Chapter Report – Fall 2015


Fall 2015 – Board of Directors Meeting

  1.  North Central Chapter–11
  2. Current Membership Count: 118
  3. Tax Identification Information (EIN): Federal EIN 27 2578246
  4. Incorporation Status and State of Domicile Not applicable
  5. IRS Tax-Exempt Status (501c3 or c6, other, or n/a)



6. Chapter Leadership/Officers (Executive Committee)

  • Ruth Taswell, Immediate Past President, 1 Year
  • Nissa Mollema, President, 1 Year
  • Karen Bannick, President-elect, 1 Year
  • Joy Frestedt, Treasurer, 3rd year of 3 Years
  • Venugopal Thayanithy, Co-Treasurer, 1st year of 3 Years
  • Naomi Ruff, Secretary, 2nd year of 3 Years


7. Delegate(s) Assigned for BOD meeting

Karen Bannick, President-elect


8. List of Chapter committees (Name of Committee, Chair, members, and goals)

Chapter Committees:

Finance Committee: Ellen O’Malley, chair; Theresa King-Hunter

Perform the yearly audit of financial records. Work with the Treasurer and chapter officers.

Membership Committee: Jenny Michlitsch, chair; Mary Van Beusekom (LinkedIn manager)

Identify ways to recruit new members, understand the needs of current members, and reach out to lapsed members.

Program Committee: Theresa King-Hunter, Chair; Karen Bannick, Joy Frestedt, Nissa Mollema, and Ruth Taswell

Offer several events each year. At least 1 should cover a writing or science topic, and at least 1 event should be held outside of the Twin Cities, preferably in Rochester, the region with the second-largest concentration of members.

Publications Committee: Kendra Hyland, chair; Kelly Haagenson, editorial assistant; Rachel Brophy, Jean Cook, Paul Mamula, Deb Sugerman, Naomi Ruff, and Sharon Rosen.

Develop content for the monthly newsletter, including announcements of chapter events and other items of interest to members as well as ongoing features such as “What We Do,” which offers our membership a glimpse into chapter members’ various vocations; notes from the chapter book club; and profiles of chapter members.

Wisconsin Regional Chair: Vacant

North Dakota Regional Chair: Nancy Gustafson (no activity to report)

South Dakota Regional Chair: Vacant


9. Brief Financial

Chapter is well within budget for the year and finances are progressing as projected.


10. 2015 Chapter Conference dates and Conference Chair (if applicable)

No Chapter Conference is planned at this time. Program events (Spring and Fall) are to be determined.


11. Summary of Progress since last report (may include information on the following)

The Executive Committee developed a Membership Award and had two applicants for professional memberships. A student membership was also offered, but there were no applicants The committee reviewed and scored the applications—one applicant was awarded a professional membership.

Theresa King-Hunter now chairs the Program Committee. In May, the AMWA North Central Chapter held its first Webinar event in collaboration with the Southwest Chapter as a kick-off for the developing Chapter Webinar Consortium. Karen Bannick, President-elect, presented on Regulatory Intelligence. The event was well received. Although there were 40+ RSVPs for the event, the actual attendance was around 22. The event was advertised to all chapter presidents. The North Central Chapter looks forward to advertising other Chapters’ webinars as part of the consortium and giving members additional educational opportunities.

The Membership committee made a list of contacts at colleges and universities in our area. This list is a tool for advertising programs, events, and the new Membership Award. The Membership committee has also taken over the planning and organization of local Networking Happy Hours in the Twin Cities area. The Chapter hosted two happy hours this spring and summer—in May and August. Our plan is to hold 4 networking events per year and to vary the location within the Twin Cities metro area to allow members to attend an event that is more convenient. Attendance at these events has continued to be strong, and varying the location has brought a variety of different members to attend.

The Publications Committee has a new chair, Kendra Hyland. Kendra plans to continue the series of member profiles and event summaries in the monthly AMWA North Central Newsletter. Kendra has expanded the newsletter content and has added opportunities for the President to contribute regular blog-style posts. The success of the newsletter resulted in the serendipitous recruitment of two new members to the publication committee.

The chapter Secretary, Naomi Ruff, works to keep the website up to date and to add useful content. Events sponsored by our chapter, other chapters, and AMWA National (such as webinars) are listed on the calendar and highlighted in the sidebar of every page. Newsletters are posted on the website, but the text is now also included in the email sent to members, to make it easier to access the information and increase views. The Secretary also sends email blasts to advertise chapter activities. Members who have opted in receive occasional job ads.

The Chapter Book Club met in April to discuss A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar. The Book club will meet on Monday, September 28, 2015, to discuss Health Care Research Done Right: A Journal Editor Shares Practical Tips and Techniques for High Quality and Efficiency by Kathleen A. Fairman


 12. List of Action Items or Discussion Items

The chapter is looking for ideas on how to recruit new members and serve long-time members. The chapter is also looking for ways to engage members outside the core population areas (the Twin Cities and Rochester, MN). We are still open to ideas on how to improve the usefulness of our website for current and prospective members.


AMWA North Central Chapter

Budget for July 2015 – June 2016

Balance as of June 30, 2015                                                                       $17,427.81


Projected receipts (based on 2014-2015 receipts)

Chapter rebate from National ($18 x 122 chapter members)                        2,070.00

      Total projected receipts                                                                             2,070.00


Projected expenditures

Chapter meetings (Refreshments)                                                                    500.00

Chapter meetings (Honoraria, facilities)                                                           500.00

Scholarship awards                                                                                           500.00

Marketing (incl. competitive awards & advertising)                                         125.00

Membership promotion (new member conference incentive)                           500.00

Delegate travel expenses (spring meeting, 1 delegate each)                              500.00

Delegate travel expenses (fall meeting, 1 delegate each)                                1,000.00

Website hosting fee* (3 years pre-paid)                                                               0.00

Volunteer appreciation gifts                                                                             100.00

Teleconference charges (ILD Telecom: RollCall                                              175.00

E-mail marketing service                                                                                 102.00

Mailing costs (postage & envelopes)                                                                  50.00

Total projected expenditures                                                                     2652.00


Projected balance for June 30, 2016                                                          $16,845.81                  


*Website hosting fee paid $286.20 on 10-15-13 to cover 3 years, through October 2016.

Prepared by Venu Thayanithy and Joy Frestedt on July 21, 2015