Volunteer Opportunity: Seeking a Treasurer for the ARMA Puget Sound Chapter

Volunteering is a great way to gain leadership experience and boost your resume. The ARMA Puget Sound Chapter is looking for a chapter member to take on the duties of Treasurer for the remainder of our chapter year (term ends June 20, 2019).

Some of the specific duties are:

  • Balance accounts (in Quicken) and record all transactions in the budget;
  • Review and produce monthly statements ;
  • Pay all bills and reimburse members;
  • Transfer PayPal funds to bank account (monthly);
  • Prepare end of chapter year budget documents and next year’s budget;
  • Participate in Chapter Board meetings (monthly, prior to regular chapter meetings).

Current treasurer activities are up to date; past volunteers can help answer questions as you learn the ropes!

Please contact Chapter President Eileen Harke if interested in this position.

Fall in love … with Data Mapping! February 13, 2018 Chapter Program (Tacoma)

Data Mapping: Understanding your Information Ecosystem
February 13, 2018
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
Tacoma, Washington
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Use data mapping to become an Information Superhero!

Data mapping has been considered an IT domain for many years.  While the name suggest data, it is really about mapping, qualifying, and quantifying information inputs and outputs to an organization. For RIM professionals, data mapping is a powerful tool to understand the creation point of a record.

The information gathered allows for the application of retention, disposition, and information handling functions to be applied to business functions. This allows for the development of the tools needed for system integration or automation of recordkeeping standards. When done the right way, RIM professional unlock their importance in managing an organization information assets and become Information Superheroes!

Important concepts: assessment/inventory, metadata, taxonomy, defensible disposition, records creation, and discovery.

Presenter: Bruce Wirth, CRM, Washington State Department of Health.

Bruce is a retired U.S. Army veteran who served at every level of the Department of the Army, starting his career as a Records Specialist in the early 1990s. In 2013, he was appointed Records Manager of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for three years where he completed the Certified Federal Records Manager Course. He recently completed his CRM and plans to test for the CIP soon. Bruce currently works for the Washington State Department of Health as their Records officer.

Bruce has experience in ECM design and maintenance, taxonomy and metadata development, and system analysis. He is strongly motivated to assist other records professional in modernizing records and information management to meet the future demands place on our profession.

Looking forward to 2019 … January registration now open!

calendar imageOur December program and annual auction were a great success! Thank you to all those who donated auction items, our Board members who made it come together, and everyone who joined us for Jeopardy and bid on items.

A special thank you goes to Leslie from Freedoc (our speaker), and Andrew from the ARMA Great Northwest Region (our auctioneer), for supporting the Chapter and this event.

Time flies, however, and January is fast-approaching. We’re looking forward to the next program on January 9th in Tacoma. Registration is now open!


Topic: If a disaster hits, are you ready? Do you know what you will be taking with you or what you will want to protect? Once a disaster has past, are you aware that more often than naught, not all is lost?  Come and find out how to prepare and how to recover from disaster, with Tracy Rebstock from the Washington State Archives. View program details and register online here:  http://pugetsoundarma.org/events/20190109/

UPDATED – Auction items are rolling in for our Dec. 12 event!

Below is a partial list of donations received so far for the silent and live auction. Have an item to donate? Let us know – email us!

The auction takes place at our December 12 program (register here). Funds raised during this festive event support Chapter scholarships and programs.

NEW additions!

  • Olympia Family Theater – https://olyft.org/
  • Harlequin Productions – https://harlequinproductions.org/
  • The Grand Cinema – http://www.grandcinema.com/
  • LeMay Car Museum – https://www.americascarmuseum.org
  • Seafair Weekend tickets
  • Eagle Automotive and Tire
  • Party Light Gift Basket
  • Doggy Gift Basket
  • Wall décor and holiday decorations (various)
  • Artist Gift Basket
  • Wine Gift Baskets, including Waterbrook and Chateau St. Michelle
  • Seattle Theatre Group tickets
  • Museum of Glass tickets
  • Taste of Alaska gift basket

Contact us by email if you plan to provide an auction item.  Homemade crafts, event tickets, and food and drink gift baskets are always popular with bidders!

ARMA HQ News: Changes on the horizon – Oct. 9 webinar

ARMA International invites members on Tuesday, October 9 at 10am PST (Noon Central time) to hear about the organization’s upcoming changes.

To register for the webinar, click here.

More info: ARMA has big news about the future! The organization’s leaders will announce changes during this exciting, action-packed webinar.

Watch live on Oct. 9 or available on demand after the event through November 9, 2018.

Link: www.arma.org/store/ViewProduct.aspx?id=12287508

Coming up next… a spooky text message program (October), giving thanks about ECM (November), holiday fun (December), and recovering from a records hangover (January)!

Details are still coming in, but we are excited for the  next several months’ programs. A huge thanks to our volunteer board members for making these programs happen!

  • spookyOctober 10, 2018 – Tacoma
    Text Message Management 
    Speaker: Matt Dreese, Smarsh


  • cornucopiaNovember  14, 2018 – Olympia
    ECM Implementation 
    Speaker:  Cynthia Jones, WA State DFI


  • jeopardyDecember 12, 2018 – Tacoma
    This… is… CRM-Prep Jeopardy!
    Holiday Program & Auction


  • after new yearsJanuary 9, 2018 – Tacoma
    Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Speaker: Tracy Rebstock, Washington State Archives

President’s Message – September 2018

Welcome fellow RIM Gurus to a new Puget Sound Chapter year. I am looking forward to an exciting RIMtastic program year!

Our first chapter meeting will kick off with the topic of being connected and broadening our networking with fellow chapter members. Networking and having personal contacts with others in our industry is an invaluable benefit to our members. Making connections with fellow members helps us to know who to call when facing challenging situations concerning RIM topics.

I recall not too long ago, my supervisor left my section for another position. The records section was placed in a different group and my new supervisor said to me, “I don’t really know what you do.” Or how about when new employees are brought to your section and all the seasoned employee can say is, “…and this is the records section… yep… the records section. They do records.”

Ouch! Are you ready for your 1-3-minute elevator speech to explain what you do and your importance at your agency? Join us on September 12 to share your best ‘elevator speech’ or develop your own ‘elevator speech’ about what you do and how important you are to the agency. Even if you have one, you are sure to improve it at this fun and interactive workshop!

Thank you to all who participated in our interest survey, it provides valuable feedback to the board and helps us with planning decisions. If you didn’t take the survey yet, please do!

We are going to try a few different approaches to our programming topics; I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our monthly meetings.

In case you missed our last meeting, the new 2018-2019 board is:

  • Giselle Kamieniecki, President
  • Karen Hague, Vice President
  • Catherine Wilson, Chairman of the Board
  • Sadie Schaneman, Treasurer
  • Carissa Bourdon, Program Director
  • Gayle Waxon, Secretary
  • Missy Norton, Director
  • Joey Grant, Director
  • Eileen Harke, Director
  • Susan Haigh, Director

We are looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing our experiences with you. We would love for you to share your ideas for chapter meetings and your experiences tackling special RIM projects because we learn the best from experience and sharing those experiences with others.

Giselle Kamieniecki 
President, ARMA Puget Sound Chapter





Back to school… want to continue your education? Get that next degree? Become a CRM?

Summer is winding down… are you thinking about ‘back to school’?

If you’re interested in expanding your knowledge, boosting your resume, or just get back into the classroom, take a look at some degree programs, certifications, and educational resources below. (I’m sure there’s more out there… feel free to add more in the comments!)

Your local ARMA Chapter and the Great Northwest Region provide great trainings year-long. ARMA International Conference is packed with educational programs, too. And remember, groups like ARMA AIEF offer scholarships Continue reading Back to school… want to continue your education? Get that next degree? Become a CRM?

Who are you? Time to update your ARMA.org profile

A heads up Puget Sound Chapter members: It is very important to check your ARMA.org online profile to make sure everything is up to date! Please take a few minutes this week to create an account at arma.org (if you don’t already have one) and view/update your profile.

Log in at ARMA.org and verify your profile data today. 

Did you know…  Continue reading Who are you? Time to update your ARMA.org profile