Friday, February 1, 2013

Open Letter To Our Members, Both New and Old!

On behalf of the board, I would like to thank so many of our members who made 2012 such a great year for APRA MidSouth. We had a banner year, welcoming many new members and expanding programming deep into untouched areas of our membership.

Because of you, we were able to host a number of Prospect Research 101 seminars across our membership area, introducing small and large nonprofits alike to the field of prospect research. We were also able to provide continuing education opportunities and networking lunches to our members already embedded in the MidSouth prospect research community. In November, we went national, partnering with APRA International to host more than 100 prospect research professionals from across the country for a networking happy hour capping off the Advanced Relationship Management Symposium held in Nashville, Tennessee.

This year, we hope to build on this momentum and offer you and your fellow APRA MidSouth members several valuable opportunities.

A one-day conference on April 19, 2013, in the Nashville-area covering a broad range of tips and techniques in prospect research. This conference will be beneficial to shops at all levels and best of all, will connect you with other prospect researchers in your own back yard!

Several webinars and networking lunches that are free or very low cost to our membership. For the first time, we’ll be hosting these events simultaneously in various cities across our four-state area so members all across our region can connect through shared learning.

An APRA International Conference Re-Cap to build on themes and topics presented at the 26th Annual APRA International Conference being held in Baltimore, Maryland. Whether or not you plan to attend the APRA International conference, we want our members to be privy to all the new techniques and trends in our ever-growing field. And, if you are planning to attend, we’ll be hosting a special APRA MidSouth happy hour so you can mingle with other attendees and continue the conversation!

To take part in these and other exciting opportunities in 2013, please consider joining or renewing your APRA MidSouth membership today! As always, please email us (emails on side bar) or leave us a comment if you have questions or to let us know how we can better serve you in the New Year! We’re looking forward to a great 2013!

Angie Stapleton, President, APRA MidSouth

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