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ACCE Remembers Marian Ivers, First Female ACCE Life Member

Published Thursday, January 17, 2013

Marian Ivers, who served the Greater Omaha (NE) Chamber for 27 years and was ACCE’s first female Honorary Life Member, passed away on January 8. She was 90. Ivers began her tenure at the chamber as its executive secretary in 1962 and retired in 1989 as executive vice president. She also served as the chamber’s membership director, director of administration and finance and assistant general manager.

According to David G. Brown, president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber, Ivers “was the innovator who began the all-volunteer sales effort in Omaha as well as our leadership program and many efforts that support women in business.”  Ivers was also the first woman to chair the National Alliance for Membership Development.

In Ivers’ obituary, her daughter, Laurie Piper, described how much her mother loved her native Omaha: “For her, there was nothing more important than making this city great.” Click here to read her obituary.

 

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Marian Ivers was a HERO to me! 41 years ago, when I left the US Army, and became the Membership Director of the Shreveport, LA Chamber, I called her for fund raising advice. She was President of NAMD at the time and head of membership at the Omaha Chamber. I was planning a blitz campaign and desperately needed advice! She must have spent an hour on the phone with me...coaching me on the dos and don'ts. Marian was such a generous blessing to me and modeled how generous Chamber Folks can be with each other, in passing around advice. Fund raising became my passion and a key to my success in this business, which I did for 40 years! Even though most of those years were spent as the CEO of Chambers, I always felt that I was still the Membership Director too! She was a wonderful person, a wonderful professional, and I will always be indebted to her for her assistance to me!
--Charles Van Rysselberge
Posted by Charles H. Van Rysselberge on January 30, 2013 at 5:25 pm
 

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