Another academic year comes to an end and so will my term as President of the Secretariat. I have been truly humbled to serve as your President this year. The Secretariat is such a highly respected and well-known organization and has really helped me developed new skills and improve on old ones. And - the best part is - getting to know all of you and building a network of friends! I hope you have all enjoyed the monthly luncheons, social gatherings, special events and have started to build a network of your own.
I encourage you to consider joining a committee in the upcoming year. Please contact me or any committee member to learn more about any of the committees that interest you! It’s a great way to meet new people and interact on a more intimate level. Most committees only meet a few times a year, so the time commitment is not overwhelming but it’s a great opportunity if you’re looking to add to your portfolio!
Congratulations to our newly elected officers –
President: Angie Wisehart - Business/Administrative Associate, Prairie Research Institute
President-Elect: Michael Foellmer – Assistant Director, Labor Education Program
Recording Secretary: Laura Owen – Office Manager, Bureau for Educational Research at the College of Education
Treasurer: Jill Odom- Administrative Assistant, Office of the VP, CFO & Comptroller, University Administration
Thank you to all the elected officers and committee chairs this past year –
Angie Wisehart, President-Elect, Website Chair and Liaison to Staff Advisory Council
Jill Odom, Treasurer and Illinois Representative to the State Universities Civil Service Employee Advisory Committee
Rebecca Nash, Recording Secretary, Career Connections Committee (C3) Chair and Office Professional of the Year Chair
Susan Schuh, Auditing
Debbie McCall, Bylaws-Parliamentarian Chair
Selena Douglass, Historian
Donna Miller, Marketing and Branding Chair
Michael Foellmer, Membership Chair
Lori Stalter, Newsletter Chair
James McGraw, Nominations and Elections Chair
Jane Baumgartner, Boss of the Year Chair
Sonja Bean, Philanthropy Chair
Deb Flessner, Programs and Reservations Chair
Anne Price, Scholarship Chair
Andrea Fain, Social Events Co-Chair
Debbie Schoonover, Social Events Co-Chair
Lezli Cline, Social Media Chair
Thank you to all the Committee Members this past year –
Karen Myers, Tina Hill, Teresa Harvey, Betsy Lancaster, Beth Leamon, Colleen Hammel, Marie Kreoger, Laura Owen, and Lauri Quick
June’s luncheon is when we recognize past President’s, outgoing Officers, the current Committee Chairs and new or soon-to-be retirees. It is also when the 2017 Secretariat Member of the Year is announced. Registration information for the Wednesday, June 21st luncheon is below in the Programs and Reservation section.
Be sure to wish these members a “Happy June Birthday!”
Barb Russell, Katie Wax, Marcy Frerichs, Andrea Fain and Katherine Freeman
Also, these members celebrate their UI Anniversary in June as well!
Lezli Cline, Lori Stalter, Barb Russell, Becky Burklund and Sandy Hardin
I would also like to recognize the May Birthday’s that I missed last month…
Linda Meccoli, Erica Hanson, Deanna Dale, Penny Ames, Michael Foellmer, Janette Bradley Wright, Rita Conerly, Stacy Dudzinski, Laura Owen and Tami Fazio.
And, the May Anniversaries...
Tracie Hediger, Lauri Quick, Laura Lotzgesell, Kari Mahannah, Jill Ouellette and Susie Conrad
I hope that you have enjoyed your Secretariat membership this year! The Secretariat Board is always looking ahead and working to enhance what is presented to the membership. I am pleased to announce that, at the May Business Meeting, the Secretariat membership passed several bylaw changes that will take effect with the new fiscal year in July. I believe these changes will enhance your experience with the Secretariat and increase your professional development opportunities. Please continue to share your thoughts and ideas with the board. The Secretariat depends on all of our members for continued growth!
Once again, thank you for helping make this a great year for Secretariat and thank you for allowing me to serve as your President!