Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Happy New Year!
‘Tis the Season to get the new calendars out and begin planning the New Year. For me, it is shaping up to quite busy, already! Here are some important GNW Region of ARMA dates you may wish to get onto your 2006 calendar right away!
February 14 – ARMA International Elections ballots are due. ARMA will be mailing ballots to its members around January 6th. You may learn more about the candidates by visiting the MyARMA section of the ARMA website (www.arma.org/myarma). There you will find candidate bios and their perspective on current RIM issues. There is also a transcript of the “Candidate Forum” which was held in Chicago at the conference. You may also ask questions of the candidates via the Candidate Forum on the member forum page – and, of course, read answers of questions that others have asked. While in MyARMA, you may wish to check your own profile to be sure your contact information is correct. I encourage you to exercise your voting rights in our organization!
March 13-15 – The Great NW Region Conference will be held in Seattle, WA. Plan to come into town the day before (Sunday) for a couple terrific “socials” that the host, Greater Seattle Chapter, has arranged. There will be a cocktail hour in the Space Needle as well as tickets to the EMP (Experience Music Project) and the Science Fiction Museum at the Seattle Center. Then, Monday morning will begin a two-and-a-half day whirlwind of marvelous speakers and sessions in two “tracks.” You should begin looking for the brochure with all the details sometime in January. The conference registration fee will be $300 for ARMA members (up to a cutoff date). The Best Western Executive Inn, 200 Taylor Avenue North, is the location for the conference. Room rates will be pretty reasonable - well under $100!
June 23-24 – The Great NW Region Leadership Conference will be held in the Greater Portland, Oregon area. We appreciate the Oregon Chapter for hosting this one-and-one-half day event in 2006. If you have, will be, or are considering serving your chapter as a Chapter Board of Director member, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the governance of our Chapter, Region and International organizations; tips and training on performing your duties for your chapter; and a wonderful chance to network with other volunteers from our GREAT Region. Watch for more information about this event in future chapter publications and this column.
Fran and I will be visiting several chapters during the next several months. We very much look forward to meeting each of you. Thanks for being a member of our Association! I wish you a prosperous 2006!
Very truly yours,
Susan M. Lord, Manager
Great NW Region of ARMA
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
A BREAKFAST MEETING! ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 5TH
Our Thursday, January 5, 2006, meeting will be a BREAKFAST MEETING, at the Best Western Executive Inn (200 Taylor Ave N). Our program will be timely--starting 2006 with positive and helpful information to reduce the feelings of stress in the workplace and other areas of your life. Please consider inviting coworkers or others in your life who may benefit from this program.
Our speaker is Patricia Klingler, CPC (Certified Professional Coach), of "Xplore Your Zing! Coaching." The program topic is "Less Stress, More Success."
Consider this: 80% of workers feel stress on the job, nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress, and 42% say their coworkers need such help. More than 50% of adult Americans suffer adverse health effects due to stress. Patricia will speak to the Greater Seattle chapter of ARMA about a pressing social and workplace issue - personal stress.
Patricia's specialty is helping people cope with stress. Both men and women are afflicted; hence the prevalence of stress in the home, community, and workplace. In the workplace, stress can affect productivity and bottom lines in the work environment. It's easy to see someone in a fit of rage or with a regular pattern of absenteeism. And what about "invisible stress," which sometimes has a greater impact? Patricia will speak about techniques and strategies that can help us identify some common stressors in the workplace, and steps that can be taken to alter the occurrence and the impact of stress behaviors.
She promises that we'll leave her presentation:
- understanding how stress manifests itself
- recognizing the benefit of empowerment and personal choice
- providing tools that can minimize the likelihood of stressed employees
Date: January 5, 2006
- 7:30 Registration
- 8:00 Breakfast
- 9:00 Program
Cost: Members $25.00; Guests $30.00
Menu: Pike Place Brunch Buffet Fruit Juice , Seasonal Fruit Tray , Scramble Eggs, Sausage Links and Sliced Ham, Baby Red Potatoes, Eggs Benedict Crepe wrapped Chicken, Smoke Salmon with bagels and Cream Cheese, Belgian Style Waffles, Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated or Tea.
Parking: Parking at the Best Western parking lot is located behind and underneath the hotel. You may either drive up to gate and ask to be let into the parking through the intercom or, if it’s open simply drive in. Pick up your free parking pass at the meeting registration desk and return to your car. the holiday season in full swing and folks beginning to take holiday vacation time and just plain
Register NOW at the Greater Seattle Chapter's Web site <-- CLICK HERE!
Andrea Bettger, Greater Seattle Secretary
January 2006 Workshop & Chapter Meeting
Puget Sound Chapter of ARMA International
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
La Quinta Inn, Tacoma, Washington
Workshop: 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Registration/Social: 5:30 - 6:00 pm
Dinner: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Program: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Workshop Only: $10.00
Workshop & Dinner Program: $25.00
Dinner Program: $20.00
Add $3.00 to each Dinner fee above, if you register after the deadline of January 6, 2006.
Workshop: “Case Study: King County Dept. of Development and Environmental Services”. Today records managers serve a growing number of customers in our organizations. How do we effectively manage this large work load? This workshop will explore how project management can be used to manage small and large records management projects. Techniques can help you to solve common problems with records management projects such as management support and resource allocation. Learn how these techniques were used for the King County Department of Development and Environmental Services records retention schedule project.
Speaker: Patty Holmquist, CRM joined King County Records Management in September 2004. Patty graduated from UPS with a degree in Business Administration, specializing in Organizational Behavior. She completed the Records and Information Management certificate program at the U of WA. She was awarded her CRM in 2002. Her experience in records management covers a broad spectrum of the business and public sector. She is a member of the Puget Sound Chapter of ARMA
Program: “Use of Technology in an Effective RIM Program”. The rapid pace of technology changes presents both challenges, and solutions to those challenges with respect to effective records management. Technology changes throughout society have resulted in records management becoming increasingly harder for many records managers. This presentation will explore 5 challenges in records management that advances in technology have brought about, and offer possible solutions that the very same technology offers to address these challenges.
Speaker: Gregory Trosset joined King County in September 2004. Bringing an IT oriented background to King County, Greg worked previously at Swedish Medical Center in the Information Services Department as a Senior Project Manager, Applications Analyst, and an Applications Group Supervisor. Previous positions in Healthcare Management have included work with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Capital Health Services, and Community Health Centers of King County. Greg also brings to the County over 20 years military service, both active and reserve and is currently a Commander in the Naval Reserve. He holds an MBA with a major in information systems, and a Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Administration, both from the State University of New York.
Make your reservations in several ways: Call Shirley Hines at: 253-653-9088, e-mail Shirley at Shirley.firstname.lastname@example.org, or register on-line at pugetsoundarma.org.
Registration Deadline: Friday, January 6, 2006. “No-Shows” will be billed.