illinois University in Rockford, IL. Marking this on your calendar now and planning to attend the conference and training sessions is highly recommended.

Some chapters have begun hosting their annual student night and are extending invitations to accounting students within their area colleges and technical schools to attend. Getting to know the accounting instructors at these colleges and technical schools will play an important role in having more of their accounting students attend student night and possibly start to attend regular chapter meetings as well. This will then enable the chapter’s to present and make aware to the students what IMA has to offer them while they’re in school and how IMA can help them throughout their accounting career. It’s an excellent way of not only making students aware of what IMA has to offer them, but to be able to network and get to know other IMA members already actively working in the accounting profession. Having students involved in your chapter is an excellent source of obtaining future board members and in the continuance of your chapter.

Our next Mid-America Council Board meeting will be held near Rockford, IL on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9:00 – Noon. The council board would like each chapter to be represented at the meeting by having a member present either in-person or via telephone conference. Please visit the council’s web site at www.midamerica.imanet.org for more information regarding our upcoming meeting.

Please send an email to me RBellmore@sigmanlegal.com or to your Regional Director if you have concerns on how your chapter is doing. The council board exists to provide guidance and assistance to our local chapter boards to help each one to continue to be strong, successful and supportive of their IMA members.

Rick Bellmore
Mid-America Council President, 2017-2018