Dear NYAAPOR Members and Friends,
This year has brought our organization and its Executive Council many unique and unforeseen challenges. I’m proud to say that with the commitment of our leadership and support of our members and sponsors, we have been able to address these challenges and find ourselves well positioned as our new Executive Council steps into their roles this month.
First, I would like honor our past president and recipient of this year’s Harry W. O’Neill Outstanding Achievement Award, Janet Streicher. Unfortunately, social distancing guidelines do not permit us to thank Janet in person, but I encourage you to visit our tribute page () and post your congratulations.
Programming – We were able to keep our commitment to you to provide education or networking opportunities every month despite the ongoing pandemic. Our programs and workshops covered a wide variety of topics and we were able to immediately transition with the advent of Covid-19 in March by offering virtual programming. Congratulations to Mary Wang and Greg Holyk, chairs of the Program Committee, for surpassing expectations on attracting an outstanding roster of prominent speakers and exceeding program revenue targets for the year that have provided financial stability for the future.
Communications – Our ability to effectively keep our membership informed continues to evolve as we leverage new technologies. Patrick Armstrong successfully executed a complete redesign of our website and launched the members only area of our website where recording of past events and downloads of presentation are available. Chris Weiss has further evolved our mailing and event registration process to be state of the art and we continue increase our use of social platforms to raise awareness.
Membership – The past year has been challenging for many organizations including our own to maintain membership levels. I’m glad to report that through the perseverance of Megan Scott and Rhoda Brooks we have been able to maintain our membership levels and implement innovative new membership options such as the $199 option which includes admission to all NYAAPOR events and half-day workshops. We also heard the voice of our members when we conducted a survey of the membership that had not been done in over five years.
Sponsorship – While sponsorship funds became increasingly difficult to come by as the pandemic progressed, Amber Ott and Donato Vaccaro were able to meet their fund-raising targets for the year. We are grateful for all of our sponsors continued support, particularly those who supported us at the Gold and Silver levels: IBM, Bauman Research, Queens College, Global Strategy Group, Edison Research and SSRS.
Treasury – Patrick Hoey and Tracy Goodwin provided the steady hand which guided us to successfully meet our finance goals and leave us well positioned for 2020-21 and beyond. Patrick, in particular, is owed a special thanks for lending us his video editing skills to build up our library of events and without whom we could not have successfully turned the Student Poster competition into a virtual event.
Students – Continuing to act as our student liaison, Mindy Rhindress was able to secure the largest number of student poster submissions as well the highest attendance we have had to date and still successful bring the event off in the midst of a pandemic.
And of course, we all owe our secretariat Rosemarie Sharpe for her hard work and providing the continuity which keeps our organization alive from year-to-year.
I wish everyone safe and healthy times going forward and our new Council continued success!