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Welcome to the Forest City Chapter of IAAP, serving administrative professionals in the Greater Cleveland (Ohio) area.

Forest City Chapter was chartered in June of 1946 making it the 5th chapter in the State of Ohio. The Chapter meets once a month, September through June, on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in the Independence area. In 2011-2012, the Forest City Chapter celebrated our 65th Anniversary. Congratulations members!

Seven Characteristics of a Visionary

Short Term Front Page Additions

August 26 - Powerpoint – Animations, Transitions and Timings


Pull for the House

Pull for the House Program
Click here to learn more about helping the Ronald McDonald House by collecting tabs from soda cans, pet food tins, and, yes, even adult beverage cans!

Member Spotlight


Sonya D. Callahan, CAP-OM, BS
Streetsboro, Ohio

Where do you work?
Lifebanc, the organ recovery organization for Northeast Ohio. Sonya has been employed by Lifebanc for over 8 years and is the Community Services Associate. Although Sonya is responsible for many tasks, she mainly educates and brings awareness to all communities within Northeast Ohio about the importance and critical need of becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor as well as registers individuals on the Ohio Donor Registry. In addition, she coordinates Lifebanc volunteers to conduct general presentations as well as donor drives and conducts general presentations and donor drives, herself.

Did you know?
In April, Sonya received a wonderful and exciting opportunity in addition to her Community Services duties. Lifebanc asked if Sonya would like to train and become the new Bureau of Motor Vehicles Liaison to all 77 BMVs in Lifebanc’s 20-county service area. As the BMV Liaison, Sonya would be responsible for making sure each BMV is visited on a quarterly basis as well as scheduling Lifebanc volunteers to share their donation stories with the BMV employees. She will be accountable for completing initial visit reports, educating BMV employees, if necessary, and maintaining positive relationships and serving as a resource for BMV employees as they are hugely responsible for helping Lifebanc increase the number of registered organ, eye and tissue donors in Northeast Ohio.

Furthermore, on May 10, 2014, Sonya “finally” graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Services Administration from Bryant & Stratton College and was nominated as Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities Colleges (Bachelor’s Division). Lastly, she recently applied for graduate school at Kent State University to pursue a Master’s in Education in Community Health Education and Promotion.


Chapter Dissolution Information

The following message is also on the Revitalize! Blog on the IAAP public site (homepage).

The members spoke. The IAAP Board of Directors listened.
"I'd like you to consider keeping chapters open as long as possible. I'm worried about chapter members losing interest."
"While I understand we need to change, please don't make my chapter close in December. We already had plans for APW next year."
"Please reconsider closing down chapters by December of this year. We have three new members and I'm afraid without the chapter contact, they'll leave IAAP before the branches are up."
"If we stay open through Administrative Professionals Day next year, we can use our chapter outreach to promote the new branches."

These are only a few of the hundreds of member opinions about the dissolution that the board received through emails, phone calls and in person at division annual meetings. Armed with these opinions and suggestions, in addition to the recommendations of the Dissolution Working Group, the board met last week via Adobe Connect web conference to discuss this aspect of the IAAP restructure and revitalization initiative.

After looking at our timeline for the creation of branches and listening to the membership, the board voted to allow chapters to dissolve anytime between now and April 30, 2015. Divisions will dissolve no later than June 30, 2015.

Following the dissolution of a chapter, all members will be transferred to division members-at-large, unless otherwise requested by the member. This will ensure IAAP touch points with members as the branch structure is getting underway.

The branch structure will be in place in the spring of 2015 and begin to deliver education following Louisville, 2015. This allows IAAP members a seamless transition from chapters and divisions to the new branch structure.

Please look for more information about the continued efforts of the revitalized IAAP in the coming weeks. We will have more announcements about the branch structure, locations, volunteer and leadership opportunities, as well as other exciting aspects of the new IAAP.

Chapter and division leaders received a detailed message concerning the nuts and bolts of dissolution. If you'd like to read that, you can find it in the IAAP Web Community. You will need to be logged in to view it.

Emily Allen
Manager of Communications

Membership Cards

Emily Allen posted the following in the 2012-2013 Division Presidents e-Group:

Starting in January 2013, IAAP is reinstating the membership card for new and renewing members. We are also sending all new members (via mail) a hard copy new member packet in addition to sending them the link for the online new member kit.

Here's how it works:
Starting in January, new and renewing members will receive a membership card. New members will also receive a mailing with the current edition of OfficePro, a member brochure, a certification brochure and (when applicable) a flier with current event information.

When members renew throughout the year, they will receive a membership card with their renewal receipt.

Once you receive your membership card, hold onto it. Replacement cards will cost $15. We are unable to issue cards to renewing members before your next anniversary renewal date.