by Rick Wamre
You might be asking why I am writing this month’s President’s Message. It’s not because I love to write in TIP. Read on to find out what is happening.
IFPA is seeing change every day. This can be good but it can also be pretty stressful. Last month we saw long time veteran Danielle Burnett move on to a new job and new challenges. Then we heard from Jane Means (President of IFPA) that she was no longer with her employer. We wish her well as she looks to the future.
We looked for ways to allow her to continue serving as president but couldn’t find a loop-hole that fit the situation. As a result, I was voted in by the board of directors to fill Jane’s remaining months. Chances are pretty good that I’ll also serve as president after those months end.
I couldn’t do this without the support of the board. You’ll notice on page 3 of this issue of TIP (The Independent Publisher) the changes to our board.
Joyce Frericks agreed to serve as Vice President. She is one of those people that rolls up her sleeves and gets the job done. Often she works behind the scenes and without a lot of fanfare. But you can always count on Joyce to finish a task on time, below budget, and done right.
Jane Quaroli has been serving as Sargeant at Arms. She also agreed to change her position. Roberts Rules of Order will still be followed closely as we conduct the business of IFPA. However, Jane will work as a Director giving her a voice and vote as we move forward. Jane is actively involved in the SHARE Groups we have each month.
Shane Goodman of CITYVIEW Magazine has also agreed to serve with us as a Director. Shane has been a leader in the free community paper industry for many years. We look forward to his insights and depth of experience.
Finally, changes continue as we adjust financial methods, websites, personnel, and CADNET verification systems. All these changes are for the good of the association and will help position us more aggressively for the future. Come along for the ride.