IHRIM's Community in a Box
As noted in recent surveys, one of the key areas in which IHRIM can add value is through professional networking. As a national organization, currently with limited localized presence, these opportunities for in person professional engagement manifest as higher profile events that occur only once or twice per year. IHRIM could increase its value to a larger segment of its current membership and prospective members by providing tools to enable and support local groups to develop a local presence to permit members and prospects to network with others in their locality on a regular basis.
A community is defined as a self-governed group of IHRIM members serving a local population supported by IHRIM in its operating standards and which supports the overarching mission of IHRIM through its operations. Additionally, a community must meet the following criteria:
- Has at least five (5) IHRIM members
- Has an elected group of officers who direct community activities
- Serves a specific limited geographical area
This proposal for the Community-in-a-Box model is designed to execute on the following key objectives:
- Create a framework to support IHRIM member community development: This would involve creating a framework to foster and support member community growth including a limited set of requirements and operating procedures outlining geographic requirements, governance, and national support.
- Support the delivery of local engagement and networking: Provide mechanisms to support the development and delivery of local events that meet the needs of local members for networking, education, and outreach.
- Membership: Increase membership through localized engagement activities and outreach.