From the President

    Spring 2021

    Hello Chapter Members!

    The past year has been filled with extraordinary challenges for Facility Managers to provide safe work environments and healthy buildings in response to business needs throughout the pandemic.  Partnerships were created, resources leveraged, and many virtual meetings were attended to bulk up business continuity and emergency response strategies. 

    For the Eastern Iowa IFMA Chapter that meant meetings were held virtually at no cost and pandemic resources filled our website.  We also reestablished our relationship with the Central Iowa IFMA Chapter as we looked for more ways to provide opportunities for our chapter members.  I'm happy to report our meeting attendance this year has remained steady and we also reached members who don't always get the opportunity to attend in-person events. We are thrilled to have several new members join this past year, and look forward to developing these relationships.

    Since we focused on our members by providing free meetings and suspending sponsorship requests, we will not be awarding a scholarship this year at World Workplace.  However, our 2020 scholarship recipient, Erika Schroeder from Kirkwood Community College, will have the opportunity to attend World Workplace in Kissimmee, FL this fall since the in-person event was canceled last year.    

    Lastly, I'm excited to share the chapter events planned through the summer.

    • The May meeting will be an in-person tour event and social hour for members who are ready to meet in person. The tentative date is May 20. 

    • We will also hold our annual golf outing and cookout on June 3.   

    • Outdoor summer socials are planned.

      • Tin Roost - North Liberty - June 24

      • Clock House - Cedar Rapids - July 29

      • Local Pour - Cedar Rapids - August 26

    Mark your calendars for the events above and join us again in person as you feel comfortable to gather.  

    Cindy Barnett - Chapter President