This is the regular President's Report to the IMEA membership, dated January 15th, 2010 and presented at the IMEA Business Meeting at the Scheman Center at Iowa State University.President’s Report
January 15th, 2010
I want to start by expressing my sincere “kudos” to Martha Kroese for her excellent work on the conference. There is much to do in establishing a successful conference from contacting the presenters and gathering all the information concerning bios and photos to building the master schedule. Individual space needs and the rooms available must be taken into consideration along with the special needs of each presenter regarding audio-visual equipment.
After the schedule goes to the printer the final planning begins with our extraordinary on-site Equipment Chair Charles Grim who takes care of everything (and I mean everything from Kodaly instruments to digital technology) making sure that things run smoothly and without interruption.
Thanks to all of our helpers at the registration desk and to all the officers and drivers for their willingness to transport clinicians to and from the airport and hotels. In short, a successful Iowa Music Educators Conference is made up of many, many people and thousands of details. The Conference and the Iowa All-State Music Festival are the largest and most important events that we sponsor as an organization and I am so very proud of everyone involved in the successful implementation of each.
The upcoming year suggests that IMEA along with our sister and brother organizations throughout the state will be busy trying to help individual districts and programs as the effects of the 10% budget reductions by the Governor are felt. As an organization we are prepared to help with advocacy materials (go to http://www.iamea.org/index.
Keep up the GREAT work in educating the young people o Iowa. We need your enthusiasm and expertise as never before.
Stay in touch…I care.
President - IMEA