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Greetings from new IAAP Executive Director, Jay Donohue

Read all about the new IAAP rebranding guidelines here.

We Never Stand Alone

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


Forest City Chapter is one of 21 chapters 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!

Chapter Project: The Gathering Place

The Forest City Chapter has chosen to work with The Gathering Place as our chapter project this year. At our November chapter meeting, we invited Beth Darmstadter, Chief Development Officer at The Gathering Place to tell us a little bit more about the work they do.  The mission of The Gathering Place is to support, educate and empower individuals and families touched by cancer through programs and services provided free of charge.

Follow this link to their webpage with the new organizational video link on the home page (to the right side): www.touchedbycancer.org.

The direct link to the YouTube video can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlhrkN4rkx8
Forest City Chapter Candy Fundraiser

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

An invite to be the next member spotlighted was sent to a number of members.  A new member spotlight will be coming soon.  This spot is a great way to get to know your fellow members.

Contact me at gwendolyn.cox@tri-c.edu to be the next spotlight!

Best regards,



Unsolicited Information/CAN-SPAM Act


I know many of us are already hard at work sending out newsletters and meeting invites for the new IAAP year. I wanted to post a quick reminder about mass emails (10 or more people) that come from chapter, divisions or other groups within IAAP. When you create an email intended for a large audience, it is preferable to paste all of the emails on your distribution list in the BCC field, as opposed to the To field.

Using the BCC field prevents your recipients from seeing the entire email list you're distributing to. This is especially important if you're distributing meeting flyers or newsletters to new members or large groups of people who you may not know personally. We want to make sure we protect our members' email addresses as much possible.

If you have any other tips, please feel free to share. Here's a good blog post on the subject that goes into more detail. If you have any questions, please let Ben McClanahan at HQ know.

2013-2014 Member of Excellence Criteria

Revised to take effect for 2013-2014 IAAP Year:

In order to qualify as a 2013-2014 Member of Excellence, the criteria (except #1 and #5) must be met in the 2013-2014 IAAP year. You must meet 8 of the 11 criteria. Only criteria #6 is a mandatory requirement. Your member of Excellence application must be submitted online. If you do not have the ability to submit the form online please contact Tonia Nelson at tonia.nelson@iaap-hq.org.

Revisions and clarifications to the criteria are identified by bold/underlined text.

IAAP Headquarters reserves the right to request original documentation of criteria earned. If you are selected for an audit you will be notified and provided audit criteria and suggestions via email.

Recertification Information

The recertification application and spreadsheet have recently been updated and are available on the IAAP website under the tab Certification - Recertification.

Effective immediately, individuals do not need to submit supporting documentation of points when they apply for recertification. CAP holders will submit an application, fee and a spreadsheet that provides the details of all points earned within the past five years. Supporting documentation may be requested if an applicant's application is randomly audited or in the event additional information is needed in order to determine eligibility of points.

Additionally, the IAAP officer and chair positions approved for recertification will change with the 2013-2014 year. The approved positions are: president, president-elect, vice president, secretary, treasurer, webmaster, and committee chairs of certification, education/programs, and newsletter.

Chair positions served prior to July 2013 for new chapter builder (divisions only), student chapter, bylaws and standing rules, and retirement trust foundation will still be awarded recertification points. These positions will not be eligible for recertification points after June 30, 2013.

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.