President's Message

April 2018

The council’s educational committee has been actively working on the Spring Educational Conference and Leadership Training Session (LTS) held at Northern Illinois University in Rockford, IL on Thursday, April 26, 2018 & Friday, April 27, 2018 respectively. If you haven’t signed up yet, please consider attending and registering by visiting the council’s web site at and clicking on the links below “Council Events” on the main page.

Following the Leadership Training Session on Friday, April 27, 2018 the Mid-America Council Board will be holding a regular quarterly board meeting in one of the breakout rooms at NIU. All IMA members are invited to attend this meeting, please inquire as to which room the meeting will be held in.

IMA ‘s Annual Conference & Exposition will be held June 16 – 20, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN. Please see information on the council’s web site regarding the conference and consider registering to attend.

The elections and appointments of chapter and council board members was due to IMA Global by March 31, 2018. I trust your incoming board members are gearing up to begin the new chapter year in July.  All new and current board members are encouraged to register and attend the Leadership Training Sessions on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Northern Illinois University (see above information on registering).

Many of the chapters in the council have been enjoying good member attendance and participation at their regular meetings. There have been a variety of interesting topics and presentations.  Varying the day of the week the chapters hold their meetings have help to draw some members who otherwise would not have been able to attend due to scheduling conflicts.  Varying the length of the meeting for CPE credit, type of meal selection, and format of the meeting have been refreshing changes some chapters have been making to promote a new interest and openness in member participation.

Some chapters struggle with recruiting new board members, having members holding more than one board position, rotating board position among existing board members, and not being able to fill all board positions. If your chapter is experiencing any of the above situations, please contact the Regional Director within the council assigned to assisting your chapter with chapter performance.

The Mid-America Council exists to serve the local chapters within the council by providing support, guidance, and assistance with operating a chapter board in serving their membership. Please contact myself or any of the council board members if your chapter does require assistance.
Rick Bellmore
Mid-America Council President, 2017-2018