Sunday, November 1, 2009

Top 10 BDPA Chapters (Membership, Nov 2009)

Has anyone noticed that BDPA membership numbers are dropping? We have less members than at any time since October 2007. There is a great deal of pressure on the incoming BDPA administration to raise morale and engage the membership in a way that allows BDPA to flourish again. We can ill-afford another two years as rough as we've experienced in 2008-2009.

The 45 BDPA chapters in BDPA-nation average 49 members (down one from last month).

There is plenty of good news in the membership numbers. First, someone needs to uncover the magic potion that is being used to grown membership in Raleigh, NC. BDPA Triangle chapter (president, Rick Leggett) has grown for the past nine (9) months in a row culminating with a new chapter membership record high (206) this month ... breaking their previous high of 195 (Oct 2009). I am going to see if Rick would be willing to share some of this thoughts on membership growth on our blog this month.

BDPA Cincinnati (president, Janice Lee) and BDPA Dallas (president, Kimberly Vaughn) each rose one spot in the rankings over the past month. BDPA Cincinnati chapter hasn't been ranked this high since April 2009. BDPA Dallas chapter hasn't been ranked this high since July 2009. BDPA Washington DC (president, Perry Carter) dropped down to 9th place, its lowest ranking since August 2007.

Finally, we celebrate the fact that BDPA Chicago (president, Rhonda Boyd) maintains its place as the largest chapter in the nation for the 31st month in a row!

The top ten chapters in terms of membership as of 11/1/2009 are:
  1. Chicago - (chapter president shown in photo)

  2. Triangle - (all-time chapter record high, 206 members)

  3. Philadelphia

  4. Atlanta

  5. Richmond

  6. Detroit

  7. Cincinnati - (jumped one place this month)

  8. Dallas - (jumped one place this month)

  9. Washington DC - (dropped two places this month)

  10. New Jersey

The first five (5) chapters on this list are in the BDPA Century Club with at least 100 members. BDPA Chicago chapter tops the list with 477 members!

BDPA Education & Technology Foundation provided over $175,000 in funding this year to support the programs and services carried out by these chapters at local level. Our hope is that you will consider making a donation to BETF this year. You can securely donate online or you can give BETF a call on (513) 284-4968 to discuss your pledge offline.

What are your thoughts on the benefits of membership in BDPA?

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