Message from the President
The past three months have been absolutely amazing! The response to IAP2 USA has been well beyond our hopes and dreams.
During this first quarter…
- Dozens of people have joined and renewed their memberships.
- Members are interested in starting chapters in New England, Washington DC, and Southern California.
- Our newest chapter, Gulf Coast in Texas, is gaining momentum, and the Grand Canyon chapter is planning to begin meeting again this Spring.
- The organization has been asked to endorse Campaign for Stronger Democracy’s Statement of Principles.
- We have formed a Strategic Alliance committee with the goal of making IAP2 USA the convener for the ongoing national dialogue about public participation.
- The Membership Development committee is developing a new list of membership categories and services to better meet the needs of our members.
- Chapter liaisons are being invited to serve on a Chapter Relations committee to determine how IAP2 USA can better support the chapters and assist emerging chapters.
- Plans are underway for a one-day symposium in Washington DC with federal agency officials to discuss how P2 can improve the government decision making process.
- A Programs & Services committee is creating new programs and training for members.
- We established the position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to help create a strong online presence for IAP2 USA.
- And so much more…
But we can’t do this alone! To continue to grow IAP2 USA, we need the passion and ideas of our membership. Over the coming weeks you will be receiving emails asking for your input on various proposals and seeking volunteers to help with many of the tasks listed above. I hope you will join us during this exciting time of molding IAP2 USA into the premier professional membership organization that sets the gold standard for public participation and provides the P2 research, knowledge and advice for organizations across the country.
Finally, a big heartfelt thank you to the members who have donated their time to help make the transition to IAP2 USA successful. More than 50 members have been actively involved. My personal goal is to triple that number by the end of 2011!