The RIMS Enhancing Chapter Outcomes (ECHO) Awards program was created in 2017 as a way to help chapters with strategic planning throughout the year and work towards attainable goals. Chapters are encouraged to complete the ECHO planning template and submit their goals at the start of every year and then report on progress regularly as they plan chapter events and engage with members. At the end of the year, a chapter can submit their completed ECHO template outlining their goals, progress and lessons learned for ECHO Award consideration. The ECHO program is administered by the RIMS Member and Chapter Engagement Committee, which also serves as the judging panel for all ECHO Awards. After reviewing all submissions, the committee selects an overall Chapter of the Year along with other ECHO winners. This year's winners will be honored for their work during RIMS Live 2021 and each will receive a cash award as recognition of their accomplishments.
CHAPTER OF THE YEAR Orange County
In recognition of its exemplary work over the past year, the RIMS Orange County chapter was honored as the 2020 Chapter of the Year. Amid the pandemic, the chapter increased the efficiency of its operations and enhanced members' experiences by adopting new chapter management software and developing a new website, which led to an increase in meeting attendance, particularly among professional members.
By adopting a new approach to meeting management and chapter operations, and seamlessly transitioning to virtual meetings at the start of lockdown, the Orange County chapter was able to maintain engagement, especially...