July -- President's Message

Thursday, July 24, 2014 7:18 PM | Deleted user

To quote George Gershwin, "Summertime -- and the livin' is easy!"


Since many of our members are on vacation, the chapter has taken a short respite with no meetings held during the month of July.


During this time your board has kept busy with two activities. The first is the re-naming and re-branding of our chapter, and the second is learning more about your Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce membership.


As far as the re-branding, Yvonne Bogard is fabulously managing this project. The list of things to change is extensive. Required activities range from communicating, formatting newsletters and the website, registration, changing by-laws, names on bank accounts and contracts, and much more. While we have a full year to complete this effort, our goal is to complete our name change by the end of summer. With Yvonne's leadership, I'm confident we will be successful.


Last week, Yvonne, Sue Fody and I attended an orientation of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce to make sure we understood and could tell you about the great benefits available to you for being a member. Please take a minute to go to www.atdrmc.org and click on the Denver Chamber Link. Benefits that you can take advantage include:

  • Leadership Training including Dale Carnegie at greatly reduced prices
  • Resources to help grow your business through the Denver Small Business Development Center
  • Great networking events
  • Training and volunteering activities
  • Programs to get discounts from Office Depot and others.

Our Denver Metro Chamber membership has benefits for everybody - whether you are in a corporate, non-profit entity, or your own business. Please see which resources can help you, and let us know what you think.


Your chapter is thriving. As of the writing of this newsletter, we have $25,358 in the bank, which covers a year of expenses, as part of our Chapter Operating Requirements (CORE). We currently have 217 members, down from June, but up for the year.


We hope to see many of you at the August 21st networking event at The Living Room on Broadway. We are partnering with the National Speakers Forum and the International Coaching Federation. This is a great opportunity to network with speaking, coaching and learning professionals.


We will start up in September with Carol Clark covering the hot topic of gamification, and in October Ken Phillips talking about evaluating your training.


Thank you for your continued support and contribution to our community. Your participation, thoughts and energy keep us strong and help us thrive. I encourage you to make the most of your membership by joining us at meetings, and volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to expand your skills and knowledge, and helps you get and stay connected to the Denver learning community.


We are here to serve you. Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. You can email me at rmagnotta@atdrmc.org.


Thank you,

Becky Magnotta

2014 ASTD Rocky Mountain Chapter President.

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