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ICF Michigan Newsletter

December 2013


Dear ICF Michigan Coaches:

As outgoing President of ICF Michigan, this final newsletter is a chance for me to recognize the amazing work of Board and Committee members in 2013. So, please indulge me as I "crow" a bit about all that I'm proud of related to ICF Michigan. This is a longer newsletter than normal, so pour yourself a cup of Christmas tea and join me in reviewing the wonderful achievements of Board and member-volunteers this past year.


1.  Let's begin with Membership. This past year, we grew membership numbers by 11% . Championed by Board member Deb Voyt, the committee...

  • Updated all membership letters, assuring that new and renewing members experience a personal connection with the organization
  • Researched and recommended system changes to simplify the renewal process which will be effective in 2014

Here's a "Shout Out" to Committee Members

Missie Nordrum and Vicki Hepler, with support from Therese Marie.  

2.  The Education & Development Committee set out at the beginning of the year to increase the frequency and quality of educational opportunities for all members. Since this goal is so pivotal to the purpose and mission of ICF Michigan, 3 Board members divided and organized the work and engaged member-volunteers to assist. As a result, Board members Lori Kerlin, Rebecca Kraus, and Sandy Marshall did a fantastic job and accomplished the following:

  • Launched new monthly Tele-class Series in June which ran through December. (See a complete listing of the monthly offerings on our website.) Members were provided an opportunity to earn 9.0 Core Competency and .5 Resource Development CCEUs since June.  
  • Introduced state-wide Coach Cafe (Tele-Café) and grew participation in ongoing monthly in-person cafes in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Royal Oak; introduced "First one is on us" to welcome new coaches to cafés. NOTE: a new Traverse City Café will be launched on the 2nd Tuesday of January at "Books a Million"
  • Held an innovative educational/free space Fall Forum, Grow Your Business, Make It Happen!, October 13, 2013, which was enthusiastically experienced by over 60 ICF Michigan members and guests.

"Shout Outs" go to the following volunteers who contributed so much to the planning and execution of education and development programs: Kyle Dooley Kinder, Kathy Munoz, Deb Nystrom, Stephanie Maat, Micki Berg, Jean Johnson, Grace Menzel, Chris Stier, and Angela Musselman.

3.  Marketing efforts were championed by Board member (and Vice President) Susanne Cordes-Hoelterhoff, who introduced new ways to reach out to members and engage them in networking conversations. The "Coach Happy Hour" was introduced in Royal Oak.

4.  Sponsorship, championed by Board member Jan Martinez, attracted advertising and sponsorship dollars that contributed to the overall financial health of ICF Michigan this past year. Advertisers were provided new venues to get their messages out to members including e-blasts, newsletter sidebars, website and Forum sponsorships. A solid "Shout Out" goes to dedicated committee member, David Chinsky.

5.  ICF Michigan launched a new, attractive and useful Website this past year under the leadership of Board member, Mary Jo Asmus. The new website captures the vibrant energy of ICF Michigan and aligns with the branding of parent organization, ICF. It also provides additional benefits to members with a new Members Only page. Significant contributions to the design and launch of the website were provided by designer, Caley Walsh, and ICF Administrative Assistant, Kathy Vlietstra.

6.  Board member and Treasurer, Mary Selzer, managed the books and reported each month on the financial health of the organization. For the 2nd time since the founding of ICF Michigan, we are able to report a modest profit. This is the result of creative growth in membership, new and continued educational programs like Tele-classes, a successful Fall Forum, as well as excellent money management by Board members who now serve a 2 year term. During the December Board meeting, the Board finalized the Operating Budget for 2014 which is both challenging and achievable.

That's the full and fabulous summary of what has been a most productive and rewarding year for ICF Michigan. I hope this list inspires you to get engaged in some of the ongoing work of the committees in 2014. Exciting things are planned under the leadership of Susanne Cordes- Hoelterhoff. We're eager to continue the good work that has begun in 2013 and will be making announcements early in the new year about exciting opportunities for members.

Let me say in closing that it has been my honor to serve as your President this past year. In this month of gift-giving and gift-receiving, I feel blessed. My wish of "full engagement" for all ICF Michigan members has been realized and is demonstrated through the increase in membership, volunteer involvement, member program participation and overall member value. The power of vision and clear intentions has been proven yet again.

Thank you for being professional coaches who believe in serving our clients with excellence and authenticity. Thank you, fellow Board members and volunteers, for getting involved and for the contribution of your time, your passionate energy and your gifts. I wish each of you blessed and beautiful holidays and a most successful new year.

Warm Regards,


Barb Grigsby  

2013 ICF Michigan President





January 7th Teleclass

"What Skills Are Required To Demonstrate MCC Competencies" with Tracy Stevens.   Click here for more information, and the link to register.

January 16th Coach Happy Hour
Join us at the Red Fox English Pub in Royal Oak from 5:30 - 7:00 pm for an informal yet structured gathering to meet with other coaches.  Click here for more information. 

ICF Midwest Conference
June 19-21, 2014 in Cleveland, OH.  Save the dates for this huge international conference, and be on the lookout for more information coming soon.  There are lots of opportunities to be a part of this great event.  Click here for information.

Affiliate Relationship - MBPA and ICF Michigan
Consider joining the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) (http://michbusiness.org/). Benefits of membership include joining an association of 20,000 business owners and professionals, state-wide networking events and seminars, vendor discounts, and much more. ICF Michigan members will be invited to join MBPA at a substantially discounted annual rate of $50 (normally $125).



Please don't hesitate to contact our dedicated Board members with questions, observations or suggestions.   


Barb Grigsby, President


Susanne Cordes-Hoelterhoff, Vice-President, Marketing and Outreach Champion 


Mary Selzer, Treasurer


Mary Jo Asmus, Website Champion 


Jan Martinez, Sponsorship Champion


Rebecca Kraus, Education and Events Champion


Lori Kerlin, Education and Events Champion

Sandy Marshall
, Education and Events Champion

Deb Voyt
, Membership and Volunteer Opportunities Champion

Kathy Vlietstra
, Administrator

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We're excited to announce
a brand new café that has
opened in Traverse City!
Join us January 14th at
Books-A-Million at 9:00 am!



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