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  • 1.  Chapter leadership changes

    Posted Nov 05, 2018 03:00 PM

    Fellow chapter members:


    It is with heavy heart that I am stepping down from my co-chair role with the Great Lakes chapter.  When I started the chapter at the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland 4 years ago, I intended on serving for 3 years.  Over 4 years later, the energy and comradery within the group has kept me actively engaged.  The memories are endless and we always struck a balance between learning and fun.  We had our traditional meeting spaces in a conference room setting and at the local Microsoft office, but we also met at and toured a cider mill, toboggan park, Progressive Field, Quicken Loans arena, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sandusky Yacht Club, Cleveland aquarium, and Castle Noel.  We gave back to the community in the form of toy donations during the Christmas season, the Lebron James foundation, and inviting IT students from a local technical school to join our session and learn about the business side of NAV and project management.  Our co-chair who joined the leadership team shortly after the chapter was formed, @Holly Kutil, orchestrated the first Regional chapter meeting within NAVUG earlier this and brought different chapters together under one roof over a 2-day event. 


    But where we met was just a small part of the big picture.  Our focus was on NAV, sharing experiences and learning as a group.  @Cynthia Priebe, from Liberty Grove, offered her time prior to meetings to teach classes on NAV administration, navigation, and other areas important to the group.  Her voluntary contributions add to the chemistry we have and are greatly appreciated.


    I can't thank the Dynamics Community enough, specifically @Mark Rhodes, @Laurie Kuehl, @Molly Fuchsel, and @Onika Allen for all their support over the years and helping to make this happen.  Our success is tied to them.  And a special thank you is given to all the members and presenters that have participated in the Great Lakes chapter and continue contributing.  Your participation benefits the community as whole, so to all that join and support the chapter groups around the world, just know you are all VIPs and deserve standing ovations. 


    As Holly Kutil noted in a prior post announcing her departure as well, I look forward to the next leadership team and the direction they will take the group. @Linda Hart remains on the team as well, which is a great benefit!  I still plan to attend meetings when I can – the Great Lakes Chapter will always have a special place in my heart and will always be considered family!


    Many thanks and here's to a bright future ahead – thank you Great Lakes!


    Anthony Darden
    Director of IT
    Protective Industries, Inc.
    Buffalo NY
    NAVUG All-Star
    NAVUG CIO Council

  • 2.  RE: Chapter leadership changes

    Posted Nov 05, 2018 03:14 PM

    It is hard to see you go.  You and Holly pushed this group beyond what we thought we could do.  We not only learned from one another but we had a great time doing so.  The memories that have been created within this group are amazing and with all great things they must come to an end.  We look forward to seeing you and Holly at meetings and I know that the new chairman will continue to lead us down a path to keep pushing each other and continuing to grow.

    Thank you both for the work that you have done in building this chapter.  :)  ​

    Marguerite Manelski
    Director of Business Intelligence
    American Ring
    Solon, OH
    **Great Lakes Chapter Member**

  • 3.  RE: Chapter leadership changes

    Posted Nov 05, 2018 06:10 PM
    @Anthony Darden​ thank you it is always nice to receive positive feedback. I enjoy sharing with such an enthusiastic group.

    But more importantly, I hope you know how much your hard work is appreciated. The foundation you and @Holly Kutil laid is a great base for the next team of leadership to build on. I too am looking forward to what the future brings!

    I look forward to seeing you at future meetings.

    Cynthia Priebe MCP, ACP
    Senior Analyst and Project Manager
    Liberty Grove Software

  • 4.  RE: Chapter leadership changes

    Posted Nov 06, 2018 05:04 PM

    I happened to see this in my email and felt compelled to respond. Thank you for driving this group from the ground up. It was my pleasure to work with you through the initial meeting at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and plenty more after that. You had the best attitude and worked so hard to pull the initial team together and then built it up so that it could stand on its own. Impressive! I hope to see you around at Summit and wish you nothing but the best.

    Thanks so much!

    Onika Allen
    Program Director
    Dynamic Communities
    Detroit Lakes MN

  • 5.  RE: Chapter leadership changes

    Posted Nov 21, 2018 04:06 PM
    Thank you, @Anthony Darden and @Holly Kutil for creating and growing the Great Lakes user group.  I have learned a lot from you in  the meetings, and outside the meetings and I'm thankful I showed up for that first meeting and many more after!  You've created a great foundation for the Great Lakes user group to continue the networking and learning.  As we all prepare to enjoy a Thanksgiving Holiday with our loved ones, it seems especially appropriate to tell you I am grateful for the work you have done over the last four years to create and lead this group.

    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

    kelli miller
    Crown Battery
    Fremont OH

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