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June 2015 Newsletter

Presidents Message
“When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say ‘wow, that was an adventure,’ not ‘wow, I sure felt safe.’"
Tom Preston-Werner, Github Co-founder

As I sit here thinking about what to write in my final newsletter as your Chapter President, I can’t help but reflect on the past year.  It feels like it has gone by so quickly, yet so much happened in and out of IFMA.  Just in my own life, we bought a house, had a baby, got promoted, my husband started a new job, and I still managed to have time to be a part of IFMA so if anyone is worried that getting involved will take up too much time, you can see from my year, it’s manageable, I promise! 

I should say that it’s not only manageable but rewarding.  You certainly get more out of IFMA the more you put in, and I’m very thankful for the time I have dedicated to it as it has certainly supported me time and time again.  The past several years serving on the Board and committees have provided me with so many attributes that will be with me throughout my career.

  • BALANCE – As in Time Management and setting priorities – when you have so much going on, you need to figure out how to accomplish everything and determine what needs to take precedence and what can wait.
  • CONFIDENCE – I was terrified of public speaking prior to being Networking Chair and President and having to address the Chapter at events.  I am much more comfortable now, thank goodness!
  • SELF WORTH – There was a time in my career where I just could not get to the next level, and I was able to move up in IFMA, allowing for me to feel like I was in the right field even though I couldn’t get the promotion I wanted.  It eventually came, but I may not have been able to hang on as long as I did without having IFMA to support me.  Earning Professional Member of the Year was truly a highlight in my career as well. 
  • FRIENDSHIP – When I moved 8 years ago, I didn’t know really anyone in this area. I wasn’t married and moved alone.  Shortly after I began my new role at Fidelity, I joined IFMA thanks to one of my only friends at work and made more close friends than I could have imagined. 

I have truly enjoyed serving the Chapter the past 8 years and look forward to supporting it as Past President and then on the Past President’s Council after my Board time is over.  I am eternally grateful to the people who have laughed and cried with me over the years.  You are some of the best friends I will ever have and I’d be lost without you.  Lastly, I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank my husband who has supported my involvement and only once in a while got cranky when IFMA took priority over everything else. Thank you Drew - your patience is treasured, and I love you very much!

Thank you again for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your President this year, and please do not hesitate to contact me if I can assist in making your IFMA membership better in any way!

Laura Shaw President 2014-2015




10 - Luncheon

10 - World FM Day Social

18 - Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
       Teaching Farm


8 - Citrix Tour & Social


12 - Luncheon

22 - Family Picnic & Cornhole

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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle 
Teaching Farm Volunteer Opportunity
Who Likes to Garden?  ONLY 6 VOLUNTEER SLOTS REMAIN!!!
Roll up your sleeves to volunteer at Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's Teaching Farm on Thursday, June 18th from 1pm-3pm. We'll be helping with one or more of the following tasks: soil preparation, planting, harvesting, weeding, composting etc.  They also have options to work with chickens, goats, bees and worms. The Inter-Faith Farm is located at 4505 Tryon Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606.  
Tools will be provided but bring your own gardening gloves.



World FM Day Social
World FM Day on Wednesday, June 10th will be held at Natty Greene's Pub, 505 W. Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27603.  Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of our peers.  

Thank you to CRC and Total Quality Building Services for sponsoring this social! Food and 2 drink tickets will be provided.  Please be sure to RSVP so we can plan for food/drink accordingly.


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 2nd Annual IFMA Picnic

Save the Date for the 2nd Annual IFMA Annual Family Picnic & Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, August 22 from 11am-3pm. Bring your family to Lake Wheeler for a food and fun-filled picnic overlooking the lake - all compliments of IFMA. 

During the 1pm-3pm portion, we'll have a cornhole tournament complete with complimentary beer. Start lining up your tourney partner (family member or colleague) and come up a fun team name!  

In the meantime,start stocking up on boxes of wholesome breakfast cereal which will go to the Food Bank to feed children in need.  Consider starting a cereal drive at your office!


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2015-2016 Sponsorships

The Greater Triangle Chapter of IFMA Annual Sponsorship opportunities are open! This program allows our Chapter to provide professional development opportunities, exciting and innovative programs and networking events for our members. These sponsorships fund the majority of programming and operations for the Chapter. We are extremely thankful for the support of all sponsors and strive to create a sponsorship program that benefits the sponsor.  We welcome both associate and professional sponsorships. Sponsorship opportunities will close on June 26th!


IFMA Rescheduled Citrix Tour 

We welcome our IFMA membership to participate in a tour of the new Citrix office on July 8th located at 120 S West Street in the warehouse district of downtown Raleigh.  The Citrix office is a redevelopment of Dillon Supply Warehouse.  This facility is one of four “Tier 1” sites (more than 500 people) for Citrix in the US.  We will gather at 5:00PM and the tour will start at 5:30PM. 

A Social will be held at the Citrix Roof Garden immediately following the tour. 


Board Retreat
The IFMA Board and Committee Chairs gathered at Milliken in Spartanburg, SC from May 5-7 to plan for the upcoming fiscal year. Planning was a success as the event calendar for 2015-2016 is almost complete.  The retreat was extremely beneficial in getting our committees on track and preparing for the future of our Chapter.


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Leasing provides which of the following advantages (pick 2):
A. Allows for minimum capital investment 

B. Allows a business to enter the market quickly
C. Provides a hedge against inflation 
D. Conveys company pride and growth

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Answers to CFM Question:  A, B

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