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					March Chapter Telecon
Mary Beth Lech NCMA Chapter Relations Manager 1.800.344.8096 x419

Today’s Topics
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Elections to National Board of Directors Chapter Elections Leadership Blog Chapter Policy 5-7 WC09 Save the Dates! Changes to the Certification Program Certification webinar Education Updates Get Connected to NCMA Congratulate our Award Winners Upcoming Award Nominations New Lifetime Membership Anniversary Pins A Special Message from Neal Couture What’s On Your Mind?

Nation-wide Elections to NCMA Board of Directors--Now in Progress
• Every NCMA member in good standing as of March 1, 2009 received an e mail with the link to the candidates and ballot • Every NCMA member is entitled to vote for not more than 4 candidates for the NCMA National Board of Directors • Voting closes March 27, 2009 at 5 PM EDT

Time to start the Chapter Election Process
• It’s not too early to find your replacements! • Start your casting
– What roles do you need to fill?
• What do your chapter bylaws say?

– How do the candidates apply? – What is your interview process?

• Nominations and Elections committee is a good job for your Chapter Fellows

Meet Cynthia D’Amour and her blog for association leaders Cynthia D'Amour on Leadership and Life
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Have a Heart Posted: 05 Mar 2009 07:48 PM PST Now go sit down. A few weeks ago I attended a chapter meeting. One of the meeting goals was to build community in their chapter. A break in the middle of their two-hour meeting gave members time to mingle. The arrangements team also got creative with seating arrangements. Valentine’s Day was just a few days away. When members signed in, they were asked to take a heart. A conversation candy heart that is. In the meeting room, tables had heart-shaped cut-outs as centerpieces. Each heart had one of the conversation sayings on it. From “Be Mine” to “Yum Yum.” Members with the same candy sat at the table with the matching saying. The theme added some fun to the meeting. It felt sort of like a party. People enjoyed eating the chocolate hearts also on the tables. It was an inexpensive way to make a major voting meeting less dull. This group understood they had to standout to compete for members’ time. A meeting was not enough. Members wanted a total experience. And a chance to connect with each other. It was no surprise the room was packed with members! Makes me think of chapter leaders…how do transform typical meetings into experiences your members enjoy?

NCMA Chapter Policy 5-7
• Did you know NCMA has an Association Policy Manual? • Did you know NCMA has a chapter policy?
• Topics
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• Special Task Force commissioned by President-elect Gary Poleskey to review chapter policy, and how NCMA provides value to members, particularly through the chapters
– First meeting in May – Several chapter level leaders invited to serve along with members of the Board of Directors

Chapter Chartering Chapter Performance NCMA Support for Chapters Chapter Rebate Chapter Audit Reports Chapter Tax ID Numbers

World Congress 2009
• • Agenda Golf Tournament is Saturday afternoon mNumber=4039


Congress starts SUNDAY afternoon – Keynote speaker is Carly Fiorina at 3 PM
Breakout sessions
– Fewer, but longer


World Congress 2009

• Monday Night Gala Dinner
– Celebrates NCMAs 50th Anniversary – At the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific
– Dress is Business Formal (Black Tie Optional) – “Peep Toe and Pedi”

Other World Congress 2009 Events

• Sunday April 5
– FREE Contract Management Career Fair begins at NOON – Council of Fellows meeting at 1:30 – 2:30 pm

• Monday April 6
– EAC Luncheon Meeting at 12:30 pm

• Tuesday April 7
– Chapter Forum from 1:45-2:45 pm – Dine Around Town 6 pm - ??

• Wednesday April 8
– Volunteer Appreciation Reception 5 pm

Stop by the NCMA Pavilion in the Exhibit Hall!
• Don't miss our newest exhibit hall feature! Open during all exhibit hall hours, the NCMA pavilion will feature 15-minute, intensive micro-sessions covering some of NCMA’s hottest programs that are designed to enhance your career. Space at the sessions is limited, so please arrive early. Enjoy the exclusive atmosphere, network with colleagues, and show off your Wii™ skills!

Sunday, April 5 • 4:30 p.m. - Make NCMA Work for You! Welcome orientation and acclimatization for new members. New members, CPCMs, and Fellows are strongly encouraged to attend!

Monday, April 6
• • • 1:00 p.m. - The Updated NCMA Certification Program: Insurance for Your Career 1:45 p.m. - The Contract Management Career Network: 2:30 p.m. - NCMA Communities of Practice: CoPs 2.0

Tuesday, April 7 • • • 1:00 p.m. - The Contract Management Career Network: 1:45 p.m. - What’s New in NCMA's e-Learning Program 2:30 p.m. - The Updated NCMA Certification Program: Insurance for Your Career

Upcoming Events
• Save These Dates!
• Aerospace and Defense Contract Management Conference 2009: July 9-10, 2009; Westin Tabor Center, Denver, Colorado Leadership Summit 2009: July 11, 2009; Westin Tabor Center, Denver, Colorado Academic Conference 2009: August 5-6, 2009; GWU Campus, Washington DC Government Contract Management Conference 2009: November 4-6, 2009; North Bethesda Marriott, Bethesda, Maryland Aerospace and Defense Contract Management Conference 2010: March 2010; Denver, Colorado (exact dates TBD) World Congress 2010: July 18-21, 2010; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

2009 Certification Program Changes

Certification update seminar
• Dr John Wilkinson will host a free seminar after World Congress to explain the certification changes • Date: Friday April 17th, 12 Noon EDT • Format: Audio Seminar

Stay tuned for further information

NEW! Certification Exam Practice Tests Available Through Kryterion
• Special 2 for 1 test pricing available through

March 31st

• Take practice exams for all three modules (Federal, Commercial, and General Business). • Each 50-question test costs $35 and can be taken at a location convenient to you. These exams can be taken online on any computer with Internet access. • To purchase these exams, you must establish a Kryterion account which will be used later when you are ready for the actual certification exams. • For more information and to establish your account, please contact Alex Rodriguez at

CM Learning Center Update
• E Mailed to all members
– 2nd and 4th Monday of the month National Contract Management Association

ContractManagement LearningCenter
March 10, 2009

Online Ethics Courses: NCMA offers seven online LRN Legal Compliance and Ethics (LCE) course packages to help contract professionals make legal and ethically appropriate decisions in today's highly scrutinized business environment. •Certificate •Certificate •Certificate •Certificate •Certificate • Certificate • Certificate of of of of of of of Introductory Business Ethics for Federal Contracting Advanced Business Ethics for Federal Contracting Protection of Intellectual Property Introductory Business Ethics of International Contracting Advanced Business Ethics of International Contracting Corporate Governance Critical Business Vulnerabilities

The core of each course is an interactive tutorial that uses audio and realistic scenarios to help illustrate the issues you might face in your work. You'll also find additional teaching text designed to explain key issues, including: •Frequently asked questions, •Top-ten things to remember, and

Audio Seminars -- $189 Price now includes a copy of the CD
• • • • April, 2009 April 14: Government Cost Accounting - What's Hot Category: Navigant Consulting Contract Accounting Seminars Because of the complexity of government cost accounting rules, dealings with the federal government differ greatly from standard commercial business practices. Accordingly, all professionals involved with government contracts need a basic understanding of the cost accounting requirements that affect these contracts. This seminar provides participants with a brief introduction to the accounting for costs at each step of contract performance, from bidding to closeout. The seminar will cover the cost allowability requirements of FAR Part 31, the Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA), and methods of cost allocability. In addition, the seminar will address commercial item acquisitions and the impact of procurement reform and streamlining. Program Details | Register April 23: Prime Contractor-Subcontractor Issues Category: Federal Contracting Basics The only thing tougher than being a government contractor is being a government subcontractor, and vice versa. This program will address many of the key issues in the prime/sub relationship, from both perspectives. Program Details | Register May, 2009 May 12: Achieving Success with DCAA Category: Navigant Consulting Contract Accounting Seminars Establishing effective working relationships with the DCAA can expedite the issue resolution. This seminar will you develop an understanding and appreciation for DCAA's processes and chain of command which is key to establishing and fostering effective working relationships. Program Details | Register

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Handy Hint: Copies of Audio Seminars make great hip pocket programs when your speakers is a no-show

Get Connected to NCMA
• What are contract managers talking about? What do you want to talk about? • Join NCMA in our new social media

If you would like assistance, contact Wyatt Miedema or Correen Dingle of the NCMA staff, and they can advise you on how to use the connected world to your advantage.

Congratulate our NCMA Award Winners
• Tom Reid, Denver Chapter, National Achievement Award • Tommy Nicholson, Sooner Chapter, Excellence in Contracts Professionalism Award • Christine Clark, Middle Georgia Chapter, Education Award • Doris Gray, Phoenix Thunderbird Chapter, Outstanding Fellow Award • David Hooker, Northwest FL Chapter, Staats Young Acquisition Professional Excellence Award

Upcoming Awards Nominations
• Albert Berger Outstanding Chapter Leadership Award
– NCMA is collecting nominations for our outstanding chapter leaders. The Albert Berger Award applies to all NCMA chapter leaders, both elected officers and appointed committee chairs, who held office during program year 2008–09. It is a means of giving special recognition at the national level to those volunteers who demonstrate superior chapter leadership achievements in support of their chapter’s goals and activities. Review the award criteria and submit your nomination by April 15, 2009, to

• Fellow Award

New Lifetime Membership Rates Available in April
• Did you know that the average NCMA member spends 15+ years in the contract management profession? • In recognition of NCMA’s 50th anniversary celebration, NCMA is offering 100 lifetime memberships during the month of April for the low cost of $1,000. • NCMA wants to thank you for your ongoing support by offering you the deal of the half-century! • Apply with • Note: Lifetime memberships are offered to individual memberships only. This offer does not apply to organizational members.

NCMA Member Anniversary Pins
• Pin report (and monthly membership reports) are posted on the NCMA Intranet in the membership section • Anniversary dates posted are for years ending in 3, 4, 8 and 9 • 50 year members have special invitations to World Congress and will receive their pins there • 40 and 45 year members will have their pins mailed to them after World Congress

A special message from Neal Couture
• On behalf of all Girl Scout cookie moms and dads…

Buy Girl Scout Cookies

• They want their garages back and not used as the cookie warehouse!

What’s On Your Mind?


Thank you for calling in today