History and Awards
Our chapter was called the Iowa Industrial Training Association and was founded September, 1947 in Ames, Iowa. The chapter was affiliated with National ASTD on December 3, 1948. ASTD in the 40s and 50s stood for the "American Society for Training Directors".
In 1954 the chapter's name changed to Iowa Chapter ASTD. Dues were $2.
A Regional Conference was devoted to Manpower Planning and Management by Objectives. Membership shrank to 24 members. Dues were $10.
Membership was still low and permanent nametags were used. Tom Sally served 2 terms as president. Organizational Development was starting to take hold in company training.
Eastern Iowa began their own Hawkeye chapter. Training and Development was becoming a noteworthy and recognized profession. Adult learning was emphasized. Tom Peters, Ken Blanchard and Peter Drucker were keynoters. Darlene Bradner became the first woman president. Community Service was created. The chapter was recognized with National awards. 31 competencies for the training and development field were created from National ASTD. A Regional Conference was held at the Hotel Fort Des Moines.
National asked the Iowa chapter to pilot the Quality Improvement Process. The organizational wheel was developed. Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and the marketing committee were created. The ISU Student chapter had renewed interest. The first Trainers Institute graduated 17 new trainers. An Advanced Trainers Institute had 27 complete the 7-month series. Power lunches were held downtown. Accelerated Learning, CBT, Distance Learning and ADA were topics for programs. Power Training on the Road, Networking lunches, Bits and Bytes and Mentoring were added services to members. A Chapter Administrator was hired to provide support. Two Technology Conferences and a Regional Conference were held. Succession planning and board retreats were started. Member surveys were conducted. Career Day was created as a way for members to learn from each other. The name of the chapter became Central Iowa ASTD. A Website was being developed. Members used email as a way to communicate.
The year's theme was "Celebrating the Past with Visions of the Future". Every program and event mentioned the anniversary year. A logo was created. Past presidents were interviewed. A celebration on December 3, 1998 marks the 50th year. Nationally, only four chapter celebrated their 50th.
Twice ASTD Central Iowa received recognition as chapter of the month. We also celebrated our 60th year as a chapter in 2008. We also reformatted our web site in early 2009 and upgraded in late 2010, positioning us for future growth.
Celebrating our Success
Our chapter has been honored nationally multiple times. We have won numerous Share our Success (SOS) awards, along with being national chapter of the month. In addition to those awards, we have consistently met national Chapter Operating Requirements (CORE). Listed below are just a few of the many awards we've received.
National Chapter of the Month
Share our Success
Finance - 2006 & 2007
Administration - 2009 x 2, 2011, 2012
Professional Development - 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
CORE - 35% Joint Membership (local & national members)
For more information on the CORE programs, click here.