Big News

Alert, alert!  In this letter President Judie lays out eminent changes.  The international board sought input from us, and boy did they listen.  They're still seeking constructive communication from all members through dedicated channels.  Read below for more.

From The President

FYI Bulletin 

This e-bulletin from HQ explains more about the eminent changes. A must-read.

Celebrating Twenty-Five Years!


We had a wonderful time and hope you did too!

We're having a party! This is so special. Las Colinas IAAP has been a vital part of our community serving administrative professionals for twenty-five years. We are proud to invite charter members, past presidents, international officers, friends, family and coworkers for our Silver Anniversary celebration.  Our speaker will have words of enthusiasm and encouragement for all ages. To commemorate our $20 dues level since "day one" we're offering a special $20 rate for this event. This includes the networking, dinner, speaker, and all the fun!


Office Professionals Summit

Congratulations to Taviatha James from Big D!  You've won the full registration to T-L and OPS.  Have a great time!!  

LCC President's Message

If you haven't joined us this year, it's not too late!  Last week's IAAP
University was one of the best we've had.  Four great speakers,
great vendors, and most of all over 70 of your peers having a GREAT
time together. 
If you missed IAAP University, here are two events you just can't miss.  The first event is our Silver Anniversary celebration!  This April, The Las Colinas Chapter of IAAP will be 25 years young, and we're celebrating in a BIG way.  Join us at our monthly chapter meeting on April 14 to take part in this celebrate with past and present members.  The monthly $26 fee has been reduced to $20 for members and non-members for this event.  And, as we're celebrating our chapter's existence, we will also honor OURSELVES in recognition of Administrative Professionals Week!  


The next event is our annual division meeting May 15-18.  Once a year, IAAP chapters from Texas and Louisiana come together for a power-packed weekend of education and fun!  It's almost like a mini EFAM, our annual national educational forum.  This year it's right here in Addison at the Crowne Plaza.  Make plans now to attend.  Get together with a friend and share the cost of a hotel stay over the weekend!  Check out the information below for great tips on how to persuade your boss to support you! Benefits of Attending  We're getting big on social media so don't get left behind... Like us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and our website!




Guess Who's Certified?


     Congratulations to Chris Millies CAP-OM!!! 
                    completed her certification in November!

Various chapters provide study sessions to assist you in reaching
this goal.  We can help you locate one.

November 3 certification exams:  Sign-up deadline is Aug 15
Cost: CAP exam $275; OM exam $175 (non-members extra)    

Please contact Deb Vardell, CAP-OM with any questions.  

Welcome to Las Colinas

Our mission is to enhance the success of career-minded administrative professionals by providing opportunities for growth through education, community building and leadership development. Sign up for our next event. We look forward to meeting you.


Members connect, blog, and share information through the IAAP web community. Get started on your own online network of contacts and resources. Download a user guide and network with other Administrative Professionals at the Community Website.

EFAM 2014


Nancy Watts

  Can it be?  Nancy says she's retired! 

Nancy Watts, CMP, CAP most recently was Program Assistant for National Catholic Committee on Scouting, Community Alliances, Membership Impact Department, with five years of service to the Boy Scouts of America.  Nancy served both her faith and the community through her work at the Boy Scouts.

We want to wish Nancy a long, healthy and prosperous retirement.

Join Our Chapter

Looking for a chapter to join?  Visit with us and see why our members love Las Colinas IAAP!  Register today for our next networking and education session.  We meet the second Monday of each month in the heart of Las Colinas.  Exit O'Connor from Highway 114.

   Dallas Marriott Las Colinas          I want to...
223 West Las Colinas Blvd           Register today
   Irving, TX 75039                         Join
*Professional Membership: 
  Org Dues $138 + Chapter Dues $20 + Division Dues $20 + one-time fee $15 = $193 first year dues

Next Meeting

May Networking and Professional Development:
Monday, May 12, 2014


Cassandra Washington       
Management consultant and trainer Cassandra Washington will be presenting a very exciting discussion on communication styles.


This program is submitted for one recertification point. 
Learn from the best.  Our speakers are certified in their fields and their information is up to the minute.

Come meet your administrative peers!
Networking begins at 5:15pm!  We'll be out by 8pm!

Click Here To Register  
Location: Las Colinas Marriott * 223 West Las Colinas Blvd * Irving, Texas

April Meeting Survey (open through Thu April 30):  coming soon  
An on-line evaluation is posted following each education session. Please take a moment to complete the evaluation. We value your feedback and make every effort to follow through on comments and suggestions. Thank you!

LCC Wins Retention Award

Las Colinas chapter received an unexpected award.  Headquarters reports we are a top three "retainer" for chapters our size!  We won the Retention Recognition Award and a $50 check!  Translated, we are doing something right.  Members, you are the key to everything!  Please let us know what you like, expect, can contribute, and where we should be heading next year.  Wouldn't it be great to get this award two years, maybe three years in a row? 

Special thanks to our wonderful membership chair Rita Backus CAP FMA for doing an awesome job year after year.

Member of Excellence

Have you begun your Member of Excellence checklist?

In order to qualify as a 2013-2014 Member of Excellence, the criteria (except 1 and 5) must be met in the 2013-2014 IAAP year. You must meet 8 of the 11 criteria. Only criteria 6 is mandatory.


A Member of Excellence will receive a PDF certificate and Member of Excellence logo.

A Member of Excellence will attain a minimum of 8 of the following 11 criteria:

Download the Member of Excellence Commitment form; sign and date the form.

Hold a current IAAP Certification

Actively participate in the IAAP web community forum discussions or write an article during the current fiscal year (minimum 200 words), and have it published in an IAAP publication (chapter, division, or international level.) Recommending another author’s article does not qualify.

Attend at least one professional educational workshop, seminar, webinar, or conference (at least 60 minutes in length) and provide a short paragraph on how the training relates to your job or your role in IAAP. It can be an IAAP or non-IAAP workshop, seminar, or conference; however, it cannot be included in your calculations to meet the requirement of criterion #9.

Hold a degree from an accredited college or university, or complete a certificate program (a minimum of one year in length) from an accredited college or university, or hold a Microsoft certification earned within the last five years.

Pay membership dues on or before anniversary date. This criterion is a mandatory requirement. This mandatory requirement will be waived in the case of new members joining IAAP in the current IAAP fiscal year who want to work towards becoming a Member of Excellence.

Serve as a chapter, division, or international officer, committee chair, or committee member. Serve on an international subcommittee or task force. Serve on a college/university advisory board for the office administrative program. (Any one of the above)

Conduct a public career/workplace/ profession related presentation, program or training at least 60 minutes in length. (Note that the presentation does not need to qualify for recertification points).

Attend a minimum of eight (8) IAAP chapter, division or international sponsored meetings, programs or events (any combination; limit of two Headquarters training webinars can be included here, per fiscal year). These meetings, programs, or events cannot include an event used to meet the requirement of criterion #4.

Recruit at least one new member.

Integrate IAAP membership and involvement into annual performance plan or review.

The deadline to submit your MoE  application is June 15, 2014. Applications must be submitted online via the online submission form found by clicking the button below.

New Badges Are Available!

  Our printer has everything set and we can now order name badges with the new association logo.  It's all under the Las Colinas tab above; just click on Badge Request!
Ordering requires on-line payment of $12.50.  There's no form to fill out.  Just press "Buy Now" and remember to add your name+letters when you get to the PayPal page so we'll know exactly how you want your badge.

Loving that new logo!!

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