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PRESIDENT ELECT’S MESSAGE Deb Shofner, Kimball Middle School


Your IMEA Board of Directors– Working for Illinois Music Students and Teachers


I am writing at the end of the summer, but by the time you read this we will all be in the midst of the fi rst quarter of the 2011–2012 school year. I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on the work your IMEA Board of Directors has been focused on the past few months.


T e beginning of the summer was spent interviewing companies that had submitted proposals to develop the new IMEA website! T e IMEA Technology Committee and IMEA Executive Board was involved in the interview process. T e committees then made a recommendation to the IMEA Board of Directors, which was approved. I am hoping that by the time you read this article our new website is up and running. If it is not, it will be very soon! Please take the time to peruse the new website and leave feedback. If you have suggestions on something you would like to see on there, please let us know. T is is a work in progress and we will be adding more features over time!


T e IMEA Board of Directors met for our annual summer board meeting in July. T is is the second board meeting that we have gone paperless! Everyone uses a laptop to view all of the documents, presentations, and input our ideas. Topics that were discuss during our two day meeting were:


1. What can we do to communicate better with our membership, new/prospective members, parents, administrators, other state music associations, and politicians?


2. What can IMEA do to help with the new teacher evaluation system? We had an excellent presentation by Mary Weck on this new system.


3. Possible restructuring of our organizational leadership structure.


4. T e new IMEA website.


5. Reports from our IMEA President and Executive Director on their trip to Washington, D.C. for the MENC General Assembly.


6. Break-out session for the IMEA District Presidents to discuss the upcoming district festivals and RNS system.


7. Break-out session for the IMEA Division Vice-Presidents to discuss the upcoming 2012 Illinois Music Education Conference.


8. Advocacy (also discussed at the IMEA Spring Board meeting).


Upcoming meetings, at the time of this writing, will be an IMEA Executive Committee meeting in September; NAfME (formerly MENC) North-Central Meeting in Minneapolis for the IMEA President, President-Elect, Past-President and Executive Director


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in early October; IMEA District Festivals in November; IMEA All-State Selection Meeting in November.


Please take the time to attend the IMEA District Meeting at your festival in November. We need your input to make our organization work well for the students and teachers!


T e IMEA Board of Directors would like to hear from you. Please contact any of the board members if you have a question, comment or suggestion. We are listening!


2011–2012 IMEA Awards Program


I would like to encourage all of you to participate in the 2012 Awards Program. T e Illinois Music Educators Association is cur- rently seeking nominations for the following awards:


• Presidential Award • “Mary Hoff man” Award of Excellence • Distinguished Service Award • Outstanding Administrator Award • Honorary Life Membership Award • 25 Year Recognition Awards • Collegiate Chapter Recognition Award


Once all nominations and the necessary supporting material have been received the awards committee will make the fi nal awards decision. T e selected recipients will then be notifi ed, in writing, and invited to receive the Award during the General Session of our 2012 Illinois Music Educators Conference.


Awards descriptions and nomination/application forms are avail- able in the Illinois Music Educator Journal and as PDF fi les on the IMEA website. Please take a moment to review each Award carefully. If you would like to make a nomination, please follow the directions given, and mail your completed nomination form and ALL supporting materials to:


Deb Shofner, IMEA President Elect Kimball Middle School 451 N. McLean Blvd. Elgin, IL 60123


Fax: 847.608.2749 presidentelect@ilmea.org


DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS: T ird Friday in October Annually (October 21, 2011)


Only NAfME (formerly MENC)/IMEA members are eligible to submit nominations. Nominations received without the required supporting information may not be considered. Current IMEA/ NAfME members must submit nominations. T ese nominations will be considered for 2012 IMEA Illinois Music Education Conference presentation ONLY.


Illinois Music Educator | Volume 72 Number 1


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