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A New Chapter for the Chapter

Summer is here! The kids are out of school. The D.C. humidity is back — I’m not sure anyone missed it, but it keeps coming back! Vacations are marked on the calendar, and the beach is calling your name. June is such a great month of fun and sun and also transition — the theme of the Chapter’s year.

As you are relaxing at the beach or by the pool, the Chapter staff is busy. The calendar here is light — the education and networking events schedule comes back in the fall — but that doesn’t mean we are not busy behind the scenes this summer! In fact, we are working on some major projects.

For the last two months, the Chapter office was a temporary office with staff working out of boxes and surrounded by memories of the past 40 years at WMCCAI. When packing up the old Suite 100 West, staff discovered boxes of old chapter photos — 1990s charity days, 1980s education sessions, and conference photos from the early 2000s just to name a few. On my desk is the 1978 Member Directory for the Washington Chapter, found deep in a box in the storage room. Flipping through that member directory shows how much the Chapter has grown and also how dedicated our members are to the Chapter — more than a couple of companies listed in 1978 are still on our member list today.

We aren’t only changing our physical space but also our online presence. The new chapter website will be unveiled this month. This site makes it easy to find the latest industry news, read past (and current) Quorum articles, and get involved in Chapter events. Visit us online and let us know what you think of the new www.caidc.org.

Have you seen the updated staff list? With staff departures come new arrivals. Our new communications manager and new event manager started during the spring, and both have hit the ground running. Look for our new staff members at committee meetings and chapter events — they (and all of us) would love to meet you.

My first 90 days as the executive director were filled with coordinating the office move and renovation, completing a website overhaul, and hiring two new managers, including my replacement in the event manager position. I want to thank the Board of Directors, members and staff for the amazing support and encouragement during these transitions. We, as a staff and chapter, are successful because of the incredible encouragement of our members.

The spring was full of change at the Chapter. This summer is about showcasing these changes. We can’t wait for you to experience the new chapter of your Chapter!

By Jaime Barnhart, CMP

Jaime Barnhart, as the chapter’s executive director, is responsible for implementing the organization’s mission and goals, and managing its staff. Jaime has worked in non-profits/associations in the D.C. Metro area for over 12 years focusing on program management, events, and trade shows, and marketing. She joined WMCCAI as the events manager in 2015.