Important Message to Our Members
Dear Members both past and present,
The Western Ohio Chapter of ASTD is now a “Geographic Interest Group” (GIG) of the
Greater Cincinnati Chapter of ASTD. In this message we will explain why this reclassification
of our group was necessary and its impact on you, our members.
Reason for the change: Our chapter was founded in 1956, but in recent years
membership has been steadily declining and only a small percentage of our 36 current members
also belong to ASTD National. Because of these low numbers, our Chapter no longer meets
National ASTD Chapter Operating Requirements (CORE). With the current trends in membership
and the local economy, we did not foresee this changing in the near future. In addition,
for the last few years your Chapter Board has consisted of the same people, rotating positions
and holding multiple positions in order to keep the chapter running the best we could.
After many discussions with our representative from ASTD National, last month we received
official word from Brandon Grubesky, Manager, Chapter Services, that our chapter has been
We are now in the process of transitioning to a “Geographic Interest Group” (GIG) of the
Greater Cincinnati Chapter of ASTD (see www.GCASTD.org). The Cincinnati Chapter’s leaders
are very welcoming and enthusiastic about this. Under this arrangement we will still be
able to hold local meetings and have our own local leadership team which will be headed
next year by Bob Riess. Bob has been a member of both the Dayton and Cincinnati ASTD
chapters in the past and for the last couple of years he has headed the Cincinnati chapter’s
annual Fall Conference which has been very successful. As a Beavercreek resident Bob is
very enthusiastic about revitalizing ASTD activities in the Dayton area.
What this means for you: First, in order to participate in our activities as
a member in 2014, you need to join GCASTD. By joining GCASTD you will have membership privileges
for all of their Cincinnati activities, plus you will receive membership discounts for all
Dayton area meetings. Please note that annual membership in GCASTD is currently $50, but
after March 31st it will rise to $85. (You will also be able to sign up for two years for
$65 per year.) In view of the March price increase, we encourage you to register for GCASTD
before the end of the year. (If you like, you can also take advantage of special promotions
to join both the Cincinnati chapter and National ASTD.)
We are now seeking a few good people to assist the current group leaders who are committed
to maintaining our presence in the Dayton area to support local training professionals. If
you are interested in assisting us with local programming and activities in 2014, please
contact one of us or any of the board members by the end of the year. Board member information
will be available on our website - www.WOCASTD.org – until January 20, 2014. After that all
Dayton area activities will be announced on the GCASTD website.
Thank you for your support. We hope that you will continue to work with us and enjoy the
benefits of having Dayton area meetings in 2014 and beyond.
WOC-ASTD VP Communications