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    Letter from the President - Fall 2017

    Eastern Iowa IFMA members and potential new members:

    The board has just finished up our yearly planning and recertification process, and we are excited to share the following developments with you: 
    We, as a board, are dedicated to promoting and growing the Facilities Management profession. We used a portion of our meeting time to develop a clear vision and mission statement, and are committed to aligning our goals and member meetings to these statements: 

    Mission: Advance the Facilities Management profession.

    Vision: Focus on improving our value of Facilities Management through knowledge and education.  Provide scholarships and information sharing to the future generation of facilities managers, and support the growth of current FM professionals. 

    We are coordinating with IFMA Foundation to award one local Iowa student (graduating senior or current college student), a one-time scholarship for $6,750. This amount breaks down into a $5,000 educational scholarship toward a school of their choice, and $1,750 to cover the cost of travel, hotel, meals, and entry to IFMA’s World Workplace where we will personally award the scholarship to our chosen student. 

    We have planned an exciting year of tours, educational seminars, and networking events, including the following:

    • Zipline tour of the historic YMCA Union Park Camp in Dubuque.

    • Dean T. Kashiwagi, PhD, PE, IFMA Fellow from Arizona State University addressing the topic of Utilizing Innovation to Maximize Cost Savings.

    • Job Fair for high school/college students to meet FMs and our vendors to discuss career planning/engagement.

    • Click here to view the 2017-2018 meeting schedule.

    We have added a Technology Chairperson and Communications Chairperson, who will focus on member engagement, technology for members to attend meetings via skype, and to improve our website and social media presence – stay tuned for developments. 

    We appreciate the support of all of our members and hope this “sneak peek” at our upcoming year will encourage you to join our monthly meetings and invite others who may benefit from our growing chapter! 

    Best Regards, 

    Paige Butterfield, EI-IFMA President