Hope this note finds you well! If you’re like me, you’ve used part of your Summer to relax and restore. Long days and short nights lend well to relaxing and contemplation. I just returned from Paris, where I celebrated my partner’s 40th birthday and our 13th anniversary.
Historically, I recall fond memories of vacations and adventures over the years to places near and far. I’ll never forget family vacations as a young person. Being one of six siblings, each summer my parents would load up the family camper and travel to state and national parks to get away. Lots of good memories from those family trips. And I’ll never forget each year from age 8-16, attending a summer camp called Camp Tall Trees. Looking back that experience was chock full of experiences that have served me well throughout my life.
There was the vacation my family took to Appalachia when I was 10 years old. My dad thought our family should experience a part of the country that most people from the city never visit. He wanted us to understand the plight of people living in that area. What I observed and learned during that trip stays with me to this day.
So, however you’ve spent your summer — traveling afar or relaxing at home or busy with work — a hearty hello and hope it’s been a summer full of rich experiences and fond memories that will remain with you.
In this note, you’ll learn about some of the comings and goings in your ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter:
- Welcome to the ICF Coaches of West Virginia
- “Getting to the Heart of the Matter” in Kansas City for #ICFMidwest 2015
- Welcome to new members
- Recognizing new credential earners
- New chapter secretary/treasurer
- Chapter leadership advance – You’re invited!
- Thanks to our chapter advertisers
- Life Long Journey to Artful Coaching Mastery
Can you imagine being an ICF coach without a local chapter to belong to? This has been the situation many ICF coaches in West Virginia have experienced. Not anymore. As of June 1, 2015, ICF Ohio Valley expanded its catchment area to include our colleagues in West Virginia. We already had members joining us from West Virginia and so we thought it would be great to open our chapter up to all the coaches in this geography not previously served by a chapter. We’re now in the process of reaching out and encouraging unaffiliated West Virginia coaches to join ICF Ohio Valley. The best part is, there is no cost for these coaches to affiliate and coaches located in West Virginia can begin to automatically participate in our chapter virtual education programs and take advantage of volunteer committee and leadership opportunities. So, welcome West Virginia coaches to ICF Ohio Valley and we look forward to the perspectives and experience you bring to the chapter.
2. “Getting to the Heart of the Matter” in Kansas City for #ICFMidwest
We had 10 coaches from ICF Ohio Valley attend #ICFMidwest in Kansas City. Our chapter had one of the largest delegations of coaches attend this conference. A special thanks to: J. Matthew Becker, PCC, Kristen Beireis, Carrie Doubts, PCC, Belinda Gates, ACC, Angela Greer, Kevin Guerrero, Janet Fulton, ACC, Ann Huttner, PCC, Linda McGillivray, and Jeff Nally, PCC, who attended the conference!
3. Welcome New Members!
A total of 18 new members recently joined or affiliated with ICF Ohio Valley. I’d like to welcome each of you and invite you to get involved in our chapter. There are lots of opportunities!
- Melanie Traicoff – Lexington, KY
- Cameron Shoaf – Lexington, KY
- Tina Wade-Hairston – Columbus, OH
- Hagop Mekhjian – Columbus, OH
- Heather Clutter – Dayton, OH
- Kneisha Sanders – Cincinnati, OH
- Sara Huron – Cincinnati, OH
- Hanna Reisdorff – Batavia, OH
- Patrick “Gavin” O’Shea – Louisville, KY
- Ann Coffey – Louisville, KY
- Mary Jane Aboud – Louisville, KY
- Vickie Ball-Seiter – Millfield, OH
- Kevin Guerrero – Floyds Knobs, IN
- Linda McGillivray – Piqua, OH
- Sandra Miller – Louisville, KY
- Matthew Ryczko – Toledo, OH
- Sandy Schmiedeknec – Davis, WV
- Karen Wunderlin – Louisville, KY
4. Recognizing new credential earners
As of June 1, 66% of ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter members earned a credential from the International Coach Federation. Our chapter has the highest percentage of credential holders of any ICF chapter in the Midwest region. Kudos to these four coaches listed below for making the commitment to professionalism and quality in the coaching profession and recently earning an ICF credential. Please join me in acknowledging the following coaches:
- Julia Huber, ACC – Lexington, KY
- Ann Huttner, PCC – Louisville, KY
- Patrick “Gavin” O’Shea, ACC – Louisville, KY
- William “Lee” Strawhun, ACC – Cincinnati, OH
5. New chapter Secretary/Treasurer
Please join me in congratulating Sandra “Sandy” Hughes, ACC, on recently being appointed Secretary/Treasurer of ICF Ohio Valley.
Located in Cincinnati, OH, Sandy is an excellent ambassador of the coaching profession. She joined the chapter in May 2013, and has stepped up repeatedly to help build community and strengthen our chapter.
In her new role as the chapter “COO,” Sandy will help steward our chapter’s resources. I’m thrilled Sandy’s joined the chapter leadership team. She brings a high level of commitment, energy, and leadership to this role. Please join me in congratulating Sandy!
6. Chapter Leadership Advance – You Are Invited!
On August 7, your ICF Ohio Valley chapter leadership will convene in Louisville to develop the chapter “Future Self” and plan activity to advance our mission over the next 36 months. It’s an exciting time to be a part of our chapter! We are growing stronger and better organized than ever before and this is enabling the chapter to begin to focus more on external efforts. At the top of our list is building awareness and connection with individuals, organizations, human resource professionals, and the media throughout the Ohio Valley geography to raise awareness of professional coaching and the benefit of working with an ICF coach. The chapter recently obtained a marketing grant from the International Coach Federation to support our chapter efforts. We’re thrilled about the opportunities before us and I want to invite any member who is interested in becoming apart of this planning effort to contact me for more information. The meeting will run from 8:30-Noon and breakfast and lunch will be served. If you’d like to get more involved in the chapter or have ideas to contribute, simply reply to this note and let me know of your interest.
7. Thanks to our Chapter Advertisers!
Last Fall, your chapter began selling advertising and sponsorships. So far three organizations have invested in your chapter. I’d like to acknowledge: CRR Global, Coaches’ Marketing Source, and the Center for Coaching Certification for supporting the operations of ICF Ohio Valley. If you know of an organization that may be a good fit for sponsoring or advertising with the chapter, learn more about opportunities here: www.icfohiovalley.org/sponsorship-opportunities/
8. Life Long Journey to Artful Coaching Mastery with Janet Harvey, MCC
This past week your chapter kicked off the first part of a special two-part program, “Life Long Journey to Artful Coaching Mastery with Janet Harvey, MCC.” We had one of our largest registrations ever for this virtual program and had coaches register from Ohio Valley, Ireland, Vancouver, and Kansas City! In case you missed it, the program is being recorded and will be made available later on the chapter website. A special thanks to Ann Huttner, PCC, for organizing this special program for the chapter and to Janet Harvey, MCC, for teaching this program!
Thank you for taking the time to read this note and hope you enjoy your Summer!
With all my best,
Chris Padgett, PCC
ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter