Chapter of the Year Dinner

Thursday evening, September 20th, was an evening of celebration for the IFMA Tulsa chapter. Recognized as the 2006 Small Chapter of the Year at World Workplace in San Diego, the chapter set aside an evening to recognize all those that made this honor possible. In addition, the chapter celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Coordinated by the Chapter of the Year dinner committee consisting of Tom Seifried, Nancy Morgan and Brian Bennett, the event was held at The Bistro at Seville. In recognition of the chapter?s corporate sponsors, all Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors were invited to attend the event with their spouse at no charge. The chapter helped underwrite the cost of the dinner to keep the cost down for the attendees. In addition, Darrel Fortner of Fortner & Co. sponsored dessert and Tom, Nancy and Brian sponsored the appetizers.

The evening’s events were MC’d by former KRMG radio personality and husband of member Roseanne Bell, Marc Sherman. The evening started off with a welcome message from President, Carl Vincent. Sponsorship Chair, Paul Glavas and Co-chair, Tom Seifried, discussed the chapter sponsor program and thanked all the companies that have participated in the sponsor program. Brian Bennett outlined the Chapter of the Year submittal process and shared the questions that make up the Chapter of the Year submittal.

In addition to outlining the questions posed to chapters being considered, Brian also shared how the judging process works. After discussing how the award is determined, Brian recognized several of the members that were very instrumental in the chapter receiving the award. Those members included Sharon Marrs for her membership recruitment efforts, Tony Lenox for Programs, Ted Webb for Education and Ross Phippen for Certification.

After Brian’s presentation, Ted Webb gave a historical overview of the chapter covering the past 20 years. Many exhibits were on hand that Ted gave insights into. Included were the minutes from the first chapter meeting, an early treasurer’s report showing a balance of $800.00, the first chapter newsletter, etc. Ted also shared a letter that had been sent by Pat Hanford especially for the 20th anniversary celebration and our recognition as Chapter of the Year. Pat was one of our original members and now lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

The evening ended with a special presentation to Ted. To read about that presentation, click on the article regarding the Ted D. Webb Facility Management and Design Scholarship. It was a great way to bring 20 years of IFMA Tulsa to a close, recognize an individual that has been a big part of our success for the past 20 years and begin 20 more years of great accomplishments in the IFMA Tulsa chapter.