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AIS Leadership Addresses Challenges, Secures Future

Thursday, November 8, 2012  

By AIS President Doug Vogel

I am writing to let you know of recent action that the AIS Council has taken to ensure the future of the association.  The association continues to expand in many areas, and we are seeing the strengthening of IS programs throughout the world. Our membership numbers are stable throughout the 100 countries where AIS is located.  And while the association is stable, it is not without challenges.

In our June meeting, we discussed many issues regarding the future of the association.  Included in that discussion was a review of the AIS strategic goals and approval of the annual budget. In that process, it became clear that the resources needed to ensure the long-term stability of the association are insufficient.  After thorough deliberation, the Council voted unanimously to approve an increase in member dues effective as of January 1, 2013. 

Increasing member dues is not an item to be taken lightly and the Council deliberated upon many different options. Some of those options included eliminating or cutting back on services, increasing other sources of revenue (such as conference registration fees), and reducing staff.  In the end it was determined that the services that are currently being provided and staff to manage these services are critical for the continued growth of the association and that additional services are warranted.  As well, the Council did not believe that we can continue to fund the programs of the association primarily on the backs of those who attend conferences.

We understand that there may be questions about this Council decision and we look forward to taking those over the next several months. To assist in that regard, I am attaching a Question and Answer document which will help. Also, next week, you will receive another message from AIS Treasurer Matt Nelson providing more information about the financial picture of the association.  I think you'll find that to be quite helpful.

We look forward to continuing to be of service to you and appreciate your ongoing support.

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