Promoting awareness of records management issues and furthering educational opportunities in the area of records management.

The following are the annual awards sponsored by the Education and Records Management Promotion Fund of the Metropolitan Maryland Chapter of ARMA International. This year’s awards are funded from the proceeds of seminars in previous years. The Fund will continue to rely on the proceeds of successful seminars but may be supplemented by donations from individuals and/or corporate sponsors. If you are considering donating to the Fund, please note: the Fund is NOT registered with the IRS and donations are NOT tax deductible.

The awards to be given away this chapter year (running September to June) include:

• Loyal Member Award – Two (2) free passes to the chapter’s year-end banquet in June

• New Leader Award – One (1) registration fee plus expenses to attend the Mid-Atlantic Region Leadership Conference

• Professional Development Award – One (1) ARMA-sponsored online course registration fee

• CRM Exam Preparation Workshop – One (1) registration fee for ICRM workshop offered in the MD/VA/DC area

• Professional Membership Award – Two (2) annual ARMA International professional membership fees, including Metro Maryland chapter dues

• Four (4) $100 ARMA Bookstore shopping sprees.

The requirements for each of these awards are detailed below. Unless otherwise stated, applicants need not be present to get their awards; however, their presence is encouraged and desired.

Updated for 2015-2016! LOYAL MEMBER AWARD

Free registration to the Metropolitan Maryland Chapter year-end banquet in June will be awarded to two individuals who are members in good standing of ARMA International and of the Metropolitan Maryland Chapter of ARMA, and have attended the most chapter meetings between September – May. The cost for the banquet is generally $35 for members.

Eligible names will be compiled based on meeting registration lists. In the event that more than two names qualify, the winners will be selected by a random drawing from the pool of qualified members at the May meeting. Individuals do not have to be present to win.

This is not a cash award; funding will be handled by the Metropolitan Maryland Chapter Executive Board, and it must be used in the program year in which the award is made.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARD – application required*

Registration fee for an online educational program offered by ARMA International will be awarded to one individual who is a member in good standing of ARMA International and of the Metropolitan Maryland Chapter of ARMA. These courses include individual component modules from the Essentials of RIM Certificate, the Essentials of the Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles Certificate, and the Professional Leadership Certificate programs, as well as several stand-alone course offerings on topics such as Cloud Computing, Social Media, and ESI in Litigation.

To be considered for this award, member must complete the Education and Records Management Promotion Fund Application Form, indicating the name of the specific course to be taken, and submit in advance of registering. Applicant must certify that he/she will NOT be reimbursed by his/her employer. Value of these courses range in price from $59 – $299; the award will reimburse up to a maximum of $200. Fee will be reimbursed to participant upon completion of the course. Documentation certifying course completion must be provided to the Metropolitan Maryland Chapter Education Chair (see contact information below).

CRM EXAM PREP WORKSHOP AWARD – application required*

Registration fee to attend an ARMA-sponsored ICRM examination preparation workshop in the local DC/Baltimore metropolitan area will be awarded to one individual who is a member in good standing of ARMA International and of the Metropolitan Maryland Chapter of ARMA of the Metropolitan Maryland Chapter of ARMA.

To qualify, member must be considering or preparing to take the CRM exams, and must NOT be reimbursed by his/her employer. Applicants must complete the Education and Records Management Promotion Fund Application Form and submit in advance of the workshop. Fee will be reimbursed to participant upon completion of the course. Value of this award depends on who sponsors the workshop and where it is offered (travel will not be reimbursed).

ARMA PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP AWARDS – application required*

Two (2) annual membership fees at the Professional Membership level for ARMA International will be awarded, at least one of which will go to an ARMA Metropolitan Maryland Chapter member. However, both memberships can be awarded to non-Metro Maryland members if no qualified chapter members apply. For non-ARMA members, membership will begin in the month the award is received. ARMA members will have their membership renewed from their join date so as to receive one full year of membership. Value of this award covers $175 for ARMA International Professional Membership plus $30 for membership to the Metropolitan Maryland Chapter.

To qualify individuals must NOT have received the same award from the Metropolitan Maryland Chapter in the past year and must NOT have corporate sponsorship from his/her employing organization. Members of Education Committee are not eligible for this award. Members of the Metropolitan Maryland Chapter Executive Board are eligible only if they have not been involved in the award selection process. An affidavit signed by two board members should be attached to the application form to attest that the Board member who is applying for the award did not participate in the award selection process.

In the event that there is more than one qualified applicant in each category, the memberships will be awarded from the pool of qualified applicants.

Memberships will be awarded at the annual chapter banquet in June. Applications must be received by the first Monday in June.

If you are interested and feel that you qualify, please complete the Education and Records Management Promotion Fund Application Form. Applications must be received by the first Monday in June.

ARMA BOOKSTORE SHOPPING SPREES

Two $100 shopping sprees from the ARMA Bookstore catalog will be awarded by random drawing, to individuals in attendance at the April seminar sponsored by the Metropolitan Maryland Chapter of ARMA International. Individuals may qualify by dropping off their business card at registration. Attendees who do not have a business card will be provided a card to fill out. Individuals MUST be present to win. Members of the Metro Maryland Chapter Executive Board and the Education Committee are not eligible for this award.

Two $100 shopping sprees from the ARMA Bookstore catalog will be awarded by random drawing at the annual June banquet of the Metropolitan Maryland Chapter of ARMA. Individuals may qualify by dropping off their business card at any time before the announcement of the awards. Attendees who do not have a business card will be provided a card to fill out. Individuals MUST be present to win.

*To be considered for any of these Education Awards, complete the Education and Records Management Promotion Fund Application Form  and submit form and required documentation to Betsy Christie, Membership Chair, at elizchrist@aol.com.