President's Message

February 2016 - Volume I


“I can’t believe we’re halfway through the year already,” I remarked to a LAPICS member the other day.   The member politely reminded me that the current month was January, and that a new year, with all its activities and resolutions, had just kicked off.  I was instead referring to the APICS Los Angeles Chapter Board term year, which runs July to June each year, and much of those “new year” activities were completed months ago. 

Although the Chapter established its goals and objectives (or “new year’s resolutions”) in July, on an individual basis I still feel the need to set personal and professional goals on a calendar year basis, usually by January 31st.   

Most of my new year’s resolutions include actions like fostering a better relationship with family members (calling my mom every week!), enhancing a skill (get my CS&OP certification), or finally using that gym membership that I’ve been paying for every month for the last year.  “Giving back to others” always makes my annual list and is usually accomplished through volunteer time, whether it's through my church, animal organizations, or professional organizations such as APICS. 
Have you set your new year’s goals yet?  Even if you have, I encourage you to also consider APICS involvement as you review resolutions or set professional goals.   Listed below are ten goals you may want to consider for this year’s resolutions:  (click on the # to access information to start this goal) Begin your CPIM or CSCP certification by attending a certification review course.  Or, if you already have achieved certification, start your CPIM/CSCP maintenance by attending certification review course.
Renew your APICS membership.
 On time.
 Programs Attend at least 5 Professional Development Meetings in 2016.  Start with our February 12th PDM where we take a look at supply chain management in a not-so-niche small business environment. .  
 Workshops Attend an upcoming Supply Chain Management workshop or simulation experience.  We’ll be posting our Q2 schedule on our website soon including Certified Sales & Operations Planning or S&OP simulation with The Fresh Connection.. Take advantage of at least three APICS member benefits, such as download the free APICS Operations Management Body of Knowledge (OMBOK), attend an APICS webinar, or join the APICS Supply Chain Channel.
 Events Be a guest speaker for a Professional Development Meeting for APICS Los Angeles Chapter or an affiliate organization such as ISM-LA.  Or, volunteer your organization for a plant tour. Mentor a young supply chain professional.  Start by attending an APICS Student Case Competition (February 19-20-2016 in Burbank, CA).  This is a free event and open to APICS Members and non-members.
 Volunteer Become a LAPICS Board Member or Company coordinator and share APICS Los Angeles Chapter news throughout the year.
 APICS Los Angeles Chapter
Write an article about your APICS experience
for our chapter eblasts or website.
Attend APICS 2016 International Conference in Washington DC.

Whatever your goals current are or may be, have fun achieving them this year.  I hope to see you in action as you include APICS Los Angeles Chapter in your plans!

Till next time!
Joyce Lewis, MAEd, CPIM, CSCP, C.P.M.
2013-2016 President
APICS Los Angeles Chapter

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