MS Bike Ride Oct 5th

The ARMA NNJ and Metro NYC chapter formed a team of members for Bike MS because we want to experience a great ride and help the National MS Society fund research, advocate for change and help people with MS. This years team includes ARMA NNJ Board Member Lucy Rieger and Chapter Member Sofia Empel along with members from the ARMA Metro NY chapter. We believe in this cause. Can we count on your support? 

Bike MS is a physical challenge for cyclists of every level, but it’s so much more than just a ride. The camaraderie, passion, and memories that come from sharing this experience with our team will stay with us for a lifetime. Bike MS is a weekend-long and LIFE-long opportunity to make a difference in your own life, and in the world. It’s a group effort that transcends personal accomplishment and touches the lives of the thousands of people affected by MS in our community. Join us! It’s more than a ride—it’s Bike MS.

 Please consider joining the team or making a donation in support of the team and this worthy cause.


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ARMAzing People: Mary Hamm


Each issue this newsletter will highlight one of our amazing volunteers and their fantastic work for ARMA NNJ. This month we interviewed Mary Hamm, Chapter VP – Sponsor Relations. Mary is the National Records Manager for Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Mary is responsible for firm-wide records management and when not traveling, Mary’s base of operations is the firm’s Florham Park, NJ office. She is a dedicated volunteer and provides tremendous value to the ARMA NNJ Chapter. 

What is your role with the Chapter and what kind of activities are you involved in?

My current role with the ARMA NNJ Board is Vice President, Sponsor Relations Member and as such I am co-chairperson with the Vice President, Sponsor Relations Vendor of the Sponsor Relations Committee. The Committee is responsible promoting financial support of the Chapter through advertising, sponsorships and many other ways. Along with my co-chair, BJ, Johnson – VP Sponsor Relations Vendor we look for new and innovative ways to engage sponsors. In turn, we work hard to ensure that the Chapter meets its sponsorship obligations and provides our vendor members with value for their investment.

Tell me how you first got involved in with ARMA NNJ.

I have been a member of the ARMA NNJ Chapter throughout my career, but I became more actively involved in the Chapter through my contact with ARMA NNJ members who were mentors in the Chapter’s CRM Workshop activities as I was pursuing by CRM certification.

I’m sure your life is as busy as the next person.  So why volunteer?

Grateful for the help and support I received from Chapter members while pursuing my CRM certification I wanted to give something back.

What contribution or achievement are you most proud of?

I think the two things I am proudest of is having the opportunity to be a teaching presenter at the ARMA NNJ Chapter's 2014 CRM program only one year after receiving my certification and, hosting a Chapter meeting where Jason Baron, Counsel at Drinker Biddle & Reath's Information Governance and eDiscovery Group ("Tritura") presented on the topic of "What Does Information Governance Mean to an E-Discovery Lawyer?

What motivates you to stay involved?

The camaraderie and enthusiasm of the Board members and Chapter volunteers and the satisfaction of being able to be in the front lines of enhancing the profession and being able to give back and contribute to the professional development of others.

What has surprised you most about working with ARMA NNJ?

I am continually pleasantly surprised and energized by the enthusiasm and commitment of the Chapter members and volunteers.

If you could change any one thing about the ARMA NNJ Chapter, what would it be?

Nothing in particular, except to be able to continue and grow the Chapter's contributions.

What would the other Chapter members be surprised to know about you?

I have two wonderful grown twin daughters who are my pride and joy.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about (donating, volunteering, etc.)?

The camaraderie is fun and energizing and the feeling of being able to give back is extremely gratifying.

What do you do when you aren't (working, volunteering)?

I enjoy throwing myself into digging in my yard and swinging a hammer and working my tool box to transform projects around my house - it's satisfying and a great stress reliever.

Speaking for myself and the entire Board of Directors of the ARMA NNJ Chapter we’re thrilled to have Mary on board and want to say thank you for her dedication and the professionalism she brings to her role.

Jacki Cheslow, President

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