APWA Chapter Leaders' Announcements 11/20/18

  • Webinar survey results released
  • The October Chapter Membership Reports are online in the Chapter Leader Resources Area
  • Member Achievement Award standings stay close
  • Membership webcast scheduled
  • New Education Toolbox is available
  • Registration open for Chapter Leaders Training Workshop & the Winter Council of Chapters Meeting
  • APWA offers online ethics course

Webinar survey results released

A short survey was recently sent out to all chapter and branch leaders asking what topics they would like to see covered in the webinars produced by the Membership Department and how they prefer to view those webinars.
Here is a link to the survey results:
From the results, it was apparent that our chapter leaders prefer watching both live and recorded webinars.  The membership department webinars are recorded live and are also available on the Chapter Leaders’ YouTube channel accessible through the APWA website chapter leaders page.
The two choices for topics were Chapter Membership Recruitment and Retention, and How to use the Chapter Leader Resources area.
There was a “write in” option to add topics, which added an additional thirty-two answers to this question. Some of these topics will be answered in upcoming webinars and some topics will be covered at the upcoming Chapter Leaders Training. Other suggestions will be used to help program future webinars.
Anyone interested in participating in any of these webinars should contact Rhonda Wilhite at rwilhite@apwa.net.
Upcoming Webinars – Save the Date
December 6, 2018- 2:00 pm Central time – Awards 411 webinar, facilitated by Rhonda Wilhite, Awards & Chapter Relations Associate.  This webinar will explain the 2019 program, what is different online, what award criteria have changed and the nominations and judging process.
January 17, 2019- 2:00 pm Central time - Nominations to National Committees webinar, facilitated by Teresa Hon, Sr. Board Operations & Governance Manager.
January 22, 2019 - 2:00 pm Central time - Membership 101, facilitated by Brad Patterson, APWA Membership Manager.
For those of you interested in additional educational opportunities, the biennial Chapter Leaders Training is coming up on January 31 – Feb 1 in Kansas City.  Some of the topics covered at this event will be:
Understanding a Treasurer’s Role
Hosting a Successful Chapter Roadeo
How to implement a National Certificate or Training Program at your Chapter
Trending Technology: How to make the 2019 Top Trending Technology part of your Chapter Education Programs.
For more information about the Chapter leaders Training please visit www.apwa.net/clt.

The October Chapter Membership Reports are online in the Chapter Leader Resources Area


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If the link above does not work, you can access the reports by using Sign in on the APWA website.  After you have signed in, then click on MYAPWA HOME in the main menu, then from the MYAPWA HOME page click on the orange “Chapter Leader Resources” icon. You will find the link to chapter membership reports in the column on the right on the Chapter Leader Resources page.
The chapter membership reports are updated automatically just before midnight on the 7th of each month.
The official overall membership total at the end of October was 29,410.
Anyone with questions can contact Rhonda Wilhite at rwilhite@apwa.net or 1-800-848-2792, ext. 5261.

Membership Achievement Award standings stay close

One month into the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2019, the annual Chapter Membership Achievement Award contest standings are close.
The contest began with the start of the fiscal year on July 1. The contest ends on June 30, 2019.
The Chapter Membership Achievement Award was established in 2005 to encourage membership growth by honoring chapters showing the largest net increase in membership, compared to other chapters in their division.
Divisions (based upon chapter’s number of members as of June 30 of previous year):
  • 100 members or less
  • 101-200 members
  • 201-300 members
  • 301-500 members
  • 501-850 members
  • More than 850 members

The winning chapters receive recognition in the In the Works e-newsletter, in the Reporter, and at PWX, along with a chapter banner patch and a $500 check to be used for providing educational content for their chapter members.
Every chapter in good standing is eligible for consideration. However, the chapter must have submitted their annual budget and financial reports to APWA no later than August 1 of the previous year in which the award is presented.
Selection is based on standing on the “Statistics Report - By Chapter Size Category” online membership report for the end of June. The chapters were put into the categories based on the membership total of July 1, 2017. The latest standings are based on the membership totals as of October 301, 2018.
The Quebec Chapter is way out in front of the overall standings. Quebec has increased its membership from 216 members to 303 at the end of October. That is a whopping 40.28% increase.
There are 18 chapters that showed an increase in October. Most chapters had inactive Life Members removed from the rolls this fall and that impacted their overall totals.
TheDelaware State Chapter is in first place in the division for chapters with less than 100 members. Delaware’s 5.26% increase is ahead of the Arkansas Chapter, which increased its membership from 76 to 78 members, good for a 2.63% gain.
In the division for chapterswith101–200 members, the race is close. The California Central Coast Chapter is in first place with an increase of 5.37%.  California Central Coast went up from 149 members to 157.  That increase is just ahead of the Mississippi Chapter. Mississippi went from 154 to 162 members, good for a 5.19% increase.
Quebecis way out in the division for chapters with201–300 members.The New York Chapter is in second place.
The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter reached the 400-member mark in October. San Diego’s membership went from 382 to 400 and that chapter is ahead of Utahin the division for chapters with301-500 members. San Diego showed an increase of 4.71% and Utah’s gain was 3.27%.
In the division for chapters with 501–850 members, the Nevada Chapter improved from 590 members to 597, good for a 1.19% increase and that takes first place.  Iowa, Ohio and Sacramento are 2-4, respectively. 
In the division for APWA’s largest chapters - more than 850 members - Texas holds a slim lead over Washington State. No chapter that started the fiscal year with more than 850 members had an increase during the month.
If you have any questions about membership or the Chapter Membership Achievement Award, please contact Brad Patterson at bpatterson@apwa.net or (816) 595-5263.  The standings are updated on a regular basis.

Membership webcast scheduled

A Membership 101 webinar will be held at 2:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time) on Tuesday, January 22.
This webcast is presented each year in January, helping the new chapter and branch membership chairs navigate the Chapter Leader Resources area and helping them understand the membership-specific materials. It is also a great way for those who have been a membership chair to review some of the materials and learn about any new processes. 
Those attending the webinar will learn how to find and make use of the various membership reports and hear of Best Practices from other chapters. Participants will also be able to ask questions through the one-hour program.
For more information, contact Brad Patterson at bpatterson@apwa.net or 816-595-5263 or to register, contact Rhonda Wilhite at rwilhite@apwa.net or 800-848-2792 (ex. 5261).


New Education Toolbox is available

APWA’s Education and Credentialing Department sent out the first edition of the new Chapter Education Toolbox e-newsletter in October.

The October 2018 Chapter Education Toolbox shares information on how your chapter can make Click, Listen & Learns (CLLs) and the Members' Library a part of your chapter's education programming.
To view the Toolbox, click: https://apwa.informz.net/informzdataservice/onlineversion/pub/bWFpbGluZ0luc3RhbmNlSWQ9NzEzMjQ2Nw==.
The Chapter Education Toolbox e-newsletters will be sent monthly. Please contact Becky Stein (bstein@apwa.net) with a chapter education contact to make sure the appropriate individuals receive these valuable tools.

Registration open for Chapter Leaders Training Workshop & the Winter Council of Chapters Meeting

The biennial Chapter Leaders Training, in conjunction with the Winter Council of Chapters meeting, is scheduled for January 31-February 1, 2019 in Kansas City.

Use this link to go to the CLT page to find the registration information and a tentative agenda:  www.apwa.net/clt.
This event brings chapter leaders − including presidents, presidents-elect, treasurers, membership committee chairs and others – to Kansas City where they can interact with their peers from all over North America.
This year this two-day workshop provides chapter leaders and Council of Chapter delegates the opportunity to understand how chapters and branches work with APWA National, the services and resources available to chapters from National, and provides an excellent opportunity to network with leaders and delegates from other chapters.
As a reminder, APWA provides a $500 stipend to the chapters to help offset the cost of the delegate to attend the Council of Chapter meetings and up to a $700 stipend to the chapter to help offset the cost of sending two chapter leaders ($350 per chapter leader). If a chapter would like to send more than two leaders there is a $200 registration fee for each person to cover food and beverage costs.
Please contact APWA at ChapterSupport@apwa.net for additional information. 

APWA offers online ethics course

Do you need ethics training to renew your license?
Register today to attend our online training courses in Ethics. Completion of the courses will earn you up to four hours of ethics continuing education hours (required by many states for relicensing).