February 2019
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Winter Conference/Annual Meeting:
"Enhancing Efficiency for Your Chamber"

February 20 21, 2019

Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, 401 Locust, Des Moines, Iowa. 
Hosted by Des Moines Downtown Chamber

One Day: $150
Both Days: $225

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Contact Des Moines Savery Hotel  NOW for Hotel reservations. book online.
Cost: $139 per night
February 20 th W e will meet at the hotel and depart on a trolley for the capitol no later than 11:30 AM. Parking is highly limited so it is recommended that you ride on the trolley. After we arrive at the capitol and go through security we will have lunch. Lunch will be followed by meeting with the legislative leadership and your individual legislators. 

Here are some helpful hints in contacting your legislator to let them know you will be there and would like to meet and visit with them.

1)       Reminder they are your elected official, you elected them and they are always willing to meet and discuss any issues you may have. Their time is important so be prepared if you have any specific item(s) you wish to discuss. It could also be to just say hi and thank them for all their hard work. We will have a brief overview on issues during lunch at the Capitol.

2)       Capitol Arrival - you will go through security and be directed to the 3 rd floor of the Capitol, room 304. Please remember to have identification with you in case it is asked for.

3)      Meeting with your Legislator - you will go to the House or Senate Chamber and you will be asked to fill out a form to request who to meet with and sign your name. The door person will take the note to your Legislator and he or she will come to meet you. It is always nice to let them know you’re coming in advance. 

4)       How to contact your legislator – Senators you can call 515-281-3371; Representatives 515-281-3221. If you wish to write them by email you can go to www.legis.iowa.gov and there will be a list of Senators and Representatives with their email addresses.

5)       Also at this website you can get an update of activities for the day, bill tracking, committees and almost any information you wish to learn in regard to legislation .

These are just a few tips for you, as we go through the day you will learn and see how our Iowa Legislature works.  

The evening of the 20th, we will hold our annual meeting where we will recognize scholarship winners and present the following awards: Event of the Year, Publication of the Year, and Chamber of the Year.

February 21 st Sessions:
  • Turning “To Do” to “Done”, Improving Your Personal Productivity – Presented by ATW Training Solutions. 
  • Media Relations Session: “Latest Tools and Strategies” – Greater Des Moines Partnership Marketing & Communications Team
  • Guest Speaker Dr. Bill Withers

Webinar Series:
Part 2 of 4:
Nine Lives of a Single Topic

This session offers a comprehensive "how-to" to help chambers get started and maintain their efforts to reach members and potential members through content marketing.

Date: April 25, 10am 11am
Regional Meetings

Please go to ICCE web site for upcoming regional meetings. If you have not scheduled one, please contact Shar with a date and notify your regional members.
2019 MACE Operations Survey

As a member to ICCE you are a member of MACE along with other participating Chambers in the States of Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota & Wisconsin. 

You each should have received the MACE Operations Survey within the last couple of weeks. This survey is a tool that helps you compare your chamber on many different levels with your peers on a state and regional level. 
All data collected will be kept confidential and will only be reported in a cumulative fashion. 

Deadline for completing the survey is February 28 th .
Questions contact Alex Rudie at 651-293-1023
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Member News
Congratulations to Tim Coffey, President/CEO, Clear Lake Chamber on His Upcoming Retirement – June, 2019

ICCE wishes to congratulate Tim Coffey on his recent announcement of his upcoming retirement in June. Tim served as ICCE chair in 2016. ICCE wishes to thank Tim for his leadership with ICCE and congratulate him on all he has done for the Clear Lake Chamber and Community. ICCE sends our best wishes for him and his family as he moves into retirement.

Scholarship Application

Thank you for those of you who submitted your application for an ICCE Scholarship. Reminder you must be in attendance to the February 20 th conference to receive your scholarship. They will be announced at the annual meeting

Membership Investment - Invoice Coming Soon

If you have any questions, contact any ICCE board member.  
Save the Dates

February 20 & 21, 2019
Hosted by Des Moines Downtown Chamber

MACE Annual Conference , May 1 3, 2019

Fall Conference, October 9 11, 2019
Hosted by Spencer Chamber of Commerce
ICCE 2018-2019 Board of Directors
Mike Hofman, Chair - Orange City Chamber
Travis Toliver, Vice Chair - Waverly Chamber
Deb Bengston, Secretary/Treasurer - Adel Partners Chamber
Lynn Olberding, Past Chair - Marshalltown Area Chamber
Shar Pardubsky - Executive Director
Jill Ackerman, Marion Chamber
Blain Andera, Spirit Lake Chamber
Maureen Miller, Clinton Area Chamber
Kurt Phillips, Boone County Chamber
Michelle Redlinger, Washington Chamber
Julie Cooper Todtz, Ankeny Area Chamber
Mark Wicks, Charles City Chamber
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