Apra Indiana Committee Descriptions
Please contact chairs listed below for more specific information on committees and needs for volunteers in 2019.
The communications committee works to provide detailed and thorough communications to the entire Indiana chapter through quarterly newsletters, email updates and social media. The committee works with other researchers and data analysts to provide new and helpful articles to improve the skills and knowledge of our members, provide updates on upcoming events, recognize our members and share the work of the entire chapter. As a member of the committee you have input into the content and design of the newsletters, social media posts and work with other committees to help promote their activities through email updates.
The programming committee is responsible for planning and executing three events each year for Apra Indiana. Those events include the Spring Conference, Skills Workshop, and Annual Meeting. The planning for these events includes everything from choosing a date and reserving space to scheduling speakers and setting menus. The committee also works the day of the event, or secures volunteers to help, in order to make sure everything runs smoothly for all attendees. Each event has a coordinator who works with the committee members and other volunteers to ensure that each event is a success – providing education and networking for the attendees and representing Apra Indiana in a professional and organized manner.
The awards committee works to recognize members for their dedication to the prospect research industry. There are two specific awards the committee publicizes, review applications and awards on an annual basis. These are the Kathy K. Wilson Scholarship and Apra Indiana Service Award. The Kathy K. Wilson scholarship allows a member to attend an Apra Indiana event free of charge. There is information on the Apra Indiana website on how to apply for the scholarship. The Service Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the field and the Apra organization. Additional awards may be developed and awarded if agreed upon by the committee and the Board.
The membership committee is tasked with retaining current members by stewarding their relationship with Apra Indiana and with increasing overall membership numbers. This committee works with all other committees to relay questions, concerns, accolades, and suggestions from members. Our membership is our foundation. This foundation must be maintained which provides the opportunity for committee members to work with our colleagues in Advancement all year long.
The mentorship committee works to create beneficial working relationships between Apra Indiana members. The purpose of these relationships is the diffusion of research related skills and knowledge in order to help members to be more efficient and proficient researchers. Members of the committee try to pair mentees with mentors that will help them to achieve their research related goals.
The nominations committee works to identify and recruit new Board members for Apra Indiana. Participation in this committee provides the opportunity to establish and maintain relationships with other Apra Indiana members. Essential duties include working with other Board members to determine possible new members, reaching out directly to prospective members, and working to streamline and improve the Board member application process. Additionally, members of this committee may be asked to develop surveys and collect data on potential volunteer participation among Apra Indiana members.