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RECMGMT-L  July 2002

RECMGMT-L July 2002

Subject:

Opinion on SII at the Chapter Level

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Monica Songe <[log in to unmask]>

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Records Management Program <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Mon, 8 Jul 2002 12:11:57 -0500

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Hi all,

At Peter's urging, I am posting the following here and also on the ARMA
Forum:

First off, I am speaking as an individual and not in any official capacity
for my chapter. I am presenting my viewpoints as well as how I see SII/SIM
affecting the association at the chapter level. I want ARMA Leadership to
know that there are more of "us silent voices" out there that do not wholly
support the Strategic Information Institute and the reasons why we feel this
way.

When Bill B. stated that "...the vocal few (unfortunately the name given to
those in opposition to SII by its proponents) will increase in number..." it
gave me a wake up call that you needed to hear our opinions.

This past year, our chapter decided not to advertise the Strategic
Information Management Month concept because we, as a group, felt that this
new title did not accurately portray the image we were trying to promote
within our own companies and outside to the supportive public that we do
business with. Our Spring Seminar has always been built upon the foundation
of Records and Information Management. It's what we do and it's something
that outsiders can grasp and understand, especially in light of the high
profile cases that have been in the news lately. We chose to promote our
seminar as we always have. We mentioned Records and Information Management
Week and ARMA, period.

We also feel by promoting SIM over RIM we would confuse our companies into
thinking that all we are is the latest buzz-word chasers. We have come a
long way in recent years in our roles within our organizations and most of
us have worked hard to earn the respect that we and our profession so richly
deserve. Of course, the cases that we see in the news every day continue to
support our efforts in establishing, funding, maintaining and growing our
RIM programs.

We certainly do not support the money that ARMA has spent thus far on the
SII. Even more so, we do not agree with the continued financial support of
the SII in light of the recent announcement to increase membership dues
because the organization is "giving" more value than it is "receiving". What
is confusing to me personally is that we have litigation in process to try
and recoup our losses at the Montreal Conference. If ARMA is able to get the
insurance company to reimburse for the lost conference revenue, does this
mean that we will not need the dues increase? I bet not.

Two months ago, when ARMA went public with the dues increase information,
our board discussed the increase and how it could affect our chapter
membership and at the very least, the need of the members to feel that they
would be getting some value and return for their money. Unfortunately, when
members become disillusioned with how things are going, most will simply
just discontinue their membership and never voice their opinions as to why.
This can be illustrated by the fact that our chapter has had a 67% turnover
in the past three years. Luckily, we've been able to keep up our membership
by attracting new people and new businesses.

It is a never-ending process to try and satisfy the needs of our current
chapter members while continuing the effort to recruit additional members
who can benefit from our collective knowledge and the support of an
international organization. However, it is becoming increasingly difficult
to do so when our local members feel that the main benefits of being in ARMA
are local only.

I hope that by sending this message out I've addressed this silent voice
that has been whispering in our chapter. I truly feel that we are not alone
in thinking this way.

Monica Chauvin

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