Magazine article Risk Management

Executive Forum

Magazine article Risk Management

Executive Forum

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MAY 1, 2000 MARKED THE BEGINNING of an exciting year for me as your new vice president-treasurer on RIMS' Executive Council. Two of the first questions posed to me by a RIMS member were: "As an EC member what do you see your role to be? And what can you do for my chapter?" These are excellent questions.

These are challenging times, with risk managers being asked by their employers to get things done bigger, better, faster and with fewer resources, resulting in even less time for outside activities. We recognize that this climate affects chapters and the availability of members to devote time to chapter activities. Although the luxury of time is one of our most precious and scarce resources, by supporting our president's theme for this year-the reinvention of RIMS: Relevant, Inclusive, Membership, Service-and taking action, we benefit from the most effective and rewarding returns on our involvement.

One of my roles as an EC member is to assist chapters with these dilemmas, as a communicator through the Chapter Liaison Program. Together with your EC chapter liaison (each EC member is assigned about ten chapters) you should take the opportunity to evaluate your chapter's specific needs, and discuss what RIMS can do to fulfill those needs. We're here to answer questions like: What RIMS services are available to my members? What are the benefits of these services? Are we, as a chapter, and as individual members taking the best advantage of these services?

I attended my first EC retreat last week and experienced firsthand what a dynamic team of EC members and RIMS staff we have. In my involvement with RIMS over the years, I have had many opportunities to learn and to grow, both at the chapter and the national level. By reaching out to take part-sharing your strengths and discovering all the benefits that the Society provides for you and your chapter- you too can take advantage of all RIMS has to offer.

NANCY L. CHAMBERS, CRM-VICE PRESIDENT-TREASURER RISK MANAGER WATERLOO REGION MUNICIPALITIES INSURANCE POOL, KITCHNER, ONTARIO

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The Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. seeks to advance the theory and practice of risk management, a professional discipline vital to the protection and preservation of physical, financial and human resources. …

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