IFSEA's Standard Operating Procedures (sop)

Use this document to answer questions, promote IFSEA, host meetups and start a local branch!

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Table of Contents

1. IFSEA Contact Information
2. IFSEA Social Media Presence
3. About IFSEA
4. Membership Dues
5. What do IFSEA Members get out of being a professional member?
6. IFSEA Certifications
7. Members Only Facebook Community 
8. IFSEA Scholarships
9. Host a Meetup
10. How to Start a Branch 

1. IFSEA Contact Information 

Headquarters Mailing Address:

9510 SW 70th Loop

Ocala, FL 34481

Headquarters Phone Number: (855) 273-6379
Office Hours:

Monday to Friday 

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Central Time)

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Mountain Time)

8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Email Address:

hq@ifsea.org

Website:

www.ifsea.org

Tax ID:

90-0122984


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2. Social Media Presence - We encourage all members to follow us on on all our social media platforms!

Facebook Business Page:

http://www.facebook.com/IFSEA.HQ

Organization Information & Updates

IFSEA Famous Member Spotlight 

Links to Monthly Newsletter

Facebook Group Page:

www.facebook.com/groups/ifseamembers

Network with professionals in the industry

Ask questions and get advice from others

Join the Facebook Mentorship Program in the group 

LinkedIn Business Page:

www.linkedin.com/company/ifsea

Same as Facebook for individuals that prefer LinkedIn

Instagram: 

www.instagram.com/ifsea.1901

A beautiful showcase of the organization with photos

Organization Information

Another way to follow IFSEA!

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3. Abous Us

Established in 1901, the International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA) is the industry's oldest association for those furthering their hospitality careers. known for helping members and non-members earn food service certificates, scholarships, and more.

You can find our members in the following sectors of the Hospitality Industry:

Restaurants

Clubs

Catering Services

Bars

Nightclubs

Military Branches

Cruise Lines

Airlines

Corrections Facilities

Schools

Sports & Theme Parks

Distributors

Brokers

Food Equipment Manufacturers

Health Departments

…And More

IFSEA IS UNIQUE

IFSEA reaches beyond common culinary and restaurant professions, assisting professionals working behind the scenes and those seeking management roles as well. We hold annual conferences, culinary competitions, and award ceremonies to network and discuss current happenings, but mostly to have fun.

We also work on charitable programs such as certifications for homeless veterans. Our connections in the industry have helped countless individuals. 

IFSEA membership is perfect for executive chefs, restaurant owners, catering directors, food suppliers, professionals, or students new to the industry. Let us help you broaden your skills and foster relationships needed to reach executive levels within the food service and hospitality industry.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

IFSEA's professional development programs focus on boosting your professional credibility. For example, earning your food service executive certification will enhance your resume while showcasing your talents, knowledge, and experience in the field. Our certifications include both food service and process/application, with certification practice exams available as well.

Link to website page: http://www.ifsea.org/hospitality-careers.html

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4. Membership Dues

A General Member - $49.00 (USD)
Subscription period: 1 year, on: January 1st
No automatically recurring payments
Our standard level for food service professionals.

Other Memberships (Student, Over 65 Years, Active & Retired Military, Honorary Life, Outside US) - $25.00 (USD)
Subscription period: 1 year, on: January 1st
No automatically recurring payments
If applicable, members who are full or part-time Students, Over the age of 65, Active or Retired Military, Prior to 2017 IFSEA Honorary Life, and individuals living outside the US select the proper category.

Corporate - Business - $250.00 (USD)
Bundle (up to 10 members)
Subscription period: 1 year, on: January 1st
No automatically recurring payments
The Corporate Business membership is for businesses joining IFSEA on the corporate level for their employees. The Corporate Business Membership comes with 10 individual memberships. Each additional individual member is $25.

Corporate - Student/Military Branch - $280.00 (USD)
Subscription period: 1 year, on: January 1st
No automatically recurring payments
The IFSEA Corporate Student Branch membership is for universities or schools with an IFSEA Student Branch. This membership includes 15 individual student memberships. Each additional individual student membership is $15.

Additional Corporate, Student, or Military members to Corporate Groups - $25.00 (USD)
Subscription period: 1 year, on: January 1st
No automatically recurring payments
This is only for an Individual, Student or Military Person being added to an existing Corporate Membership. Once submitted this must be approved by IFSEA Headquarters

Special Membership - Administrative Approval Required - Free
Subscription period: 1 year, on: January 1st
No automatically recurring payments
This is only for individuals that a corporation pays for under their corporate membership. Corporate Management advises IFSEA who is qualified.

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5. Member Benefits

What do IFSEA Members get out of being a professional member?

·      Scholarships (High School and College Students)
·      Networking through multiple avenues
·      Mentorship with Professional Industries
·      Member’s employers or business content will be shared on our IFSEA social media accounts
·      Information on Job Openings & Posting
·      Internship Opportunities
·      Member’s employers or business information will be listed on our website resources page
·      Invites to IFSEA Meetups all over the country
·      Education Seminars and Training Sessions via Zoom and at IFSEA Meetups
·      Opportunities to attend and participate in Culinary Competitions
·      Update on Industry Trends and News on our Facebook Page and in our Newsletter

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6. Certifications

We have partnered with the Foodservice Institute to offer you these career enhancing certifications! All certifications are owned by the Global Foodservice Institute. You MUST have a proctor present to take the test. Click here for proctor sign up.
MASTER CERTIFIED FOOD EXECUTIVE
Our most prestigious level certification for Executive Chefs and top Food Service Executives looking to expand their knowledge beyond just food preparation, presentation and safety.  Subject matter includes Food Service Management, Food Safety, HACCP, Customer Service, Purchasing, Storage and more including industry-related mathematical formulas. IFSEA is responsible for preparing, administering and scoring the academic tests. 
CERTIFIED FOOD EXECUTIVE 
Our top-level certification built for food service directors, store managers and restaurant operators. Subject matter includes Food Service Manager, Food Safety, HACCP, Customer Service, Purchasing, Storage and more including industry-related mathematical formulas. IFSEA is responsible for preparing, administering and scoring the academic tests.
CERTIFIED FOOD MANAGER
Created for nursing home food service operations and other skilled care facilities. In nursing homes, the Food Director is required to be a Registered Dietitian (RD), Certified Manager (CM) or Certified Food Manager (CFM). Our certification is the least expensive of the three. IFSEA is responsible for preparing, administering and scoring academic tests. 
CERTIFIED FOOD ASSOCIATE
Aimed for high school students or recent graduates. Questions cover food safety, management, customer service, nutrition and culinary terminology to get students ready for real life experience in a food service establishment. The certification looks incredible on a resume and guarantees applicants stand out from the rest when applying for jobs.

7. Facebook Community 

This is a PUBLIC Facebook Group created to help IFSEA members connect with MORE
 people in the industry whether they are members or not. We have units to help you reap all your member benefits and a place to sign up to be a mentor or a recieve a mentor!

Join our group NOW: www.facebook.com/groups/ifseamembers

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8. Scholarships

Are you a college or high school student?

Do you plan to pursue a career in the Hospitality Industry?

APPLY FOR AN IFSEA SCHOLARSHIP! 

Through our partnership, with the Worthy Goal Scholarship and Kae DeBrent Hodges Fund, IFSEA offers scholarships to high school graduates, undergraduate students, and vocational school students.

We have several scholarships to offer to students:

1.     Worthy Goal Scholarship - Awarded in the amounts of $500 to $2500 to a student enrolled or accepted as a full-time student at a two- or four- year college or university.

2.     Named Scholarships - We have currently eight (8) scholarships named after those who provided the funds or another entity funded in an individuals honor: Aloha Hawaii Branch ($2000), Faulstitch Family ($2000), South Carolina Palmetto Branch ($2000), Detroit Branch ($1000), Dunsmoor Family ($1000), Guam Branch ($1000), Lowe Family ($1000) & Reno-Tahoe Branch ($1000)

3.     Kae DeBrent Hodges Fund - Established from the late Kae DeBrent Hodges, often considered the matriarch of IFSEA, to provide support for students.  Kae was a very active member of IFSEA and supported the organization in many ways.  She left her estate to be administered by two trustees to find ways to support and encourage students. To that end, the trustees annually find ways to provide financial support to students whether civilian or military to help enhance their Hospitality Industry knowledge.
Link to website page: https://www.ifsea.org/college-scholarships.html

Apply Now: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc2WG2qkQqZ-4-9gvTWRPXkZAxaa7IyGODA6MCnixb0vBU2xg/viewform

Donate Now: https://ifseamembers.wildapricot.org/Donate

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9. Host a Meetup 

With meetups there are no agendas, no speeches, no bylaws - it’s a gathering for like-minded people to network and talk!

 Here are some suggestions by Mr. Ed Manley (Chair-Elect Emeritius) of how to get a meetup started:

1.     Approach a restaurant or bar, find out if any would be willing to give your group a discount if they bring 10 or more people to their establishment for a meetup.

2.     No host payment - everyone pays for their own food and drinks

3.     Tell everyone it’s open invitation, friends can invite friends.

4.     At the meeting you can bring up IFSEA is different ways:

a.     Have signage and a table that has information about IFSEA
b.     Stop at some point in the night and welcome everyone, talk about the history of IFSEA and how to join
c.     Collect emails and send them information about IFSEA
d.     Talk about it leisurely with the guests

5.     Ask if others are willing to host a meetup as well or see if everyone is happy meeting in the same place

6.     If you get 15 people signed up - you have a branch

Meetups are FUN! We suggest you make them for everyone and not just members only. Once they network with locals at the meetups and become a member, they will begin to network with others in the organization via Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Meetups thrown by other IFSEA members throughout the country and by Zoom calls.

Through meetups you can develop projects to help your community and the hospitality industry. Such as:

  1. Assisting homeless veterans
    2. Teach and certify
    3. Support the local food bank
    4. Adopt a student branch at a local school

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10. How to Start a Branch 

We strongly encourage that you begin with hosting meetups, this will show potential members what IFSEA is and help them see what IFSEA can do for them.

Even as a branch we don’t require you to have bylaws and boards but if that is what you want, then we will gladly support your efforts and help you achieve success.

The only requirement - you must have 15 signed up as members to be considered an IFSEA Branch.

Once you have 15 people signed up Headquarters will ensure you are listed on the membership portal for others to join as well.

We have paper applications for anyone who doesn’t have access to a computer, tablet or mobile phone.

When you have branch you can host meetups via zoom or in person. IFSEA can and will assist with marketing these meetups for you on our social media platforms.

Through branches you can develop projects to help your community and the hospitality industry. Such as:

1.     Assisting homeless veterans
2.     Teach and certify
3.     Support the local food bank
4.     Adopt a student branch at a local school

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