August 31, 2010 , Volume 3, Issue No. 2

From the Editor

This web-based newsletter serves as notice of our quarterly board meetings and communicates news of Council activities to our board and chapters. News items are shown with headlines and a short intro, linked to the full article on our Michigan Council web pages. News occurring between quarterly newsletter issues will be posted on our Council website, so please check there regularly, too. The website contains a schedule of all posted chapter meetings. You can find that at http://www.imamichigan.org/events .

Our newsletter mailing list includes all the current council board, active past council presidents, chapter delegates, chapter presidents. and others who would like to receive this communication. We encourage you to let us know what you think. Please contact us at webmaster@imamichigan.org .

Joe Nycum and Lee Bennett

Michigan Council News

Please follow the links below to read each article in full.

A Message from President, Chuck Phillips

September marks the start of both Football Season and local Chapter's education meetings. Your Chapter and the Michigan Council have been busy planning the educational events for this year.  I know it will be another great year for Chapters in the Michigan Council area.  Please visit your Chapter's web site for meeting information.  If you are not a member of the IMA, please follow this link to find the website of a Chapter in your area.  (see www.imamichigan.org/chapters)

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2010 Annual Fall Conference Registration Opens

Planning is nearly done for the 9th Annual IMA Michigan Fall Conference Monday, October 25, 2010. Council President, Chuck Phillips and the planning committee will produce another valuable learning opportunity for our Michigan area members. Chuck opened up on-line registration this week, so register early and get an Early Bird discount. The Michigan Council has maintained last year's pricing, so it's another great bargain.

We will again have 8 full hours of CPE for our members and guests, including 2 hours of Ethics CPE, which is the annual requirement for our certified members. We hope you will plan to attend this year's conference. Our previous conferences were held on Thursdays, so remember this year's conference falls on a Monday.

See the Fall Conference page on our website to view the slate of speakers and topics, along with registration information. Watch for email blasts, too.

Ann Arbor Chapter News

Ann Arbor Chapter President, Bill Ebright, invites members to keep checking the Chapter's website for the 2010-2011 lineup of exciting and informative speakers.  The Ann Arbor chapter was awarded an 11th place banner in June and has placed in the IMA's top 25 for 5 consecutive years.  The next chapter meeting is Thursday, September 16, 2010 at Damon's in Ann Arbor. Please note this will be the location for the September and October meetings.

See Ann Arbor's website at http://www.imamichigan.org/annarbor .

Grand Rapids Chapter News

Grand Rapids Chapter President, Carol Van Dyke reported that the Chapter is hosting a lunch meeting at Grand Valley State University in downtown Grand Rapids on Tuesday, September 21, 2010. 

Mary Bauman-Miller Johnson will speak on "The Effect of Healthcare Reform on Your Business".

The Grand Rapids Chapter has recently updated it's website. See the new site at the link below.

See Grand Rapids' new website, at http://www.imamichigan.org/grandrapids .

Lansing-Jackson Chapter News

Lansing-Jackson Chapter President, Gareth Beaty, reported that the Chapter is scheduled to have a planning session on August 19th.  News about scheduled meetings and events will be posted on the

Chapter's website at http://www.imamichigan.org/lansing-jackson .

Michiana Chapter News

Michiana Chapter President, Brenda Engel reported that the Chapter had their CMS in July and is having a planning session August 21st with a potluck cookout at Diamond Lake. Brenda also mentioned that the Chapter's technical meeting schedule is coming together for the year and that members can look forward to some very good topics and two plant tours.  The Michiana Chapter will be applying for MEF funding for a student event to be held in the fall.

For more Michiana Chapter information, please visit http://www.imamichigan.org/michiana .


IMA National News


The following news items of interest come from the National IMA site at http://www.imanet.org. Please visit that site for more news and information. To read the full articles below, just follow the "Read more" link after each article.

New IMA Website Launched

Chairman, Jeffrey Thomson reported that the IMA launched the new website.  More functional and clearer navigation.  Also new learning center that allows users to more efficiently and effectively manage all of their courseware, whether it be CMA exam prep, on-going learning and/or CPE.

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11th Annual Student Leadership Conference

It’s time to think differently and create your own opportunity for career success. In this age of social networking, there is nothing online that has yet to replace the importance of meeting people in person. Join IMA at its 11th Annual Student Leadership Conference and learn how to position yourself for future success.
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IMA Webinars

The IMA webinar program brings you the latest thinking and developments in the field.

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