|Gerry McClamy, Norman Mays, Vivian Wilson|
Their decision to create a chapter was a good one as evidenced by the fact that BDPA Cleveland was named 'Chapter of the Year' in 1986 and 1987. BDPA Cleveland always believed in the concept of 'One BDPA'. One of my earliest memories of the cooperation and support by BDPA Cleveland was at a regional conference that they hosted in 1989. I remember traveling there with others from BDPA Detroit chapter. We learned a great deal about how to successfully build a local chapter ... lessons that we put into practice immediately on our return to Detroit.
Vivian Wilson. I served as National Vice President during Vivian's term as national president. Did you know that Vivian is the only person in the 35+ years of BDPA history to be elected National President without ever serving as a local chapter president? She was the BDPA Cleveland chapter vice president when she was elected to serve as our national president in the early 1990s. Vivian earned a number of national awards over the years: Member of the Year (1986), President's Award (1988) and the BDPA Excellence in Leadership Award (1992),
Other award winners from BDPA Cleveland chapter include: Gerry McClamy (Member of the Year, 1995), Willard Brown (Outstanding Chapter President, 2006) and Monica Bowe (Member of the Year, 2010).
It would be great to hear from our past, current and future BDPA Cleveland chapter presidents. Here is the list as best we can tell:
- Norman Mays (1980-1982)
- Barbara Whitfield (1983-1984)
- Ken Wilson (1985-1989, 1995, 2008-2009)
- George Williams (1990-1992)
- Crystal Kelson Farmer (1993-1994)
- Judy Williams (1996)
- Bruce Keene (1997-2002)
- Beverly Peterson (2003-2004)
- Willard Brown (2005-2007)
- Henry Wiggins (2010-2011)
- Demo Solaru (2012-2014)
The chapter hosted the national BDPA Technology Conference in 1994 ('Unleashing the Power of a Creative People').
We've mentioned alot of names in this blog post. The question remains:
Where are they now?