In Case You Missed It. . .
We had a great turnout for our Fall meeting in Richmond. When we looked at our numbers, we realized that we had nearly 50% member participation, which is amazing for a group of any size! There were ten of us present at the meeting; it was great to see old friends and welcome a couple of new faces.
A HUGE thank-you to Cathy Seckman for a superb job of organizing the meeting. Everyone contributed to the presentations, and even those who were not actively presenting added valuable insight to the discussions. We had mini-presentations by yours truly (Meridith Murray--on organization--before, during and after); Carol Reed (on UX--user experience, which is a hot topic these days); Margie Towery (on writing for ASI publications, something she knows a great deal about. Check out her new book!); Margaret Hentz (on locating sample indexes on Amazon--this engendered some very interesting discussion); and Cathy Seckman (on work-life integration, another hot topic. I've even indexed books about this recently.) Another huge thank-you to the presenters, for taking the time to prepare such excellent presentations and to share them with us. Each of the presenters will be writing blog posts summarizing their material, and Carol will be posting them soon. Watch our blog! Thanks also to Cherry Delaney for the delicious brownies!
Following lunch and a business meeting, we had some time to evaluate sample indexes. This always leads to interesting observations and discussion. If anyone was unable to attend the meeting but would like for me to send you copies of the indexes we looked at, I will be glad to do that. I always find that exercise very instructive.
The business meeting mostly focused on the upcoming changes in chapter organization necessitated by updates to the tax code concerning nonprofit organizations. It is VERY important for all ASI members to vote on the proposed changes to the by-laws, as the vote will not be valid without a quorum. Contact us if you have any questions about how this will affect the chapter.
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