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The Upstate New York Chapter of ARMA was formed 50 years ago, and origionally called the Centeral New York Chapter. In September 1968 Norman R. Mango of the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation sent a letter to William Olmsted of Norwich Pharmaceutical Company asking him to join in an effort to form a chapter in the Central New York region. The chapter, established through a charter, was then formed in 1969. Its territory covers NYS from the Canadian border in the north to the Pennsylvania border in the south. Seneca Lake was the westerly border stretching to Albany in the east.

Originally CNY ARMA meetings began as evening meetings with a meal and speaker. Today, UNY ARMA luncheon meetings are held with opportunities for networking followed by individual speakers, panel discussions, or workshops, with topics discussed ranging from basic records retention to electronic records management and e-business. Presentations have been provided by chapter members, local speakers, and nationally known speakers such as John Montana and Terry Goode, White House Records Manager. Often a field trip is planned to provide tours of such sites as Corning, Inc. and Corning Glass Museum; the NYS Archives and Cornell. At the close of each year a casual meeting is planned with a presentation on personal or professional development.

Chapter Milestones & Accomplishments:

  • 2019 - CNY ARMA changes it's name to Upstate New York ARMA
  • 2009 - CNY ARMA welcomes members from the former Capital Region - Tech Valley Chapter.
  • 2004 - CNY ARMA received the Chapter Newsletter of the Year Award for Small-Sized Chapters.
  • 2002 - The chapter once again receives the Chapter Newsletter of the Year Award for Medium-Sized Chapters.
  • 1998 - Over the years, the chapter has been especially proud of its chapter newsletter. The chapter's efforts were recognized by ARMA International in awarding its 1998 Chapter Newsletter of the Year Award for Medium-Sized Chapter to CNY ARMA.
  • 1998 - CNY ARMA receives Member Retention Award.
  • 1997 - Chapter celebrates NRIMW by awarding Herkimer Area Resource Center $500 to assist in purchasing records database software.
  • 1996 - Chapter celebrates NRIMW by awarding the Red Cross a monetary award.
  • 1995 - Chapter celebrates NRIMW by awarding Child & Family Services both a monetary award as well as volunteers to assist in file organization.
  • 1992/3 - CNY ARMA points out lack of diversity with ARMA International marketing materials resulting in positive changes in International's future advertising materials.
  • 1991 - CNY ARMA receives Chapter Growth of the Year Award.

Additionally, we are pleased to have had CRMs as long-standing members and two organizations that have been awarded Olsten Awards for Excellence in Records Management, Savings Bank of Utica and Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation.