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And why can't we all just get along? Best time I spent at the San Diego conference was in the industry roundtable. I'm telling you the 12 member "for those who don't fit anywhere else" was one kick-*ss group!

I support our association, but lately I don't feel as if it is ours. Blacklist me if you will, but I just don't get it. IG is not earth shattering for me either. It is how I've been working for years. Being a part of the infrastructure of a business is what it is all about. This is not a silo. It can't be.
 
Sorry...probably not making much sense.
 
Rock on!
Sharon 

Sharon Burnett, CRM
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"If it ain't broke, take it apart and see why. If it is broke, take it apart
and see why."
 
> Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:07:53 -0500
> From: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Conference content and "Mini" Conferences
> To: [log in to unmask]
> 
> Todd, 'back in the day' ... we in ARMA used to have Industry Action
> Committees (IACs).  The Utilities IAC was one of the most dynamic and
> successful; we won IAC of the Year many times.  (Larry Funky Cold Medina
> was a member, by the way)  We hosted a Mid-Year Utilities IAC conference
> every year, in the spring.  We had excellent speakers and topics very
> pertinent and timely to the utilities and energy industry, excellent
> networking, had a good time, and ... we made money.  ARMA Int wanted the
> money and control.  So..., they wrested control and started grouping
> mid-year IACS together to make the money.  Control... $$$  They felt the
> mid-years were taking away from Annual Conference attendance revenue, thus
> cutting out some of their revenue.   So, they did away with them.    $$$
> and control.  For those who were whelped, weaned, and raised on large
> cattle ranches..., they managed the 'herd' to make the most money.  It is
> what my Dad did; his focus was on making money; not enhancing the
> professional lives of the cattle.  Eat mor chikin...
> 
> There was discussion within the Utilities IAC at the time of splitting away
> from ARMA and forming our own professional association.  Serious
> discussions.  Not sure if ARMA Int. ever knew this.  About 18 years
> previous to that NIRMA was established for many of those same reasons, by
> the way.
> 
> Later, ARMA instituted Industry Specific Groups (ISGs); same thing as the
> IACS essentially, but with ARMA control.  Those became a threat to ARMA Int
> also, and it was feared that those groupings would take away from
> attendance at the Annual Conference.  So, the ISGs went bye-bye; deleted;
> destroyed, purged without a certificate of destruction.  Now we have
> Industry Roundtables..., and ARMA begrudgingly provides space for these at
> the Annual Conference; one meeting per year...  No money in it for them;
> why bother with us; why bother with what members might need..., if ...there
> is no profit in it for ARMA?
> 
> Focus on what the members want and need..., or focus on what brings profit
> to Int.?  And..., I know very well the need to be fiscally solvent as an
> association.  Nevertheless, what is the focus/reason for the association?
> Why do we have members?
> 
> On a little different topic.., now ARMA Int. is trying to gain control $$$
> of the annual Regions' Leadership conferences. Trying to group those;
> CONTROL ($$$) those.  Never mind that some chapters will not be willing or
> able to foot the cost of sending as many Board members to a joint Regions'
> leadership; additional travel; and likely additional lodging costs.   ARMA
> Int will probably act surprised at the results of their attempts to control
> ($$$) Regions' Leadership conferences.  They may not realize it yet, but
> they kicked a hound dog sleeping content in the middle of a gravel road in
> rural America/Canada.  Not smart.
> 
> I expect I will hear from some people I have know for several decades on
> this.  Many privately and in support; some public and trying to keep the
> peace.  Some challenging what I have seen in my 31 years in the profession
> and as a member of ARMA Int.
> 
> I hate paper.
> 
> Best regards, Steve
> Steven D. Whitaker, CRM, IGP
> 
> 
> On Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM, Todd Johnson <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> 
> > Larry said: "What happened to the CONTENT and the STRUCTURE of the
> > conference?"
> > <snip>
> 
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