January 2017 Newsletter Print

President's Report

I know we’re all into the New Year but I wanted to reflect for just a moment on 2016 and the people who made it great!

As many of you may know, one of my biggest priorities as a leader is that I want to Empower People! I feel if you empower your people they can soar and WOW… can they do amazing things! You just need to let them go. One example in my life is a job I got from a cold call I made to a privately-owned medical provider. This company provided critical care to people who were in great need. Now, there was no job opening at this place of business, but I still charged into the business office where I just happened to meet the CEO. I told him that if he hired me, I could help him make his business great. Little did I know at the time, but 15 minutes later I was newly hired on just a handshake. Then a funny thing happened - some eight years later the new HR director came to me and said, “JR you need to fill out a job application.  Here is the employment application form - please fill it out so I can have it on record.” I said “Of course, fine, but remember… I was hired on a hand shake and I would leave if that handshake was to go away.”

On a seemingly unrelated note, I hope you had the chance to go to this year’s Holiday party, as it was a wonderful event. The event was planned by your executive team as a whole but I want to recognize one person in particular, as she really made the event a smash! So you may wonder who I am talking about that made this year’s holiday party so good…. Well, it’s none other than your immediate Past President, Leah Samson.

As part of the planning process the executive team asked Leah to:

1)      Think outside the box and take this year’s event to a new high.

2)      Look for a venue that was exciting for members.

3)      Provide great food and beverage options.

4)      Hire a band to rock the house for hours

5)      And most of all I, as your President, I wanted an event to draw out our members to an event that perhaps they would not normally have attended.

As the Team put forth our requirements to Leah, we knew she would not disappoint us. She took the ball and went running with it!  The event was a hit and all five requirements were met! As I greeted as many people at the door as I could, I found myself talking to many of the members that said that they had never attended an event or had not in many years! This made me very happy to say the least. Our chapter was able to reach out to a few members who perhaps any other year would have just stayed home.

So as I look back on the 2016 holiday party, I am glad that for so many members it was a great success. And as for empowering your people… well, I think Leah’s efforts this year have said it all.  Great job Leah Samson, you made a real impact on 2016.

JR Roethke, President 

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Lunch Bunch

The February speaker will be David Bavisotto and will speak on "Qualifying Contractors"

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The IFMA Madison Chapter has been Chartered since 1985. As the Association has evolved in its structure and grown to meet the expanding needs of the professional facility manager, the structure of Chapters have evolved with more formalized structure. This month, the Madison Chapter will ratify and adopt new Chapter by-laws. By-laws are the foundation of the Chapter Operations. They describe how our chapter does what it does, by whom and when. As our Treasurer prepares our annual recertification, the newly adopted Chapter by-laws will be included with that submittal to IFMA International. 

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Monthly Tour Recap

As past president it is my job to plan the annual holiday party. As we were cleaning up the 2015 holiday party discussions started on trying something new. This led us to asking The Edgewater to host us for the event. They provided a lovely venue with views of Lake Mendota and the Capital as well as delicious food that was all consumed except the fruit. Apparently, no one wants to eat fruit during the holiday season, no wonder the waist bands seem to grow!


Our past president Kyle Roux and band played great music. They got many of us dancing! Always a good time has been had when the facility mangers get out dancing. There were ugly sweaters and some really cute ones. But Team Gene Post and Melissa  Schumacher won the contest. This is Gene’s second time winning with his infamous ugly sweater.


Thank you to all who attended to share laughs, holiday spirit, and good times. I hope to see you next year. 

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Our theme is “Bridging the Multigenerational Gap”.  We will be focused on helping our members, sponsors, and guests understand the challenges of the new millennial and to give them the tools they need to identify opportunities to help them build value for their organizations to begin taking advantage of.  

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