Our March 2014 board meeting and “Meet and Greet” at Capitol Lighting afterwards was fabulous. We were privileged to welcome our International President, Diane Fairburn, who was visiting from Ashland, VA where she is member of our Virginia Chapter.
Diane shared so much with us about her chapter and the events they hold. It was very inspiring. Learning about what works for other chapters is so valuable and we were fortunate that Diane could spend time with us sharing her experiences and wisdom at our meeting and at dinner afterward as well.
It was interesting to learn that the Richmond VA Chapter is mostly vendors and they are working towards adding more designer members. They hold Reverse Expos where Designers can attend and the Vendors go from Designer to Designer presenting their company ( as opposed to Designers going from Vendor booth to Vendor booth).
Diane read us something she wrote about the how networking within our organization works and how beneficial it can be. As Diane said, it can take time to build relationships. Participation is always a key ingredient. You can read her President’s Message in the next Network Newsletter which will appear on our national website soon. She also gave us great information on how her chapter and others had created their “Take a Seat” or TAS events in the past. As we begin to undertake this most incredible fundraiser, which will occur in October, we so appreciate all her insights.
Did you know that IFDA has grants to help people who have lost their jobs pay for their membership? Thanks for letting us know about that incredible member benefit, Diane.