Saturday, August 1, 2015

Top 10 BDPA Chapters (Membership, July 2015)

The lifeblood of any nonprofit association is its membershipBDPA Cincinnati remains the #1 BDPA chapter in the nation for the third month in a row.   The chapter ... led by its president, Dalric Webb ... continues to amaze others by its consistent growth.   The chapter holds monthly program meetings that are full of energy and information.  The chapter will be heading to the national conference next week with young people competing in a number of the youth events.   Life is pretty good for a BDPA member in the Queen City!

Tyrone McKinney
The other chapter making major moves this month is BDPA New York (president, Tyrone McKinney).  They were in 12th place last time we tracked these metrics ... now, they loom as the 5th largest chapter in the nation ... moving up 7 spots in the past two months.   The chapter meets regularly and they also form strategic partnerships with other professional associations.  We are very proud to see such greatness from BDPA New York.   They serve as an inspiration to many others around the nation.

BDPA believes in the management maxim -- you get what you measure.  Let us assess the numbers in order to honor those local BDPA chapters who are demonstrating success in their efforts to recruit and retain members. Let's take a look at the ten largest chapters in BDPA-Nation:
  1. Cincinnati - president, Dalric Webb 
  2. Chicago - president, Reggie Rush 
  3. Detroit - president, Beverly Moore 
  4. Atlanta - president, Derrick Brown (up 2 spots)
  5.  New York - president, Tyrone McKinney (up 7 spots)
  6. Philadelphia - president, Eileen Gadsden (down 2 spots)
  7. Washington DC - president, Perry Carter (down 2 spots)
  8. Indianapolis - president, Terry Morris (up 2 spots)
  9. New Jersey - president, Goldie Bonney (down 1 spot)
  10. Milwaukee - president, Carmen Giles (down 3 spots)
We had a significant rise in the number of chapters now belonging to the 'BDPA Century Club'! The benefit of having powerful leadership is obvious when we see that Cincinnati, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, New York and Philadelphia each 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.

Our national president, Pamela Mathews, recently touted the value that organizational re-branding has made on BDPA.   I suspect that the 37th annual National BDPA Technology Conference will also provide a tremendous boost to membership this month.  

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?

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