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August 2018  

President's Report

I just can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to fall.  Who’s with me?  The kids are back in school and all the summer vacations are over.  Now we just need a football game and some 70 degree weather. 

Fall is also a great time to be part of the MS Chapter of the ALA.  We are planning an outstanding Business Partner Expo for this year.  No doubt, you will all want to be there for this one!  It would be great if each of you would also invite at least one other decision maker from your firm, maybe the person in charge of IT, or HR, or your service center, or even your managing partner; there will be something for everyone.  

The 2018 Business Partner Expo will be an all new experience!  We are moving to a new venue, new time and new format.  The event will be held on September 20 at the Jackson Yacht Club and will run from 4:30 to 7:30.  We will provide food and drinks and, of course, lots of socializing.  During the last hour, we will also be giving away the Business Partner door prizes.  Also new this year, we will be giving away one early-bird registration for the 2019 ALA National Conference.  It is in Fort Worth, so it is a drivable distance.  So, go ahead and tell your husband, wife, kid, dog, or whoever, that you’ll be late getting home the evening of the 20th and plan to come enjoy a night of fun and games (yes we are planning a game).  You may even win a cool prize! 

Of course, I’d be remis if I failed to mention the monthly chapter meeting scheduled for Noon on August 28.  Our Vice President and Education Chair, Melanie Ainsworth, has lined up an outstanding speaker from Ricoh who will be discussing common issues facing firms today with a focus on diminishing profit margins.  I hope to see you all there!

Finally, it sounds like this will be our last chapter meeting with Nancy Canterbury, who has officially announced her intent to retire in September.  When I first joined the chapter, Nancy was one of the people who really stood out – not just because she was taller than everyone else – but because of her kindness, her warm smile and the way she made me feel welcomed and special.  I suspect that many of you had similar experiences.  Don’t miss a chance to come tell Nancy goodbye!  Hopefully we can twist her arm to persuade her to come back periodically to visit.


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Chapter News:





Nancy, You will be missed!


Upcoming Events:


Monthly Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

12:00 p.m. 

Capital Club


The 2018 Business Partner Expo

Thursday, September 20, 2018

4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Jackson Yacht Club

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