Sunday, June 1, 2014

Top 10 BDPA Chapters (Membership, May 2014)

The lifeblood of any nonprofit association is its membership.  We are tickled to announce that membership has grown for the 5th straight month to its highest level since January 2010.  In fact, the total membership increased by 17% so far this year ... and up 53% from this time last year!  The membership growth is a direct result of efforts by local, regional and national leaders to provide a value proposition to members (and potential members) with its programs, scholarships and services.  Kudos to the National BDPA president Craig Brown and his team for the continued positive trending in this core metric.

Reggie Rush
This month we pay homage to BDPA Chicago chapter (president Reggie Rush). for its continued success in terms of membership retention and recruitment. BDPA Chicago added more members in May than any other chapter in the nation as it solidified its ranking as the largest chapter in the nation. Most of these new members came from corporate sponsors.

BDPA Milwaukee chapter (president, Carmen Giles) had a wonderful month as well.  This chapter grew by 31% last month!  Much of the growth came as a result of well-attended program meeting.

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. Cincinnati - president, Dalric Webb
  3. Washington DC - president, Perry Carter 
  4. Philadelphia - president, Eileen Gadsden
  5. Atlanta - president, Derrick Brown 
  6. New Jersey - president, Goldie Bonney
  7. Dallas - president, Chad White
  8. Los Angeles - president, John Malonson
  9. New York - president, Tyronne McKinney
  10. Detroit - president, Beverly Moore

The top five chapters on the list remain 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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