Dear GTC IFMA members,
I’m writing this President’s Letter as summer “officially” comes to an end and as many North Carolinians struggle with the after-effects of Hurricane Florence. Our membership has a stellar reputation for helping those who need help.  We had already planned an event, Yappy Hour/Bingo for Bones, to benefit the local SPCA. As you can imagine, they used the bulk of donated funds ($875!) for hurricane relief.  Please continue your support of our neighbors in need (both human and those with four paws).

Many members ask why GTC IFMA can’t make a direct contribution to local charities?  IFMA’s by-laws state that we are a non-profit organization and therefore cannot contribute money directly; however, thanks to our Community Outreach Committee, headed by Kellie Renzi and Ed Boyle, we have many opportunities throughout the year to support local organizations.   In November, they will be heading the GTC’s efforts to collect Toys for Tots.  March Madness allows us to funnel contributions to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Triangle.  Not to be outdone, our Spring Golf Tournament Committee, under the tutelage of Todd Taintor and Buck Fisher, raises approximately $10,000 for IFMA-related scholarships.  And summer brings the annual Ronald McDonald House dinner preparation and service.  Please join us or suggest additional opportunities for service.  

As you work on the Hurricane Florence-related repairs needed at your facilities, please remember to check our current sponsorship list for resources to help you.  It’s through their efforts that we’re able to host our events, luncheons, and tours…and they appreciate your business!

In closing, I’d like to remind all of you that World Workplace takes place this year in Charlotte, NC and begins on Wednesday, October 3.  So far, 70 of our members are registered to attend.  Our Professional Development Committee, chaired by Randal Goller, awarded four scholarships to this year’s event (see additional letter in this newsletter). Special thanks to Connie Drake for her assistance in planning the event in conjunction with the Charlotte chapter (actually, ALL the Carolinas chapters) and to Laura Shaw for her work on the IFMA Foundation Gala. 

Have fun and stay safe!

Cris Karasek
President 2018-2019