Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Message from Philadelphia Chapter President

BDPA Philadelphia is the 3rd largest chapter in the nation. BDPA Philadelphia's excellence in community service, financial management and professional development can be seen in the gleam from the back-to-back-to-back 'Chapter of the Year' awards earned in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

The woman in charge of this powerful chapter is Monique Berry. Here is the message she shared with chapter stakeholders this month:

Heading into the Holiday Season provides us an opportunity to reflect on the positive things we have experienced during the past year and prepare for the New Year with even bigger goals and aspirations. It is time to feel grateful for our health and family and to be thankful for the many things we take for granted. The Holidays also give us a chance to recharge and assess the true meaning and purpose of our lives.

I am very proud of the BDPA Philadelphia Chapter and our members. I am thankful for the achievements of our Executive Board and dedicated members who worked hard to serve our chapter.

BDPA Philadelphia continues to close the Digital Divide by helping the community maintain an awareness of the value of computer technology. We also continued our Student Information Technology Education and Scholarship (SITES) program success by giving area students over $6,000 in scholarships.

I would like to continue giving scholarships to deserving students in the future and need your support to make my hope a reality. Please purchase a ticket or an ad for the Scholarship Gala this Saturday. If you can't attend you can still make a donation in a denomination of your choice.

As you look back on 2009, you can take pride in your financial contribution to our students, and what you have accomplished personally and professionally.

As you set your New Year's resolutions, consider putting your involvement in BDPA high on that list. The benefits you will reap include professional development, networking and social opportunities, and simply making our profession better, which in my mind is priceless!

On behalf of the Philadelphia's Executive Board, corporate partners (CIGNA, Merck, Deloitte, Johnson & Johnson) and all of our volunteers, I wish you and yours a joyous and a very safe holiday season.

Monique Berry, President
BDPA Philadelphia Chapter

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