A Letter From Our President
August 27, 2012
Dear Members and Friends:
This July marked the start of the new fiscal year for the San Fernando Valley chapter of APICS and my second year of a two year term as President. We ended last year in a financially strong position as a result of successful programs that were planned and offered by the board and supported by our members and business community. Thank you.
The all volunteer board worked very had this past year and offered the following:
- 6 dinner meetings, one of which was jointly sponsored by the San Fernando Valley National Association of Purchasing Managers (NAPM) group which allowed us to bring Joel Barker in to town to share his insights on the Future.
- 2 Plant tours which we are now offering preferential registration to members first.
- 2 workshops on Cycle Counting.
- 1 seminar on Inventory Control.
- 1 Seminar on S&OP with another leader in this field – Tom Wallace who literally “wrote the book” on this topic.
- 8 CPIM courses at various companies.
- 5 CPIM courses at the Professional Development Center in partnership with the Glendale Community College.
- 2 Principles courses at the new University Center in partnership with College of the Canyons.
Not only did we offer all the educational events listed above, we also participated in the NAPM Supplier Night, the Valley Industrial Associations B2B event and the CSUN Evening with Industry student night where we offered a generous scholarship.
I’m pleased to be associated with such fine board members who work diligently to plan events, market and promote events, prepare teachers for the classrooms, manage the finances in a fiscally responsible manner and take care of all the behind the scenes work to make your experience a positive one. A few new board members have joined us for this coming year and I’m excited about what they will contribute.
In order to continue to provide this high level of services, we need additional board members. I extend to each of you a special invitation to attend a board meeting (every 1st Thursday of the month) either at Abe’s Deli or the COC University Center. Just let us know you are coming and we’ll make sure to have dinner for you. We recognize that in order for you to give of your valuable time, there must be something in return. We’ve put together a new and exciting list of benefits we offer board members. I was told the list is too long to include here, so please contact me and I’ll forward you the list. I’m confident there is something there that you would be willing to have in exchange for helping the chapter.
Because we “practice what we teach” with regards to continuous improvement, we are always looking for ways to do things better, faster, more efficiently. This past year we began using DropBox and GoogleDocs to better manage our documents and help our committees function more efficiently. We put the Google Calendar tool to work to help us better manage all the events. We’ve been using SurveyMonkey for years to get your input after attending dinner meetings, however this year we expanded its use to get your input on topic ideas for seminars, conduct the officer elections and ask our students about their experience in the classrooms.
A budget has been approved that includes another full year of classes, seminars, plant tours, dinner meetings and other events. It is expected that given the current market conditions and economic outlook that this coming year will have similar positive financial results. I am looking forward to having you join us as professionals who are learning and networking at the PDMs, as students who are gaining knowledge and working towards degrees and/or certification, as academics who provide valuable support and as friends.
Your input is important and we welcome your suggestions and ideas on how to increase the value the chapter provides. If you have ideas please contact us. We would love to hear from you. You can reach any of the board members through our website (www.apics-sfv.org), by attending the board meetings, or at the dinner meetings.
Shannon Reininger, CPIM
President – San Fernando Valley chapter of APICS