2016 President's Luncheon A Success

   Not only did the 2016 President’s Luncheon wrap up a successful year of programming, membership, and philanthropy for Central Ohio IFMA Chapter members, it brought with it the first real day of winter.

     While things inside the Wendy’s Headquarters were toasty and warm on Thursday, Dec. 8, Old Man Winter was celebrating with wind, cold, and a few stray flurries.

     It was a suitable celebration.

     As Chapter members blew in out of the cold, they came bearing unwrapped toys as part of the Salvation Army's Cheer program. The Chapter’s Community Service Committee collected over 100 toys, including Barbie dolls, games, Legos, trucks, puzzles, and even a small, pink vacuum. For each new, unwrapped toy that was donated, the donor received a raffle ticket for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. Lisa Schultz was this year’s lucky winner.

     Chapter President Matt Butterworth welcomed the crowd as they finished their buffet lunch and moved on to dessert. Calling it an “exceptional” year, Butterworth applauded 2016 as a very fruitful start to his tenure as president.

     Nearly 100 Central Ohio IFMA Chapter members and their guests were in attendance for the annual event full of food, laughter, networking, giveaways – and always, a little fun. This year, Charlie Snyder, IFMA’s new events coordinator, added a twist to the traditional raffle – a white elephant gift exchange. Each table was assigned a number and able to either choose a gift bag from a display of prizes, or steal one that had already been opened. Three bags containing an assortment of wines proved popular among Chapter members, while gift sets of children’s shower “buddies” were slow to move. After some good-natured ribbing, stealing, and strategizing, everyone left with a white elephant prize to share with loved ones at home.

     Amid the white elephant gift exchange and traditional raffle, members of each committee presented to the Chapter members, reporting on highlights from the year. Lara Moon and Matt Jacobs of the Associate Relations Committee announced that there will now be two levels of sponsorship – Premiere and Platinum. The different levels will offer a variation in services to sponsors and hopefully streamline some of the previous paperwork. Next, Beth Hazel and Jamie Ottery gave an update from the Community Service Committee whose year included partnerships with the Salvation Army, The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio, and the Buddy Walk to name a few. The committee plans to work with The Homeless Family Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and the Franklinton Gardens next year.

     Charlie Snyder, who is replacing Jacque Logan as Event Chair this year, was the next to present, announcing that June 16, 2017, is the date set for the group’s Annual Golf Outing. Ice skating, a Blue Jackets game, and some Clipper’s baseball are also in the works for the upcoming year.

     Lisa Schultz and Steve Bauman were next to take the podium, announcing that the Central Ohio IFMA Chapter had grown by 61 new members this year, bringing Chapter membership to a total of 203 members. That membership includes 17 CFMs, 10 FMPs, and 3 SFPs.

     Programs/Education Committee Chair Maureen Finken reviewed scholarship opportunities within the Central Ohio IFMA Chapter, highlighting the Ohio Rewards Program which rewards members for attending events throughout the year. A $500 grant is awarded to the individual member who accumulates the most points throughout the year while attending events. The grant can be used toward any educational opportunity. Kevin George was this year’s leader and winner.

     Chris Allen then took a few moments to discuss the Sustainability Committee, highlighting the newly developed web site. A scavenger hunt was hosted by the committee in order to familiarize members with the new site. The winner of the game was Jamie Ottery who found all items possible. She was the winner of a $50 gift card.

     As the afternoon began to wind down, Butterworth thanked Steve Poor, Facilities and Telecommunications Manager for Wendy’s International, for the use of the space for the annual luncheon. A $500 donation was made to the Wendy’s Foundation as a thank you from Central Ohio IFMA Chapter members.

     Everyone left this year’s event bearing numerous gifts, whether it was wine, family card games, a poinsettia, a flash drive, blanket, “green” shopping bag, or one of NUMEROUS gift cards donated by members.

     That – and a smile on their faces left no doubt – it was another successful luncheon, and another successful year.