January 2020 Print

President's Message

Happy New Year and welcome to the 20’s!  A quick recap of 2019; there were multiple presentations on a variety of topics including lighting, controls, rebates and incentives, water quality, indoor air quality, and a couple special presentations on healthy workplaces by Dr. Mike Oneil and Empowering Leadership by Michelle Steffes.  Thank you to all who presented or sponsored throughout the year!  We had great participation and generous sponsorship for our Shoot for Scholars and Golf Outing events raising enough money to support 3 scholarships totaling $9500.  We had a fun evening celebrating the scholarship and member award winners at our annual banquet at the Fowling Warehouse. We held our first CFM review class in a while led by Jim Corby.  Approximately 20 West Michigan Chapter members attended IFMA’s World Workplace conference in Phoenix.  And lastly, the Whitecaps and Toys for Tots events were also a huge success!  Wow, what a year!   An extra special shout out to Tera Wierenga for putting together such a great year of meetings and events! 

Looking ahead into 2020 there are a number of presentations and events already lined up – check out the calendar to see what we have in store!  We’re looking forward to another successful year and hope to see you at the meetings and events!  -Jaime Rueffer

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Welcome New Members

IFMA West Michigan welcomes to following new members-


Valerie Dosch, Northpointe Bank

Dave Micele – ZGO Solutions/SPFE

David Hansberry – Service Express, Inc.

Carlos Zaldivar – LG Chem

Young Professional:

Amanda Hamberg – Service Express, Inc.

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Calendar of Events

IFMA West Michigan is excited to host another great year of content for our members and guests with our February presentation on Philanthropy and Business presented by Jon Ippel who serves as the Executive Director of Amplify GR.  Register here 

February 19th – 3:30 PM – NaturaShield – 1501 Madison SE – “Philanthropy and Business”

March 18th – 6:00 PM – Annual Banquet – Location TBD

April 15th – TBD – Open for hosts and speakers

May 20th – TBD – Location/Topic to be announced soon!

June 12th – 11:30 AM – Shoot for Scholars – Kent Conservation Club

July 23 – 5:30 PM – Annual Whitecaps – DTE Suite Level

August 7 – 7:30 AM – Golf Outing – Quail Ridge


Special thank you to those who joined the IFMA West Michigan January chapter meeting where members volunteered at Kids Food Basket packing lunches for the Sack Supper program.



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News Bites

Member of the Year Nominations Due Feb 1

We need your help--Nominate someone you know as IFMA West Michigan Member of the Year.  You can nominate for Professional Member, Associate Member, or fill in the blank for a new category suggestion.  Nomination is easy, click here and fill out 3 quick questions:


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2020 Kathy Pruden Memorial IFMA Scholarship

The winner of the Kathy Pruden Memorial IFMA Scholarship will receive $3,000 to use as they wish as well as an invite to the 2020 Annual IFMA WM banquet in mid-March.  If you are interested, please contact Jim Corby, Chapter Historian ([email protected]).  Complete applications are due no later than March 1, 2020.


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Corby's Corner

Support Your Local Chapter

With the start of the new year, most of us look at ways to improve ourselves and set goals or resolutions.  One typical focus tends to be on our careers, maybe enhancing our skills, changing jobs, changing careers, etc.  Well, if that is on your mind and may be one of your 2020 resolutions, the West Michigan Chapter has a way to help you out.  Throughout the year we have monthly meetings to help educate, inform, or provide networking opportunities to all our members.  Our VP Programs, Tara, works hard to gather interesting topics, find presenters, secure sponsors, and book interesting locations for our educational meetings.  Our standard Chapter meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 3:30-5:00pm, but we have added a few “drop in” or special meetings on some hot topics.  In addition, Tara works hard at planning and scheduling the Chapter social and special events like our Annual Scholarship & Awards Banquet and Toys for Tots luncheon.  We also Committees who plan our 2 annual scholarship fundraisers, Shoot for Scholars and the Scholarship Golf Outing.  So, there are lots of opportunities for the membership to participate, socialize, and learn.

I don’t think you all know this, but our Chapter has about 140 members, but our average attendance at meetings is 25 members, about 20% attendance rate.  Well, you can’t benefit from the Chapter unless you participate.  My call of action to you is to set a goal to attend more Chapter meetings and events.  If you normally attend 1 meeting per year, set a goal to attend 3.  If you have never made it to a social event or fund raiser, set a goal to attend 1.  You will be surprised how much you benefit from the participation and networking the Chapter has to offer.  Thanks for reading my rant…Happy New Year!

Jim Corby CFM


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