To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:
The leadership of the ACC Indiana chapter was very honored and flattered to recently receive coveted recognition as an Outstanding Chapter from the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). As I am sure many of you know, ACC Indiana serves the professional needs and represents the interests of approximately 240 in-house counsel members (spanning more than 144 corporations) throughout the state of Indiana. During the contest year, the chapter embarked on many new initiatives, including broadening programming to span the entire state by hosting multiple events in both Fort Wayne and Evansville, and also planning events in Hammond and South Bend for later in the year. Despite the high concentration of membership in the Indianapolis and surrounding areas, the leadership remained committed to reaching out to all of its members.
In order to successfully execute on these initiatives, a formal sponsorship model was instituted and several of the state's top law firms took advantage of the opportunity to partner with us. Instead of just continuing with the trend of organizing quality educational CLE lunch seminars on a quarterly basis, the leadership of the ACC Indiana chapter decided to embark on many new and bold initiatives to benefit the membership. These initiatives included successfully staging 11 breakfast roundtables, organizing an annual golf outing, participating in a first-ever national community service day project in support of ACC's national community service month, staging a first-ever Suite-N-Learn event (a combination of CLE education with a sporting event from the confines of a suite at Conseco Fieldhouse), planning a full day CLE event, co-sponsoring a first-ever legislative conference, establishing a law school outreach program, and donating $1,650 to the Indiana Literacy Association. Without a doubt, however, the signature event for this chapter this past year was its first-ever gala dinner event at the Mansion at Oak Hill in Carmel, Indiana, which featured Joie Chitwood, President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and keynote speaker, Bob Eubanks, who hosted a variation of his infamous "Newlywed Game" pairing in-house counsel members with the chapter's sponsoring law firms. The event drew a large portion of the membership, and provided a lighthearted and unconventional twist to an otherwise formal program. As a result of these initiatives, the chapter increased membership by nearly 15 percent.
These efforts reflect a lot of hard work and dedication by each and every member of the chapter's officers and board members. We all shared a vision of what this chapter was capable of accomplishing, and we all worked really hard to accomplish those objectives.
The true measure of success is the knowledge that the chapter is now thriving as a result of our efforts, we are attracting many new members, and those existing members are becoming much more active with ACC at a local level. The fact that we received recognition, especially national accolades from ACC, was merely the icing on the cake.