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President's Message - March / April 2014

The Value of Volunteering—for YOU and the IBA!

We just held our 3rd Annual ONE Conference, which is quickly becoming one of our “can’t miss” events of the year! During the Conference, we paid tribute to our more than 200 committee and board volunteers at our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, and we awarded Kathy Williamson, PHR of South Side Bank and Trust in Peoria, the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award! Our finalists for the Volunteer of the Year included Bob Cormier, Jr., EVP of Home State Bank in Crystal Lake and Joanne Wenzel, Compliance Officer for Standard Bank and Trust Company. Watch for highlights from The ONE in the next Illinois Banker.

We are grateful to all of our volunteers! They help our members and our industry stay on top of increasing compliance challenges, help create access to important and timely training, develop critical policy positions that help sustain our industry, stay on top of emerging issues, trends and products, share new marketing concepts, and prepare aspiring bankers to become our next industry leaders. Collectively, our resources enable the IBA to represent our industry and to offer the very best products and services that meet our members’ ever-changing needs. Being involved is a “win-win-win” for our members, our Association and our industry!

Today, we have 20 boards or committees on which to participate, including our newest committees—the Financial Literacy Committee (see page __) and the Community Service and Banker of the Year Awards Committee (see page __). If you are interested in volunteering on one of our many committees, please visit our website at ilbanker.com and click on About IBA.

It goes without saying that the more you put into your association, the more you get out of it! Personally, there is nothing like the feeling of giving back to our industry! Not only that – but think about how volunteering can provide career experience through peer to peer communications, increase your job knowledge and learn valuable new skills. Even more so you will have the insider’s knowledge to grow the value of your membership by serving on a committee or board.

If you are interested in volunteering, please review the committee listing on our ilbanker.com website, and if you are interested in knowing more about any of these committees or other ways to participate, please call us at 800-783-2265.

If you don’t have time to actively volunteer, we do understand! But, then, please consider attending some of our many events throughout the year! You can start by attending our Springfield Lobby Day on April 9, our popular Belleville Golf Outing at the St. Clair Country Club on May 12, and our Annual Conference & Trade Show on June 16-18 in Chicago!

There is no better place to get the latest industry information and governmental news, hear about new products or services, and to network with friends—old and new!

However you choose to participate, we want you to know we appreciate your involvement and dedication to our industry!