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New Member Drive Full of Strikes, Spares, and Success

     Splits, strikes, spares, and the occasional sour apple were the name of the game Thursday, Nov. 8, when Central Ohio IFMA Chapter members got together with their personal guests for the group’s Annual New Member Drive, this year held at Ten Pin Alley in Hilliard.

     The Central Ohio Chapter took over the 16-lane venue amid the latest in touch screen scoring, HDTVs, comfortable seating and lane-side service.  And what would a membership drive be without lots of give-aways?  Gift cards, a free IFMA membership and the ultimate grand prize – two free tickets to the OSU-Michigan game, Saturday, Nov. 24 -- were all on the line. 

     Some 60 participants spent the evening bowling, networking and enjoying the taco bar and learning more about the numerous benefits to IFMA membership. 

      Founded in 1980, IFMA is the world's largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in more than 100 countries. The Central Ohio Chapter was first launched in 1989 and has become a widely recognized international association for facility management professionals in Columbus, supporting over 110 professional members and over 90 associate members.

     IFMA membership provides a myriad of offerings for learning, growth, community and professional success.

     Members and their guests took no time jumping into the fray during the event. Under the retro neon lights that bathed guests in reds and blues, some 60 IFMA Central Ohio Chapter members and their guests took part in a bowling challenge like never before.  The event brought veteran and potential new members together in a relaxed atmosphere where they could socialize, compete, and learn what the Central Ohio IFMA Chapter is all about.

    Bowlers could win prizes in several ways.  Upon arrival, members and guests each received a ticket.  The tickets could be put into a raffle that included a number of different sponsors.  Each sponsor had the opportunity then to make a drawing, handing out a $25 gift card to each lucky winner.

     Those trying their hand at the pins each took part in a second challenge.  Each participant bowled three frames, earning points for the number of pins knocked down.  The highest number of points earned a free gift card. 

     Everyone attending also received a ticket to be eligible for the OSU/Michigan raffle.  Guests themselves received a special ticket, making them eligible for a free year’s membership to the Central Ohio IFMA Chapter. 

     It was a night of tacos, tequila, taps and turkeys. 

     The night’s BIG winner was Jeff Pogue of Lehman Daman Construction Services, earning two tickets to the OSU/Michigan game. 

     Forest Noel of Noel Maintenance Services was the winner of a free membership to the Central Ohio IFMA Chapter. 

     A number of lucky bowlers also took home $25 gift cards including Nick Sattler of Rose Pest Control (Roosters); Jeff Pogue of Lehman Daman Construction Services (Amazon); Diane VanDyne of Nationwide Children's Hospital (Panera); Mohamed Elsayed of EA Energy Solutions (Chipotle); Mrrio Cannon of Lithko Restoration Technologies (Panera); and Lisa Davis of Acorn Distributors (Starbucks).

   And last but least was Jeff Havens of Limbach, earning the highest score in the Bowling Competition, netting him a gift card and bragging rights for the next year.

     Lane sponsors (and their score keepers) included the Davey Tree Expert Company (Jess Griffith); Scioto Services (Beth Hazel); OCM (Scott Tucker); Loeb Electric (Emily Kershaw); Facilities Maintenance eXpress (Allison McGillivray); and Planes Commercial Service (Jon Cass). 

     The Nov. 8th New Member Drive was just one of a number of regular programs planned by IFMA Central Ohio, including facility tours with happy hours, roundtables, community service activities and annual sporting events. The facility tours and educational programs are geared toward providing facility managers with a better understanding of the current trends and technology that they can incorporate into their facilities, while community service activities and sporting events are more social and a great way to network with fellow members. 

     Most events sponsored by the organization are free and open to both members and guests, while a few require a small registration fee.  Invitations are not needed to attend. For more information about the group, visit IFMA Central Ohio’s home page and select on ‘Join Now’ in the blue box in the center of the screen.