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ICF Michigan Newsletter

February 2015


Rebecca Kraus, 2015 ICF Michigan President

Dear ICF Michigan Community Coaches,

As I sit at my kitchen table looking out onto a bitterly cold (-10F, -29F wind chill) brilliantly sunny Sunday morning, I look around me and realize how fortunate I am. I have a home and it has electricity for light and a furnace that works that provides warmth. I have funds to pay the bills that come each month. I have stability in my life and am blessed to be a part of a family fortunate enough to have created a home we love, with pictures of friends and family, mementos of places we have been able to afford to travel providing moments in our lives we cherish. I have on a warm sweater, and am sipping a fresh cup of coffee out of a state of the art Keurig coffee maker - life is good.

There are moments in our crazy, fast-paced life when we experience a moment where real life catches up and hits you across the head. I've been having a number of those moments lately. I like you, have many demands on my life; I am a small business owner, a President of this state chapter, a wife, a mom. There are times when my life starts feeling out of control. I have too much happening! And then when it does slow down, I worry that it is slowing down. Know what I mean?

Last night provided me an opportunity to slow down and reflect in a most powerful way. My husband and I attended a fund raising event hosted by a local community action agency that I have been privileged to work with as coach, strategic planner, etc. over the years. The agency provides services to those in need in our community. Because government funds they receive are so tightly mandated, there are little discretionary monies to help not only those in poverty but our neighbors who have suddenly fallen on hard times, can no longer pay for utilities and are facing losing their homes. The agency realized that additional activities were needed to be able to raise funds and thus were holding their first-ever Valentine's Day fundraiser event to supplement their Walk for Warmth initiative that they have been doing for many years.

As we drove through snow squalls and single digit temps we debated how many people would actually show up. We arrived to a cheerily decorated banquet room that was quite empty, got something warm to drink and sat down to wait for the program to start. Wow- what if this was it! That would be terrible... And then people began to arrive, began to fill the tables and soon, the wait staff was checking for available seats that remained for all those coming into the door! The agency Communications Director saw me and walked over. She had tears in her eyes as she excitedly told me what had happened.

Two weeks before, only 30 tickets had been purchased. I can only imagine the panic of the group as they weighed how they would pay for the facility, minimum food bills, the disc jockey. etc. I would imagine that their marketing budget was small, as every cent possible goes to services that help those in need. But suddenly, in the final week, tickets began to sell, really sell, purchased by people unknown to the agency. What was happening?

It turned out that there are many people who have big hearts and want to help those in need. Complete strangers to the agency found out - in what way no one is sure- about the event and wanted to attend. The purpose of raising money for Walk for Warmth and donating to a program that helps the homeless and people without heat, lights, or a warm place to sleep touched the hearts of those who did have those precious resources we take for granted. That I take for granted. The Director told me that around the room were people who had never heard of the agency before, learned of the event and wanted to support it. As an example, she told me at one table sat a young man and his Mom whom he wanted to take out for Valentine's Day, heard of the event, the cause and figured it had all the makings of a great evening. New faces, new friends and supporters drawn to help others, all who were fortunate enough to be able to have a car to drive there, the money to afford the ticket, heat, light and a home to go to after an enjoyable evening.

This morning I am looking at the work I must do, the tasks I must oversee in a different light and I am going to work to keep this perspective alive within me. How fortunate I am, how fortunate you may be for all we have. It is ironic that sometimes our own abundance can feel overwhelming - too much work, too many demands. But our abundance is actually a blessing to have work, to have responsibilities, to be in that place for all this to be possible. How fortunate we are for what we have, and what a gift it is for us to help others in turn. To have gratitude opens our hearts and eyes to see and feel and be renewed. As the great Roman philosopher Cicero said, 


"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, it
is the parent of all others."

All the best to you,


Rebecca Kraus

2015 ICF Michigan President




The Midwest Regional Conference Registration is Now Open!
Kansas City, MO and The Midwest Regional Conference will be the place to be from June18 - 20, 2015!  Early discounted registration is now open!  Take advantage of a $100 discounted rate by registering before April 15th!  Simply click on the link here - http://ICF-midwest.com  


ICF Global Membership Renewal Kicks Off February 3rd

ICF (our parent global organization) has begun the member renewal process. E-mails from Global as well as a notice from ICF Michigan was sent to our members in the last several weeks. Be sure to renew your ICF Global membership by March 31, 2015.

Benefits of ICF are many, including:

  • Setting the standard for coaching excellence world-wide, and for you, in the marketplace
  • Increased credibility by membership in the world's largest community of professionally trained coaches
  • ICF's advancement of coaching as a critically important practice needed across industries
  • Access to advanced coaching research and science
  • Personal learning opportunities through tele-classes, etc.
  • Access to promotional materials to help you build your coaching practice available in 8 languages
  • Discount rates for business insurance and a variety of services
  • Advisory support to you for ethics and compliance issues arising in your practice





On December 19, 2014, ICF Michigan members received an e-mail from our ICF Michigan chapter leadership announcing our new membership classifications to be offered starting with your membership renewal in June, 2015. As a Charter chapter of the ICF, by the end of 2015 ICF will be requiring all full (voting) members of an ICF chapter to also belong to the ICF. As a charter chapter of the ICF, ICF Michigan will now offer two classifications of membership: ICF Michigan Member and Community Associate. Guests may participate at full fee in our events.


ICF Michigan Member 

Participation as an ICF Michigan Member requires being a member in good standing with ICF Global. The benefits of ICF Michigan and our $60 annual dues remain unchanged. ICF Global's membership is $245 per year.


Community Associate

Participation as a Community Associate does NOT require ICF Global membership. Community Associates will continue to enjoy many of the benefits available to ICF Michigan members and be eligible to participate in local events at a discounted rate. The cost of a Community Associate membership is $120 per year.


A graphic of the new participation options is inserted below.


What do you do next?

If you already ARE an active ICF Global member

When your ICF Michigan Chapter membership comes up for renewal in June 2015, simply renew your ICF Michigan Chapter membership and continue enjoying the many benefits and resources as you have in the past. Nothing will change for you.


If you are NOT an active ICF Global member

When your ICF Michigan Chapter membership comes up for renewal in June 2015, you will also need to join ICF Global to be eligible to remain an ICF Michigan member. There are many benefits to being a member of ICF Global and many resources for coaches to be found on the ICF Global website. If you choose not to join ICF Global, you will still have the option to participate in our Chapter as a Community Associate with limited benefits.


As we launch into the transition, we will be sharing more information via email, at Coach Café's, and on the website. We will a reminder of this change and renewal instructions prior to the annual ICF Michigan renewal date in June 2015.




Volunteers are sought for all our ICF Michigan Committees:

  • Education & Development
  • Marketing
  • Membership (Two Teams - Base and Affiliations)
    Community Outreach and Volunteers
  • Sponsorship
  • Annual ICF Michigan Conference Team

Please contact the following Board Member Champions of these Committees:
(click on name to access e-mail addresses)  


Kathy Munoz, Education & Development  

Nadine Henry, Marketing 

Mary Selzer, Member Relations 

Sandy Marshall, Community Outreach 

Deb Voyt, Sponsorship  

Rebecca Kraus, Annual Conference



Did You Know?

ICF Michigan and the Michigan Business & Professional Association (MBPA) have an affiliate relationship that allows our members to join and receive the benefits of their many services and programs offered to individuals and businesses. In addition to supporting businesses through Business Knowledge, Facilitated Networking, Legislative Influence and Health Care Reform Connect™, MBPA partners with over 100 companies to offer Financial Savings on products and services. 

ICF Michigan members who join MBPA will receive $25.00 off a one, two or three membership.  To take advantage of this offer, just mention that you are a member of ICF Michigan on the application submitted to MBPA.  For more information about this organization, visit their website at www.michbusiness.org

"Women for Change Coaching Community" - Coaches wanted!

Are you interested in making a difference in the world by using your coaching skills to help others? ICF Michigan is partnering with "Women for Change Coaching Community" (www.Women4ChangeCC.org) to provide volunteer coaches to help financially challenged women make powerful changes in their lives.  If you are looking for an opportunity to provide coaching by telephone, this may be a great fit for you. Better yet - you will receive "paid" coaching hours toward ICF certification! ICF Michigan coaches (men, you are welcome as well!) who have completed or are currently enrolled in coach training are invited to apply. Be one of the first to apply and receive a special benefit! Want to learn more? Contact Sandy@MarshallLeadershipGroup.com

ICF Michigan's Scholarship Program

In a demonstration of ongoing commitment to
the coaching community, ICF Michigan is launching a new scholarship program for current or prospective ICF Michigan coaches. The scholarship program is designed to support and promote the highest standards of professional coaching in Michigan and serve our vibrant community where coaches connect, learn, grow, and succeed to best serve our clients.

Scholarships will cover the membership fee in part or in full and are available to individuals who are studying to become a coach or continuing their coach education. Applicants must be actively involved in current ICF or ICF Michigan Programs, events, or committees and be willing to support the ICF Michigan mission, vision, values, and community. Please see the ICF Michigan website for more information about this exciting new opportunity!

Teleclass and Core Competency Programs:

The ICF Michigan Core Competency Program will kick off on March 12 2015. and thereafter the second Thursday of the month. Please join us for 60 minutes of exploring the intent and practice of the ICF Core Competencies. Contact Kyle Kinder for more information.

Monthly Teleclass Program

Our ICF Michigan Monthly Teleclass Program promises a 2015 filled with outstanding speakers and thought provoking topics. Join us! Earn continuing education credits free with your ICF membership or participate for a small fee as a guest. No matter how you look at it, the value is outstanding! Watch for our monthly e-mail announcements and website updates and mark your calendars now for:

March 10, 2015, 1-2:00PM, TBD; 1 Core Competency CCEU - "Is There An Inspired Thought Leader Inside of You?"  with Lizabeth Phelps

April 28, 2015, 2-3:00PM, TBD; 1 Core Competency CCEU - "The Do's and Don'ts of Coaching Agreements" with Geertje Tutschka

May 18, 2015, 1-2:00PM, TBD; 1 Core Competency CCEU - "Conflict Mastery: Questions to Ask" with Cinnie Noble

June 17, 2015, 1-2:00PM, 1 Resource Development CCEU
"Profit Ability: How to Create and Market Digital Products That Will Transform Your Coaching Business" with Nick Night



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

Rebecca Kraus, President

Susanne Cordes-Hoelterhoff, Past President

Mary Selzer, Vice-President, Member Relations

Lisa Bradley-Mitchell, Secretary 

Darren Johnston, Treasurer

Aaron Handelsman, Community Outreach and ICF Ethics Liaison

Nadine Henry, Marketing

Sandy Marshall
, Community Outreach

Jan Martinez, Education & Development 


Kathy Munoz, Education & Development

Deb Voyt
, Marketing (Affiliations, Sponsorship) 

Kathy Vlietstra
, Administrator


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