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Hello fellow Secretariat members! I am writing to you for the first time in my role at President of The Secretariat, and I am excited, nervous, and honored to lead this wonderful organization! I cannot do this alone, and I hope you will help me to make this year special for all our members. The goal for this year is to provide more professional growth learning sessions, establish mentoring relationships, and continue our fun social activities. The elected officers and committee members will work hard this year to find ways to help us all become better at our jobs, maybe learn some new skills, and make new friends! We all have something to contribute towards this longstanding organization. Even if you’re not sure you have what it takes to contribute, I know that you have plenty to offer to our members. Volunteering to serve on one of our committees, contributing towards one of our philanthropy efforts, or just having a presence at one of our programs or social events is all it takes! Even the small act of providing feedback to a committee’s request can prove beneficial to the entire organization. Our membership is growing, and just think of the networking and learning opportunities you can provide AND receive by participating. Always watch for upcoming events in the newsletter to make sure you don’t miss out.

If you’d like to become a committee member, you can review the list of our current committees to see which one may interest you the most: All of our committees need more members. This is a great way to improve or learn job skills and meet new people. Please do not hesitate to contact me, one of the elected representatives, or anyone on a committee with questions.

I want to congratulate the Secretariat Member of the Year, Jim McGraw! Jim received this award at our June luncheon. Jim has been a dedicated member, chairing the Nominations/Elections Committee, attending all monthly luncheons (including helping set-up and tear-down) and Executive Board meetings, and always stopping by for our after-hours social gatherings. Jim always lets everyone know how much he has learned from joining The Secretariat, in addition, to enjoying the people that he’s met.  What Jim may not realize is that The Secretariat has gotten just as much from Jim in return. He’s the perfect ambassador for our organization, and the award is definitely well deserved!

Bill Goodman (Assistant Dean for Administration, College of Applied Health Sciences) was awarded a Secretariat Honorary Membership at our June luncheon. Bill has been a strong supporter of The Secretariat for many years. He recognizes the opportunities that our organization provides to its members to improve leadership and teamwork skills. We all benefit from his awareness of The Secretariat as he always approves our request to use space in Huff Hall for our luncheons for free. Thank you for your support, and congratulations Mr. Goodman!

Also at our June luncheon, all attending Past Presidents were recognized, in addition to the 2016-2017 Executive Board members and Committee members. They each have, and still do, contribute greatly to the organization in more ways than even I can put into words. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT!

Finally, I want to thank Penny Nigh for her leadership as President during the 2016-2017 year. Several positive changes took place under Penny’s leadership because of her vision to want to better serve you. We now have a revised and current website, a mentoring focus, and a better awareness to provide more professional growth training opportunities. I am so happy that Penny is going to continue to stay active on the Executive Board in her role of ex officio and Co-Chair of the Membership and Mentoring Committee. Thank you, Penny, for your continued leadership and also for your friendship to so many of us. You truly are an asset to The Secretariat!

I look forward to seeing many of you in the coming year!

Angie Wisehart



(previously Program/Reservations)


12:10 PM – 1:00 PM

Wednesday, July 19th 

Main Quad


Secretariat Lunch on the Quad

We are getting out of the building for our July luncheon.


Bring your own lunch!

Bring a blanket!

Sit under a tree and visit with other Secretariat members!

No need to RSVP, unlimited seating available!


Also, mark your calendar for the August Luncheon where we will have a representative from the office of Employee Development and Learning who will highlight the new Human Resources website and offer career building information.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Andréa Fain, or Leta Summers,





Where to find us:

The Secretariat’s primary social media platforms are:


Pinterest: and


These platforms are used to promote our Organization, Campus, and Community events, as well as Trivia and Throw-back posts. If you don’t already use our social media accounts, sign up today!

Respectfully submitted,

Lezli Cline, Chair

Twitter: @SecretariatUIUC

Facebook: TheSecretariatAtIllinois

LinkedIn: The Secretariat - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Pinterest: We have 2 boards so far, Secretariat Photos and Images, and The Secretariat



What we're up to:

The Social Events organizers are taking a hiatus for the summer, but anticipate more opportunities to socialize with other Secretariat members in September!

Andréa Fain


What we've done:


Photos from this past month's luncheons and previous luncheons are available for your viewing on The Secretariat Flicker album. 

Selena Douglass




It is time to renew your membership with The Secretariat now! The Secretariat offers so many great opportunities to improve your leadership skills, advance your career, and connect with other office professionals across campus. Remind your friends and colleagues to join and please invite any NEW STAFF in your office to be a guest at an upcoming luncheon so they can see for themselves what we have to offer.

Please remember to let the membership committee know if you are planning to retire soon so that you can be a Secretariat retiree member! We will miss you very much, but we hope that you’ll come back for a visit! Email Michael at with your contact information and we will keep in touch.

Check out the membership page of our website for more information on joining!

Michael Foellmer



The Bylaws revisions that were approved by the membership at the General Luncheon Meeting on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 became effective with the membership year beginning July 1, 2017.  The approved combined committees and committee name changes are reflected in this newsletter.

Respectfully submitted,

Debbie McCall, Chair


“It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine…it’s summertime!” – Kenny Chesney

Sonja J. Bean, Philanthropy Chair


Please forward any pertinent newsletter information to Lori Stalter at