The Wild West Council (“WWC”) is the regional Council for eleven chapters of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) located in Arizona, Nevada, Southern California, and Utah
The Wild West Council’s Mission
The mission of the WWC is to promote and facilitate cooperation and communication between the Institute of Management Accountants (“IMA Global”) and the chapters in the WWC region. The Council provides support, assistance and value to the council chapters while upholding the purposes, objectives, and goals of IMA Global. The Council also provides assistance and support for student chapters and for new or re-established chapters in the Council area.
Strategic Goals of the Wild West Council
The strategic objective of the WWC is to provide value to the Chapters and at-large members in our area through:
• Leadership opportunities,
• CPE sessions,
• Council meetings, and
• Opportunities for networking and social interactions.
Another important strategic goal of the council is to promote the CMA certification and to support and provide information to students on IMA, the CMA certification, and management accounting careers.
Introducing the Wild West Council’s Virtual Workplace
As we enter into the end of summer and the beginning of fall, the WWC Board is focusing on our plan for the year, and establishing the infrastructure to carry out our roles and responsibilities. To facilitate these objectives we have initiated a “Virtual Workplace”.
What is a “Virtual Workplace”?
The WWC’s Virtual Workplace is an electronic place to share, communicate, meet on-line, store, showcase, network, educate and even socialize. It consists of seven distinct virtual areas:
The Virtual Office: Utilizing a Google Drive to share our annual plan in an Excel worksheet, the board can refer to the plan to find out contact information, calendar dates, and upcoming meeting planning details. Google Drive keeps track of who is updating the file, so when two people are in the file at the same time, the first one in the file can edit, while the second one in the file can only view until the first one is done. In other words, Google Drive does not have “conflicted files”, as can be the case in Dropbox. The downside of Google Drive is that you have to have a Gmail address to use it. For those who don’t have a Gmail account, it means you need to create one, but remember you don’t need to use that email account, you just need it to gain access to the Google Drive. So in the virtual world, the WWC Google Drive is the virtual brick and mortar office in the cloud.
The Virtual Board Room: We use Adobe Connect as our board room, meeting remotely as needed and sharing documents as we conduct council planning. We also host our CMA Exam Review Course (co execute with IMA AZ Valley of the Sun Chapter), CPE sessions and board meetings in our Adobe Connect board room. Powerful. Convenient. Reliable. Affordable. Functional. Just some of the words that describe the Virtual Board Room.
The Virtual File Cabinet: The WWC Dropbox (started by Diane Hewlett last year) is our Virtual File Cabinet – storing the documents we use/used to throughout the year including the President’s Letter, the Meeting Agenda, the CPE template, and so on.
The Virtual Showroom: Our Google Site, www.wildwestcouncil.com is our Virtual Showroom, directed by our webmaster Pem Smith. This is where we update our home page (also known as the store front), CMA exam review information, board information, and volunteer opportunities, to name a few. We also have our newsletters stored here.
The Virtual Mailbox: This is our new email tool, www.GetResponse.com . We use it to email our meeting reminders, newsletters, volunteer opportunities and CMA Exam Review Class information. Kendall Argust oversees our Virtual Mailbox.
The Virtual Press: Our newsletter, beautifully directed, edited, produced, by Nancy McCleary (she does it all), is our press. Our newsletter is posted to our website (Virtual Showroom), and sent out via our email mechanism (Virtual Mailbox). We do break from our electronic virtual world by printing to paper form for distribution at our WWC meeting or work offices, but we look to keep hard copies to a minimum.
The Virtual Water Fountain: Our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts act as our Virtual Water Fountain. It is at the water fountain, where we share what we did last weekend, an upcoming announcement or if we have a cold…Achoo! Diane Hewlett and Pam Zanzucchi are presently overseeing these social media accounts. We consider these positions an “open”, so if anyone is interested to volunteer here, we will train and praise you!
We could use your help!
If you are interested in volunteering for our WWC board and working in our virtual world, contact Council President, Deb Michalowski at her “Virtual Mailbox” enter email here. We will welcome you with many virtual arms, until our next meeting, and then we will embrace you! We are an enthusiastic WWC Team! Why not catch the spirit!
If you are interested in joining us at an upcoming meeting, please mark your calendar for the remaining 2016-17 meetings:
• Tucson - October 28th and 29th
• Inland Empire - January 20th and 21st
• Phoenix - April 21st and 22nd
We hope to see many of you at our October 2016 meeting in Tucson!
Council President 2016-2017