ICISF Events & Partner Events
Changes at ICISF
Rick Barton, CEO of ICISF, Inc, has asked to share the following message with all ICISF members and friends:
I want to make you aware of a change in the organization that shall occur effective January 1, 2014. Effective that day, Don Howell will move from the position of Executive Director to serve as a part time contractor providing project management services. Don will help me ensure that we identify and manage the daily and long term activities that are vital to the best operation of the ICISF. Eventually his role will become more of a project management function, helping us facilitate new and existing contacts and many other tasks.
During their November meeting, the Board of Directors asked me to stay on board as CEO and help lead the ICISF into the future. I proudly accepted their offer, and look forward to working closely with each of you. I understand that there have been significant staffing changes since August, and a considerable loss of experience. That illustrates the importance of Don's role in 2014. There are great benefits in change, especially if they are carried out with the wisdom of historical perspective. Great challenges lie ahead. Your continued dedication, determination, and good service makes all the difference.
Please join me in congratulating Don as he moves into a new role, and show our appreciation for his tireless devotion to the mission of the ICISF and CISM. We can only imagine how many lives he has touched, directly and indirectly, by making a positive difference in the way critical incident stress is viewed and managed. I want to personally thank Don for his support and assistance to me during the past three months as I became oriented to the organization and the opportunities that offer value.
Don has included a personal message below to each of you expressing his thoughts during this time of change.
FROM DON HOWELL:
I have been honored to be part of the CISM movement from its inception in the early 80’s, through the formation of ACISF/ICISF in the early 90’s, and as an employee of ICISF since March, 1997.
I had the distinct privilege of meeting many extraordinary individuals, who in many instances placed there on life on the line or made someone’s crisis their own mission to assist. I’ve had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and several other countries on behalf of ICISF.
I feel that the ICISF family, which includes each and every one of you, continues to make a difference in the lives of so many individuals every day, and for that alone I’m proud to be associated with you.
However, there comes a time when one recognizes that the energy level may not be the same as it once was and fresh ideas may not come to mind as easily as they once did. I view much of life, and especially my time with ICISF, as a relay race. I feel that during my own segment of the race, I gave it my best and am satisfied with what I accomplished. But the time has come to pass the ‘baton’ onto the next runner, as cleanly as possible, and know that they to shall have the energy to take on the next leg in yet a new and exciting direction.
As Rick Barton, CEO, has identified, I shall function for a period of time in a different capacity, a coach if you will, to give the ‘players’ suggestions and to also impart some wisdom from time to time.
I ask only that whatever your mission and involvement with CISM and ICISF is, “Remember it is not about what benefits you, but what benefits the individual at the very end of the line, in their time of need.”
And you know, it just doesn’t get much better than that.
Don - 12/2/13
For the holidays, give ICISF a smile!
With the Winter holidays almost upon us, you're probably doing a good deal of holiday shopping. Did you know that, as you shop, you can also support ICISF? We've signed up as a beneficiary with Amazon's new program for charitable giving, Amazon Smile. It's easy to support ICISF through this program. Just visit smile.amazon.com, and enter "ICISF" in the box labeled "pick your own charitable organization." Click SELECT next to our name, and you'll be rerouted to the Amazon web page, where 0.5% of all your eligible purchases will be donated to ICISF. Just remember, when you go to shop online, to go to smile.amazon.com. It's that simple!
LifeNet Volume 24 Issue 3 Available!
The Third issue of the 2013 series of LifeNet, the ICISF newsletter, is now available to members here on the ICISF website.
LifeNet is an exclusive benefit to members of ICISF. To access this latest issue, you will need the login provided to members by ICISF in the recent LifeNet publication announcement email. Once logged in, members will see the LifeNet button appear on the menu to the right.
Message from the Chair of the Board of Directors
On behalf of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation’s Board of Directors, I would like to announce reorganization to ICISF’s structure.
On August 26, 2013, Rick Barton will join the ICISF as interim Chief Executive Officer overseeing all aspects of our organization. Rick has a strong track record of executive leadership in the not-for-profit world. His charge from the Board of Directors is to lead the organization in achieving the goals of the Strategic Plan. The Board of Directors have not placed any expectation that Rick will function in a fund raising capacity but we are confident his direction will assist us in continuing to achieve financial stability and growth.
Shining Star Program
ICISF is proud to announce a new recognition program entitled "Shining Star" in CISM. Current CISM Teams or Liaisons may nominate a local person who has shown outstanding leadership/innovation (5 years plus) for their efforts in promoting CISM. Nominations will be evaluated by a committee comprised of Pete Volkmann from New York, Sandy Scerra from Massachusetts, Dennis Potter from Michigan and Mary Schoenfeldt from Washington State. This committee is independent of the ICISF office.
Announcements will be provided by ICISF on their webpage and in LifeNet Newsletter. This program will recognize the grass roots efforts and successes of CISM worldwide. The recipient being honored will receive a special pin and a Proclamation from ICISF. Please nominate those rising stars in CISM. We need to know.