ISM SC 18 Email Communication

 

Nov 3, 2017

Good afternoon!

We’re excited to have you join us at the ISM Staff Conference Jan 2-6, 2018. Now that you have registered, we want to be sure you’re able to get to Phoenix! Some of you have already arranged your travel, but for those of you still waiting, please take a look below. Flights are increasing, so the sooner you can get them arranged the better it will be!

If you are driving:

There is valet or self-parking at the hotel. For those staying at the hotel, parking is included in your registration. Submit mileage for reimbursement to the ISM Staff Conference cost center. If you are driving in for the day, parking is $12/day.

If you are flying:

Make reservations to arrive at the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport by 7 PM on Jan 2 and to depart any time on Jan 6. The registration fee does not cover travel to and from the airport, airport parking, or meals while traveling. Flight costs can be expensed through Workday to the ISM Staff Conference cost center. Any expenses submitted after the 60 day deadline will not be reimbursed.

Tempe Mission Palms provides a shuttle that runs every half hour between the airport and hotel between 5:30 AM and 10:30 PM.

I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

 

Feb 27, 2017: Payment Options #2

Hi ISM staff, staff partners of ISM, and their supervisors,

I wrote in November about our National ISM Staff Conference in January 2018 in beautifulTempe Arizona from Jan 2-6, 2018. Today I am writing to invite you to attend and to your supervisor to include $980 on your staff budget for 2017-18, or, to defray this substantial cost with a $50 discount by transferring $465 this fiscal year (2016-17) and another $465 next fiscal year (2017-18), recognizing that the $465 wasn’t budgeted this year. We recognize that this is a significant investment but believe it to be crucial to equipping staff for their mission.

This triennial conference is critical to the community of IV staff working with internationals either primarily (ISM staff) or secondarily (staff partners of ISM). We will have exposition, training seminars and think tanks, community time, and lots of celebration and story telling. This time we are very keen also on inviting staff who aren’t “ISM staff” in some official sense, but those who are working with internationals in integrated, American and international, chapters. They are key to the future of international ministry.

I appreciate your partnership in this; please let me know if you have questions. We will work with staff who want to come but would need some subsidy to be able to do so. Please contact me if this is the case for you or a staff you supervise.

Nov 28, 2016: Payment option

Hi ISM staff, friends of ISM, and supervisors,

I am writing to staff and their supervisors about our National ISM Staff Conference in January 2018.  This conference happens once every three years, and occurs when there is no Urbana and no national staff conference.  This time it will be in Tempe, Arizona, at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center from Jan 2-6, 2018.  We meet to equip staff with vision, energy, learning, and lots of relational time to enjoy.  This time we are very keen also on inviting staff who aren’t “ISM staff” in some official sense, but those who are working with internationals in integrated, American and international, chapters.  

I am writing now because I’d both like to put it on your screen early, and to make an offer on how to charge staff accounts.  The total cost will be around $980 for the five day, 4 night event.  We are proposing a $50 early bird discount if you and your staff member will give us permission to transfer $465 this fiscal year, and another $465 next fiscal year.  That lessens the one year hit that the full fare would be.  We negotiated the cost down from the original $1200+, and recognize that flying people from all over the country to Arizona isn’t cheap.  But we fully believe that the conference is vital to our mission, and hope that 100+ staff will be able to attend.

At your next supervisory meeting, could you talk about whether you would like to do this, and let us know?  I am hoping to get a good sense of this by the middle of February 2017.    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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