Saturday, March 1, 2014

Top 10 BDPA Chapters (Membership, February 2014)

The lifeblood of any nonprofit association is its membership.  We are proud to announce that membership has grown for the 2nd straight month.  In fact, the total membership increased by 10% in the first two months of the year ... and up 52% from this time last year!  It appears that the BDPA 2.0 reset implemented by the new leadership team at the national level is making a difference.  Kudos to the National BDPA VP-Membership Management Adrienne Thomas and her team for leading this membership renaissance around the nation.

Dalric Webb
We want to take a moment to congratulate BDPA Cincinnati chapter for its remarkable spurt of membership growth in February 2014.  They moved up two spots in the national ranking to become the 3rd-largest chapter in the nation!  BDPA Cincinnati chapter president Dalric Webb was the chapter's VP-Membership Management last year.  Under his leadership the chapter has grown over 166% in the past 12 months!  The chapter is leveraging its corporate sponsors as part of its strategy to grow memberships.  Perhaps other chapters should take a look at what is going on in Cincinnati! 

We believe 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. Chicago - president, Reggie Rush
  2. Washington DC - president, Perry Carter 
  3. Cincinnati - president, Dalric Webb (up 2 spots from last month)
  4. Philadelphia - president, Eileen Gadsden (down 1 spot)
  5. Atlanta - president, Derrick Brown (down 1 spot)
  6. New Jersey - president, Goldie Bonney
  7. Los Angeles - president, John Malonson 
  8. Dallas - president, Chad White
  9. New York - president, Tyronne McKinney
  10. Detroit - president, Beverly Moore

The leap in memberships for BDPA Cincinnati chapter means that we now have five chapters in the 'BDPA Century Club'! The benefit of having powerful leadership is obvious when we see that Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Washington DC 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.

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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