As my term as your state President winds down and I am preparing to transition the reins of our state chapter over to our next state President and next year’s board, I am thinking back over all of the things I wanted to accomplish during my tenure as well as all of the things that we did accomplish.
One of my goals before I became state President was I wanted to get our state political action committee, ISAHU-PAC, re-organized and re-invigorated. Under the leadership of ISAHU-PAC Chairman Roger Skinner, Past ISAHU-PAC Chairman, David Berman and ISAHU Legislative Chairman, Dwight Hall, that goal has been accomplished. We now have an active ISAHU-PAC board with representation from every local chapter from around the state except two. ISAHU-PAC is seeing increased contributions and membership. Many thanks to our ISAHU-PAC board members for all of the work that they have done to make this happen.
Another goal I had was to get our membership stabilized and on the path to growth. Under the leadership of State Membership Chair, Mike Watts and State Retention Chair, Jessica Croquart, we have developed and implemented a strategic membership plan that is starting to show results. For the first time in recent years our state membership is starting to grow. While more work will be needed to get our membership numbers up to where they were a decade or more ago, I am hopeful that the work started by our state membership team will continue to produce the results we want.
Other goals were to establish additional non-dues revenue sources for our state association and to develop some continuity for the future leadership of our state association. Under the leadership of our State Communications Chair, Jeff Goodwin, your state board recently voted to implement several affinity programs that will provide additional non-dues revenue for our state association. Jeff has a lot of experience in this area and was able to vet as well as negotiate agreements with these affinity vendors. More information will be coming out soon as we get these affinity programs finalized and rolled out to our membership.
In regards to the continuity and future leadership of our state association, for the first time in recent years, we started off the fiscal year with a full board. As President-elect Don Griffey prepares to take the reins as your new state President on July 1st, it looks like he will also have a full board for the next fiscal year. Another major accomplishment towards the continuity of your state association was we were able to successfully negotiate a Management and Services Agreement with SuperPixel, LLC to take a more expanded role. This expanded role includes providing a physical association office location and phone number for ISAHU as well as additional third party services for document management/ storage, e-mail/campaign management as well as continuing our website management and maintenance services.
I want to thank our ISAHU Board of Directors for all of the work that they have done over the past fiscal year as well as all of the member of our association from around the state for all they do on behalf of our association and our industry.