President’s letter: March
I’m absolutely thrilled with the new IABC Victoria Website and thanks so much to all of you who have taken the time to write / tweet about how good it is looking. Big thanks go to Stacey Buchanan and Kelly Vandrine for driving it home, and also Mike Lagastes and Kate O Donnell for some solid time spent getting it ready for launch. There’s still a few tweaks to happen, if you see something that needs work do let one of us know.
We used a small Queensland firm Alyte Creative for this and the design of our new communications pieces (newsletter, events updates and special notices). They have been really fantastic to deal with – even in the midst of floods and cyclones; they have pushed on and respected our desired timeframes. A big thank you to Ben and the team at Alyte.
I have been in touch with members of IABC South Island, New Zealand to see if there is anything we can do. At this point they are very deep in crisis activity – and more the organising and distributing of supplies than the coordinated communications side of business continuity. They appreciate our thoughts and will let us know if / when they have something they would like some of us to pick up.
On a more uplifting note, I am delighted to introduce Anny Ma (University of Melbourne) and Jessica Ciccotelli (Deakin University) as our new Student Chairs on the Board. This is a new role for the chapter and one designed to advance our goals of sustainability. The brief is pretty broad at this point – basically assist in building linkages with Educational Institutions and student bodies, work with our Education Chair, Elise Olney, and increase cross generational communication and thinking in our chapter. We will profile them on the new website in the near future.
Planning for this year’s Gala Dinner (including the Bronze Quill Award Ceremony) is in full swing. Last year’s was a sell out, so don’t hesitate when the tix come on sale! I have heard whispers that Linkedin Members will get advanced warning and the early bird ticket price when it comes on sale, so if not a member of the Linkedin Group you may wish to be!!
And on that note, make sure you do get your ticket to the March 24 lunch on Measuring Social Media. It’s been a vexing issue for many, and it’s fantastic that we have now got to a point in the industry where there are some meaningful measures.
I’ll see you there?