(Reposted from my blog; read the original post here.)
I was asked by someone to write a mission statement for chapters. I don’t know if this qualifies in the truest definition of a mission statement or not but, I partially stole this from a friend, and I hope he doesn’t mind: 2012 is going to be the year of the chapter.
Its been a busy quarter since I took over responsibility for chapters and there have many changes, hopefully this post can summarize the highpoints.
During the past quarter, we’ve seen exceptional growth of chapters, including seeing 12 new chapters formed across the globe!
- BI Chapter in Wisconsin, led by Farouq Abukhamireh
- Algeria, led by Badrou Zeggar
- Bangkok, Thailand, led by Fukiat Julnual
- Ekatrinburg, Russia, led by Evgeny Fedyakov
- Kharkiv, Ukraine, led by Denis Reznik
- Kyiv, Ukraine, led by by Konstantin Kosinsky
- Las Cruces, New Mexico, led by Colleen Barnitz and Russ Burns
- Leicester, UK, led by Gavin Campbell
- Los Angeles, California, led by Kim Schmidt
- Maidenhead, UK, led by Richard Douglas
- Stavropol, Russia, led by Maksim Lemeshko
- Santa Catarina, Brazil, led by Rodrigo Dornel
Last month, I put forward some recommendations to the board of directors for increased spending for the fiscal year 2012 (ends 6/30/2012); two of those proposals were accepted and funded. Yesterday I had the opportunity to lead two separate meetings with our Regional Mentors in order to bring them up to speed on what those proposals are funding.
The first thing this is going to allow us to do is send a “Chapter Kit” or mailing to every PASS Chapter around the globe! I’m not going to spoil the surprise about what’s going to be inside but, we hope that Chapter leaders will find the contents valuable and can put them to good use.
The second program we’re going to implement is to fund some Regional Mentor travel to PASS chapter meetings and SQLSaturdays. The basics are that we’ve given each Regional Mentor a funding allocation and asked them to visit as many chapter meetings in their region as they can, the primary focus being on chapters - especially those that need help with speakers or are otherwise struggling. We are attempting to fill a gap in speakers at local UGs and allow the Regional Mentors to get out in the community and evangelize for PASS.
Both of these programs are new, and both are things that we’ve talked about trying for a good while. I’m expecting both of these efforts to have a positive impact on the community, and I’m expecting to get lots of feedback during the process and learn some lessons while we see exactly how this is going to work and what impact its going to have.
Since I started with chapters, I’ve been pushing forward with a plan to revamp the existing tools our chapter leaders use to manage chapters, and I’m happy to say I’m starting to see some real movement towards helping with our needs in this area! I expect the first round of changes to start being rolled out within the next 45 days. As this project continues, I'll continue to write about the new and exciting changes we’re making.
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