A New Year’s Message from the President| January 21, 2016

Jennie L. LambThe Blog

I hope you had a pleasant holiday break and have readjusted to work and life in 2016! The BVIABC Board of Directors is looking forward to providing our fellow Brazos Valley communicators with another year of quality professional development and networking opportunities.

A Special Birthday
What makes 2016 even more exciting is that our chapter is turning 35 years old! We’ll kick off our year-long birthday celebration with a special networking event in February. In addition, we’re planning new web content to honor the history of our chapter. Stay tuned for more details…we look forward to commemorating this special anniversary with you throughout the year!

About Awards
I want to take a moment to officially announce that our chapter will not be holding a local Bronze Quill (previously called “Brazos Bravo”) competition in 2016. Several factors have contributed to this decision.

1) In an effort to align BVIABC with IABC International’s awards program over the last several years, our chapter has faced considerable administrative and financial challenges, some of which are:

  • The subscription to IABC International’s electronic awards administrative/judging program is cost-prohibitive.
  • The commitment of reciprocal judging chapters is increasingly difficult to secure, due to more chapters moving to the new system, as judging under the system is no longer coordinated locally.
  • The new scoring rubric is more intense and has resulted in fewer entries, a more rigorous experience for judges, and fewer entries receiving awards.

2) While BVIABC has made a profit on the awards program for the last few years, the return on investment (ROI) is very low due to the many of the factors listed above. Professional development events offer a much greater ROI for our chapter.

3) Results from our August 2015 membership and participation survey, in addition to personal conversations, show that local communicators are not happy with the changes made to the local awards program over the last several years.

4) We are currently operating without an Awards Chair.

However, we haven’t ruled out the possibility of holding an awards program in the years ahead. We continue to discuss ways to develop a strictly local competition that would better showcase the communication strengths and projects that are most relevant to the professionals in our area, as well as ways to better administer the competition within our chapter. We invite you to share any suggestions you may have with us.

2/8/15 Edit: BVIABC members are welcome to enter the IABC/Houston Bronze Quill Awards Competition at member rates! And, our chapter will have an opportunity to assist in the judging phase of their competition.

Professional Development Workshop
Since there won’t be an awards event in April 2016, we’re planning a long-format professional development workshop event instead. Details are being finalized in regards to topics and speakers, but we envision a day-long event consisting of a morning and afternoon session. Participants will be able to choose either session, with lunch provided, or both! Please be on the lookout for more information about this exciting opportunity.

We hope to see and interact with you soon—perhaps at our Fame + Shame panel on Thu., Jan. 28, at another event, or via email or social media. Please contact me or any board member at any time. It’s our pleasure to serve you!

Sincerely,

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Jennie L. Lamb  |  BVIABC President, 2015–16  |  president@bviabc.com