To the members, friends and supporters of the APICS Lincoln Land Chapter,
Let me take a moment to wish you all a very Happy New Year!
I also want to take this opportunity to thank the board and the membership for your continued support to your local chapter.
It is no surprise that 2016 was going to be a challenging year for the chapter given the many changes in the areas that we serve. A few of the considerable challenges we experienced were a 30% decline in chapter volunteers, a 70% decline in class registration for CPIM, and a 40% decline in CSCP classes.
Despite these challenges, thanks to you, we were still able to accomplish a lot of work this year. There are 3 major milestones that I believe is worth sharing:
1) Our pilot program to teach CPIM at the Pekin Federal Prison was successfully completed. We are now moving to the next phase of the program and will open it to qualified candidates at the prison.
2) The successful launch of our CLTD class to support the new APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) credential. We had 11 students successfully pass the exam for a 91% pass rate, thus giving our chapter one of the largest population of members with the new CLTD credential.
3) We supported 5 students to attend the APICS conference in Washington D.C. where they had the opportunity to learn from practitioners, and meet with fellow students from all over the world to start building their professional network.
We will refer to our 2017 strategy as "Foundation for the Season." This strategy is about using the APICS Supply Chain and Operations Management body of knowledge, as a foundation for the different seasons people find themselves in. We as a chapter want to be there to support in building a foundation for the K-12 students, a foundation for college students, and a foundation for professionals and practitioners. This strategy also includes providing a foundation to rebuild, and to help people in the prison system integrate back in the community with an APICS education.
This strategy will need the power of volunteers and below are some of the ways that you can help.
- Consider earning a new credential for 2017 (CPIM, CSCP or CLTD) by registering for classes you help us continue the mission.
- Volunteer as a committee member, you can choose to support any of the 4 foundations that I mentioned above.
- Attend chapter events, it takes a lot to organize these events and it is very encouraging for the organizers when more people come.
- To receive timely updates please follow us at Twitter @apicslincolnland
Thanks again and I am very grateful for all your support I look forward to continue serving you as your chapter president for 2017.
Jake Ordonez CSCP, CLTD, SCPro1, CTL, PLS, MPS, CQA
President - APICS Lincoln Land Chapter