Get Involved - Join a Committee!

There are many opportunities to volunteer your time and share your knowledge with other members and friends of the Section. A brief description of our committees is included below. Are any of these committees of interest to those who work for your organization?

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To at least annually review the financial records of the Section.
The purpose of the Employment Committee is to promote the posting of jobs on the CSIFT website and in the Career Center in LinkedIn and to assist those searching for jobs and companies looking to fill jobs.
To serve as advisors to the Executive Committee and the Section as to all Section financial matters, to assist the Treasurer and Section Chair in preparation of the Annual Budget, and to recommend to the Executive Committee when and how to invest all non-operating funds.
Golf Outing:
To plan and execute the golf outing that provides both an opportunity for networking and fundraising for the Section scholarship program.
To compile and maintain significant documents, artifacts, photographs and people information related to the Section. Identify and assemble an organized body of material reflecting the essence of the Section and its activity record.
To serve as a welcoming service to new Section members and guests at any Section meeting or activity.
To provide the service to the Section membership to source, contract, and pay for a monthly meeting place, including dinners.
Long Range Planning:
Create and develop long-range concepts or programs for the improvement of the Section’s activities.
To actively market and promote Chicago Section IFT’s mission as well as meetings, events, and activities through various media outlets. This committee works closely with all other committees as the public marketing relations committee.
Subcommittees include: C-FAR, Newsletter, Social Media, Sponsorship, and Website
To serve as the liaison to the membership, by recruiting new members and maintaining relationships with new and existing members.
New Professionals:
To provide venues and forums for new food industry professionals to meet and network with their peers to advance their personal and professional goals while increasing active involvement in the Chicago Section IFT.
Professional Development:
To offer a wide variety of activities and services to section members to enhance their professional development throughout different career stages.
Subcommittees include: Career Guidance/Continuing Education and Technical Sessions.
To identify topics and speakers for Section monthly meetings. Handle arrangements and hosting of speakers and coordinate speaker arrangements with House Committee.
To coordinate all activities related to the soliciting of applications for and the awarding of Section Scholarships to be distributed annually.
To annually, or as needed, determine that the Section By-Laws are current and, as necessary, develop modifications to the By-Laws for approval by the Section Membership.
Suppliers’ Night:
To coordinate all activities associated with the annual Chicago Section IFT Suppliers’ Night EXPO. The EXPO is held every November.
Subcommittees include: Hospitality / Housing, Innovation NOW! Forum, and Volunteers
Tanner Lectureship:
To select qualified nominations for the annual Tanner Lectureship, and to select and promote the award recipient for the May meeting.

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