Don’t Just Wait—Affiliate

June 2008
by Florrie Binford Kichler

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT

by Florrie Binford Kichler

Don’t Just Wait—Affiliate

The first one was born almost 20 years ago.

Now, siblings range from the Pacific Northwest to New England, from New Mexico to Florida, from Missouri to Minnesota, and exist at many points in between.

Staffed by über-volunteers, they stand on the front lines of the book industry, providing training and support to the publishers in their regions.

Meet our Affiliates—28 regional and virtual groups that bring publisher education and advocacy to the grassroots level. Like spokes radiating from the IBPA central hub, the Affiliate groups are critical to your national association’s ability to communicate, educate, and advocate. Staffing regional bookseller show exhibits across the country and hosting mini-Publishing Universities in their areas are just two examples of the many ways Affiliates support and connect their members with IBPA national—and vice versa.

Once a year, your board of directors hosts an Affiliate Retreat, a one-and-a-half-day conference in a centrally located city where affiliate leaders can gather and exchange best-practice information with one another. It was my pleasure and honor to …IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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