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.

Awards & Nominating
Oversee and administer

  • Strietelmeier Award (annually)
  • The Ellery H. Harvey Service Award (annually)
  • Chair’s Achievement Award (every other year)
  • New Member Award (annually, 1-2 members)
  • Memorial Award (as required)

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.

Events & Venue
This committee is comprised of several other sub-committees all working together to plan and coordinate Section events whether in-person or virtual.

  • Cultivating Community & Learning: Identify topics and speakers for the traditional monthly Section dinner meetings. The Chair-Elect serves as the Chair of the Events Committee as well as this committee.
  • Membership Events: Provide members-only with social networking opportunities. These events can be planned with collaboration with New Professionals or separately. They are usually held in the evening and often sponsored by a company.
  • New Connections: Provide a sense of comfort and community to fellow food professionals through various social and networking events in the Chicagoland area. This allows for participants to expand their professional networks and form valuable connections with others while sharing in a fun experience together.
  • Professional Development: Organize three types of events throughout the year; Technical Events & Career Guidance Events.
  • Social Events: Focus of this committee is on networking and social events.
  • Tanner Lecture: Select qualified nominations for the annual Tanner Lectureship, and to select and promote the award recipient for the May meeting. The Events Committee is responsible for finding the Tanner Lecture speaker with the help of the Section Chairs.
  • Venue Committee: Identify and coordinate the venues needed for the various events.

Serve as advisors to the Executive Committee and the Section on 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.

Host Section
Provide locally based volunteer IFT Members from the Chicago Section IFT to assist the IFT in many of the activities at the IFT EXPO when it is held in Chicago.

Seek various relevant media outlets and actively promote Section activities to general membership and public with an integrated approach that connects the activities of the CSIFT committee’s activities. This approach will continue to build the CSIFT brand equity and the value of membership.

Demonstrate membership value to constituents and serve as the liaison to the membership body by retaining and engaging current members. In addition, the Membership Committee supports the CSIFT/CFSF Mentorship program. The Membership Committee may decide to run networking / social events. When such events are planned, they should be coordinated with the Events Committee.

Sergeant-at-Arms / Bylaws
Determine annually, or as needed, that the Section By-Laws are current and, as necessary, develop modifications to the By- Laws for approval by the Section Leadership and IFT.

Strategic Planning
Create and develop long-range concepts or programs for the improvement of the Section’s activities.

Suppliers’ Symposium & Expo
Coordinate all activities associated with the annual Chicago Section IFT Suppliers’ EXPO. The EXPO is held every November.

Section Sponsors

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