CSI Northeast Region – No Boundaries
Why use “No Boundaries” as this year’s value statement? The Region is required to perform several specific tasks required by institute guidelines, other than that we can mold the region into what we (the chapters) want it to be, we are limited only by our imaginations.
At this past April’s Board meeting the Region Directors had voted to increase spending for increased services such as chapter visitations, electronic communications and leadership training. This is your money and under our new leadership we intend to spend it in ways that will directly benefit and support the chapters.
At the last Region Board meeting a single word which appeared on the list of what the Region needs to improve really struck home with me – ACT. Three simple letters which when implemented can produce great results. I promised the Region Directors I would do this and part of the plan developed by the incoming Executive Committee to provide increased value and service includes:
Communication– We are looking into telecommunication companies such as Webex, Skype & GoToMeeting to set up direct communication with the chapters on a regular basis The Region will be setting up Linked-in, Facebook & Twitter accounts as additional means of communication. We are developing a Region website presence on the Institute’s microsite.
Networking - It was agreed that the old Region Conference & workshops format were no longer relevant. New ideas for new formats are being explored which will still provide networking and learning opportunities for all members, not just licensed professionals.
Leadership Development – Less workshops on awards, technical, certification, etc. and concentration on true leadership development. The Board approved funding for another Leadership in Action leadership mentoring program through BU’s Arch of Leadership Program. Other leadership workshop ideas are being explored.
Chapter Support – Chapter visitations are required to be made by the Region President and Vice President to all the chapters over a two year period and we will be taking this responsibility seriously. We will use these visitations to listen, learn and share best practices. We will explore how the Region may be able to help struggling chapters.
Miracles happen overnight, serious change does not. The new Board will be working very hard throughout the year on the goals stated above and improve service to the Chapters. So I am now issuing a challenge to all of you – the next time you have an idea, concern or other, don’t sit back and complain about it – do something about it – ACT and help out on a Region Committee or Task Team.
Looking forward to working with/for you.
Kenneth R. Gehringer, AIA, CSI, CCCA
Northeast Region President