As the incoming president of ACG Western Michigan, I am thrilled to embark on this journey with all of you.
Looking ahead to 2024, I am excited to announce three all-new initiatives meant to further enhance our member experience: Corks & Conversation, Coffee & Conversation, and a Fall Social, in addition to an exciting re-vamp of our Outstanding Growth Awards.
I am confident that this innovative programming will provide valuable experiencesfor our members and non-members alike and I am committed to ensuring that ACG Western Michigan continues to be a vibrant and supportive organization thatempowers its members to thrive professionally and personally.
Thank you for your ongoing support and dedication to ACG Western Michigan. I am excited about the possibilities that lie ahead, and I know that together we will make 2024 a truly remarkable year.
ACG Western Michigan has a history of delivering exceptional programs andbenefits to our members. To continue to meet our members' standards, the ACG Western Michigan Board of Directors made a few membership and programming changes you can expect to see in 2024. These changes include a modestmembership increase for the standard and first-year NextGen membership rates, effective January 1, 2024:
While the number of events and programs ACG Western Michigan provides hascontinued to increase, our standard rate hasn’t increased since 2020 and our NextGen rate hasn’t increased since 2018 — despite the continued increase of ACG Global dues.
In addition to the membership increase, we have increased our non-member ticket prices for our Signature and NextGen events.
These adjustments not only reflect the rising costs of our events, but more importantlyunderscore the benefits our members receive. Members will continue to receive complimentary access to all Signature & NextGen programming.
We believe these changes will allow us to continue delivering exceptional value to our members while maintaining a balanced budget for our chapter. Any revenue generated from these adjustments will be reinvested back into our programs andinitiatives to further enhance the member experience.
You may have noticed a change in the notes from Kelly and Eric, but I am excited to formally announce ACG Young Professionals is now ACG NextGen! Furthermore, the NextGen Committee and our Board of Directors approved an increase in age qualifications – members aged 40 and under are now considered NextGen.
For new chapter members under age 35, we will continue to offer the NextGen First Year of chapter membership at a discounted rate.
I am honored to continue to serve as chair of the NextGen Committee and look forward to serving as treasurer, keeping the chapter finances accurate, transparent, and working to serve chapter initiatives.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about ACG NextGen, please feel free to reach out to us directly. We look forward to connecting with you and sharing the exciting opportunities that ACG NextGen has to offer.
I am grateful for the warm welcome I have received from the ACG Western Michigan chapter and community. If we haven't had the chance to meet yet, I look forward to connecting with you at a future event or over a cup of coffee. Your insights and ideas are essential as we work together to shape the future of our organization.
I’d like to express my gratitude to those who have provided immeasurable supportthis year:
Thank you to the Board of Directors for the opportunity to serve this chapter and for your trust in me as the new Executive Director.
To the Executive Committee, thank you for your dedication and time this year. Yourcontinued support as I’ve moved into this role is truly appreciated.
Finally, to Heather Edwards, thank you for your ceaseless energy and yourincredible commitment to ACG Western Michigan, specifically in the areas of NextGen and ACG Cup. We could not do this without you!
Once again, thank all of you for the opportunity to serve as your Executive Director. I look forward to our continued collaboration and a fantastic year ahead.