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Area professional networking group celebrates 50th anniversary

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 25, 2005) -- The Athens Chapter of International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) celebrated its 50th anniversary Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Ohio University Inn and Conference Center. The theme of this gala event was Past-Present-Future for the Athens Chapter IAAP Golden Celebration.

Local officials from university, state and local government agencies, retired IAAP members and other guests were invited to attend. Letters of congratulations were received from Ohio Gov. Bob Taft, U.S. Sens. Mike DeWine and George Voinovich and from state Rep. Jimmy Stewart.

Founded in 1942 as the National Secretaries Association and headquartered in Kansas City, the International Association of Administrative Professionals is the world’s leading association for administrative professionals with 40,000 members and affiliates and 700 chapters worldwide. The Athens chapter was organized with 11 charter members, one of whom remains active in the chapter today. Current membership stands at approximately 35 and includes professionals from throughout the Athens community. The Athens Chapter is part of the Ohio Division of IAAP, which consists of 34 chapters and almost 2,000 members.

Today's administrative professionals need to possess a mastery of office skills, demonstrate the ability to assume responsibility without direct supervision, exercise initiative and judgment and make decisions within and beyond the scope of assigned authority. The Athens Chapter IAAP provides its members with professional business meeting experiences, educational programs and events, professional growth opportunities, networking, relationship building, leadership skill development and mentoring.

The Athens Chapter IAAP is very active in a variety of different programs and activities. Some of these include:

• Awarding annual scholarships to area high school or business school students planning to enter the administrative office profession. Scholarships are funded by special projects undertaken by the Athens Chapter IAAP and from the Joyce D. Malone Memorial Scholarship Fund.

• Participating in community fundraising by volunteering for such events as the WOUB Telethon and American Heart Association Heart Walk. The Chapter has also contributed to organizations such as Hospice, Good Works, Athens County Children’s Services, Athens County Lions Club, and Women Raise the Roof Coalition of Habitat for Humanity.

• Planning activities to give recognition to all area administrative professionals during Administrative Professionals Week in April.

• Honoring and thanking the members’ executives for recognizing administration professionals’ abilities, skills and teamwork during Executive Recognition, held annually.

• Organizing and study groups for those individuals who wish to pursue professional certifications, such as the Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) and Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) designations.

• Recognizing a member of the Athens Chapter as Chapter Member of the Year. The membership chooses the recipient of this honor by evaluating nominated individuals on such criteria as regular attendance at chapter meetings, interest shown in IAAP by attending division meetings, conventions and seminars, promoting the IAAP image, participation in Chapter ways and means projects, active leadership, and committee involvement at both the chapter and state levels.

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Media Contact: Cindy White, CPS/CAP, President, 593-1977 or white@ohio.edu

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