STATE MEMBERSHIP ADVISER'S REPORT
What A Year
So, it’s been a year since the Membership Advisor position has changed hands. We’ve been able to visit a lot of different Chapter and District meetings as well as a lot of Chapter events throughout this past year. I consider myself to be very active with my Chapter and from seeing, first hand, the dedication of Members across the Commonwealth I know I’m not alone. You all should be very proud of what you are doing and what you have done. I know I’m very proud to be a part of this organization and dually as proud to be able to serve you, the Members.
Our annual Leadership and Legislative Seminar is upon us. There are many sessions happening that will get us back to our roots. They’ll get us back to understanding exactly what the Officers roles are and how to effectively fulfill those rolls. It should be an exciting time to be at L&L! Yes, it’s a weekend to hang out with a sold out crowd of your closest Brothers and Sisters from across the organization but it is also a time to embrace those new Officers, and interested members, as well. I am really looking forward giving a hug and starting a dialog with our up and coming Leaders. I’ve already heard from, or met, several new Membership Officers and they hadn’t even taken office yet. Now that’s exciting!
Let’s make 2018 the year of “Doing Your Job”. Not saying that you aren’t doing it already and it is fully understood that we are all ‘volunteers’. However, if you took an Officer’s position, shouldn’t you have the “want and desire” to do the best you can? The urge to do a good job? Our Corporate Operating Procedures (COP’s) have taken a very long time to make right and tight. They spell out the recipe for success. We urge every Officer, whether you are brand new or a twenty-year Coordinator, to read (or re-read) your duties as an Officer. Your State Officers are always available if you have questions. Let’s try to make 2018 a rebuilding year. We have many legislative issues in Harrisburg right now, and upcoming, and isn’t that what we are all about? If you are doing a good job as Officers, at the Chapter level, your membership WILL grow, your retention WILL be high, and your appreciation WILL be great.
Now, like I mentioned at the beginning of last year, make sure your contact information is correct with the State. If you aren’t getting this newsletter than your address isn’t correct (and I guess you won’t be reading this). Check your current email address. Try to make sure your phone number is up to date. It is really simple to update your info. Give it to your Membership Officer and they will send it to State when they send in their monthly report. Let’s start off 2018 by making sure everything is current.
Just this past year we have seen a huge increase in the use of Social Media. We, again, encourage all of you to join some form of social media, like Facebook. It can be detrimental, as we’ve found out this past year, in some instances but just like the motorcycle, in it’s infancy, it got a bad rap too. It is still the best form of instant notification and instant return, and it’s FREE! If you do have a Facebook account, look me up and friend me. My page is full of cute puppies and silly cat videos, NOT!
That’s all for now. We have gotten some positive feedback about the December Issue that had all the Chapter membership totals listed in a table. Shhhhh! Guess what, your District Reps get that every two months at the Board meetings. We think we’ll make that a regular thing in BTL! Thanks again for allowing me to be in this position and we are looking forward to some great things happening in 2018. Let’s have a Great Year!
Numbers Are In…
Down, UP, down, down, UP, down, down…. That’s where the numbers have trended over the past year. These relate to the numbers from Statewide Membership totals relative for January, March, May, July, September, November and January. As you might be able to tell, as an organization, we depend on numbers and the support from those numbers. We all need to figure out what creates the upswings and what the hell triggers the downswings. So, here’s the rundown.
From January 2017 to this January our numbers dropped by (-162). There were (3) Districts that gained in Members and (5) Districts that lost in Members. This means that between the (5) Districts, that lost Members, there were (-258) Members lost. What’s going on? In the past year there were (19) Chapters that Gained Members and (26) that lost Members. There were (2) Chapters that remained neutral with no additions or losses. Top (5) Chapters, for the one year gains, are Patriot Riders in first, Lawrence second, Elk & Monterey Pass tied for third, God’s Country in fourth, and Mason Dixon & Westmoreland in tied for fifth.
Currently, the Top (5) Chapters are Mason Dixon (517), Erie (289), Keystone (197), Westmoreland (192), and Highlanders (180). Congratulations to all and Thank You for your continued devotions. Here is the rest of the story;
In the past two months, State Membership is down by (-59). There were (19) Chapters that gained Members, (25) Chapters that lost Members and (3) Chapters that remained neutral. The Top (5) growers, in the past two months, are Jacks Mountain (+11), Kinzua (+8), Jefferson (+6), Clarion & Ridge Runners (+5) and Elk, Patriot Riders & Philadelphia (+4). Keep up the great work!
We generate these number reviews every two (2) months. We provide them, in hard copy, at the Board Meetings and at the Grand Board meetings. These reviews are available to everyone, so see your District Reps or Chapter Coordinators and keep yourselves advised on where your Chapter is and which “swing” we are currently in. Maybe it’ll motivate some growth or maybe it will reinvigorate your energy for ABATE of PA and for what we stand for.
Peace, Ride Safe and C’mon Spring!!
PS. CHECK YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARDS FOR YOUR EXPIRATION DATE and renew if needed.