International Board Sets the Stage for Future Enhancements, Cancels 2015 Leadership Conference
At its Feb. 25 meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, the GEAPS International Board voted to cancel the 2015 Leadership Conference. This decision follows earlier decisions, made last November, to align the International Board leadership terms with the July 1-June 30 fiscal year and to move the Annual Meeting to the summer Leadership Conference.
“All of these operational changes are designed to support implementation of strategic initiatives,” says GEAPS Board chair, Jim Jundt, Pacific Ethanol Columbia LLC, Inland Empire. “By not having a Leadership Conference in 2015, we’re allowing the necessary time to incorporate the Annual Meeting and plan an enhanced conference for 2016,” Jundt added.
“The Leadership Conference has served as a valuable forum for gathering input on strategic initiatives from GEAPS leaders and providing leadership training, so we want to take the time to make sure we’re making progress on our current strategic initiatives before moving forward,” Jundt explained.
While the training aspect of the Leadership Conference won’t happen in 2015, chapter leaders are still encouraged to participate in the July 22-23 International Board meeting in Minneapolis. Travel reimbursement of up to $1,000 per chapter will be available as it has in previous years. “The July Board meeting is vital to our business year because it’s when priorities, plans and budgets are set. It’s a great opportunity for chapter leaders to participate directly in the discussions that impact decisions about the value GEAPS offers to members and how the organization runs,” Jundt explained. “It’s also when we’ll start the discussions about plans for the 2016 Leadership Conference so those who attend will be able to give input,” he added.