At the end of the year it is appropriate to look back. This year has been a productive one for the Midwest-Great Lakes SER Chapter. Several Board members served on the Local Organizing Committee for the SER’s Fifth World Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. The Chapter was designated as 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service, which has helped the Chapter financially. We will be offering our first competitive Student Research Award in 2014 (see grant information), and the Board has nearly finished a 5-Year Strategic Plan. Support and interest in the Chapter has increased and our membership grew this year from 148 members on 1 April 2013 to 232 on 23 October 2013.

The Board of Directors of the MWGL SER Chapter wish you happy holidays, and we look forward to seeing you at the 2014 Annual Meeting at the University of Minnesota (March 28 to March 30, 2014).

Roger C. Anderson
President, MWGL SER Chapter