The lifeblood of any nonprofit association is its membership. Success with organizations like BDPA can be distilled into three words: MEMBERSHIP. MEMBERSHIP. MEMBERSHIP.
Corporate America recognizes as much. In recent weeks we've had financial commitment from the Environmental Protection Agency, Life Technologies and Wal-Mart to underwrite the annual dues for over 180 college student members. That is a wonderful testament to the powerful college student programs that BDPA deploys on a local, regional and national level.
- Chicago - president, Pamela Sexton
- Philadelphia - president, Eileen Gadsden
- Washington DC - president, Perry Carter
- Atlanta - president, Felicia Jones
- Los Angeles - president, John Malonson
- Dallas - president, Stacy Stewart
- Cincinnati - president, Clarence Larcarte
- New Jersey - president, Goldie Bonney
- New York - president, Renetta English
- Middle Nashville - president, Kendall Norris
The top two chapters - Chicago and Philadelphia - are members of the 'BDPA Century Club', which means that they have over 100 members. One of the common denominators for each of these chapters is that they place a high premium on the delivery of quality programs and services to their members. These chapters work hard to ensure that there is a strong return on the $100 investment that each member makes thru annual dues.
What are your thoughts about the value of BDPA membership? What can your local chapter do to improve the value-proposition for you on a personal or professional level?