APWA Chapter Leaders' Announcements 1.14.19

  • The December Chapter Membership Reports are online in the Chapter Leader Resources area
  • Membership Achievement Award Races are close
  • Chapter Leaders Training and Council of Chapters Meeting set
  • 2019 Council of Chapters - Chapter Activity Reports due
  • Membership webcast scheduled
  • Chapter Meeting Minutes to National
  • Committee Nomination Process CLL on Wednesday
  • National Committee Nominations open today
  • Latest Education Toolbox has info on working with LTAPs


The December 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 2018 was 29,565, the second highest year-end total ever.
Anyone with questions can contact Brad Patterson at bpatterson@apwa.net or 1-800-848-2792, ext. 5263.

Membership Achievement Award Races are close

Through the first half of the fiscal year, the annual Chapter Membership Achievement Award contest has some tight races.

The Quebec Chapter is far and away on top of the overall standings. Quebec is up 87 members in the fiscal year, good for an impressive 40.28% increase. North Carolina is in second place in the overall standings. 
In the division for chapterswith under 100 members, the Delaware State Chapter is the only one in the category that is showing a net increase for FY ’19. Delaware is up two members (from 57 to 59), good for a 3.51% gain.
The California Central Coast Chapter has recognized a 10-member net gain in the fiscal year, good for a 6.71% increase, which leads the competition for chapters with 101-200 members and Quebec is easily on top of the division for chapters with 201–300 members.
In the division for chapters with 301-500 members, the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter has seen its membership go from 382 members at the start of the fiscal year to 407 members. That gain of 25 members is good for a 6.54% increase and the top spot. Utah is in second place.
The division for chapters with 501–850 members is by far the closest race. The Missouri Chapter has recognized a net increase of two members so far in the fiscal year, the same number of new members that the Ohio Chapter has grown since July 1. Missouri’s net gain is 0.31%, just ahead of Ohio’s increase of 0.29%.
In the division for APWA’s largest chapters - more than 850 members - the North Carolina Chapter has an increase of 9.08%, well ahead of Southern California, which is in second place.
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 30th 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, 2018. The latest standings are based on the membership totals as of December 31, 2018.
The contest begins with the start of the fiscal year on July 1 and ends on June 30.
Please contact Brad Patterson at bpatterson@apwa.net or (816) 595-5263 with any questions about the Chapter Membership Achievement Award. The standings are updated on a regular basis.

Chapter Leaders Training and Council of Chapters Meeting set

The biennial Chapter Leaders Training, in conjunction with the Winter Council of Chapters meeting, is set for January 31-February 1, 2019 at the Westin Hotel at Crown Center 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 Chapters 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.
To help offset the cost, APWA provides stipends to the chapters:
  • Up to a $700 stipend to send two individuals ($350 per person) to the Chapter Leaders Training, and
  • $500 for delegates to attend the Council of Chapters meetings.

If a chapter would like to send more than two leaders to Chapter Leaders Training, 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.

2019 Council of Chapters - Chapter Activity Reports due

Each chapter must submit a Chapter Activity Report by Friday to be eligible to receive a stipend to send representatives to the 2019 winter meeting. 

Stipends in the amount of $500 will be issued to chapters to help offset travel expenses for a representative to attend the winter meeting. Should your chapter experience financial hardship in order to send a representative for the winter meeting, please contact Ashley Wilson at awilson@apwa.net or (816) 595-5232. 

Click here to download the Chapter Activity Report Template, fill it out and submit the report to Ashley Wilson at awilson@apwa.net by Friday, January 18.

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).

Chapter Meeting Minutes to National

APWA needs a copy of each chapter’s executive committee meeting minutes. Please send the minutes to Rhonda Wilhite at APWA – rwilhite@apwa.net.

Committee Nomination Process CLL on Wednesday

Chapters can play an important role in encouraging members to become involved at the national level through the committee nomination and appointment process.
APWA is hosting a Click, Listen & Learn webinar on the subject on Wednesday (January 17) at 2:00 p.m. (Central Time).
Learn how the process works, the deadlines, requirements and expectations of members, as well as what members can do at the chapter level to encourage participation. 
Every APWA member has information that can be shared with peers. Participating in a committee is one way to share that expertise. The first step to making it happen is finding out how the process works.
To register or for more information, contact Rhonda Wilhite at rwilhite@apwa.net.

National Committee Nominations open today

Members interested in serving at the national level are encouraged to go to the National Nominations pages on the website to learn more about available opportunities at www.apwa.net/nominations.

A great deal of information is available including time requirements, committee objectives and expectations, ideal qualifications and more. The nominations process is open January 15 to March 22.
This is the opportunity for any member to express interest in giving back to the profession and sharing their knowledge. 
Questions should be directed to Teresa Hon (thon@apwa.net or 816-595-5224).

Latest Education Toolbox has info on working with LTAPs

The most recent edition of the new Chapter Education Toolbox e-newsletter was sent in December. The December 2018 Chapter Education Toolbox shares information on how your chapter can work with Local Technical Assistance Programs (LTAPs).
To view the Toolbox, click:
Future Chapter Education Toolbox e-newsletters will be sent monthly.
Contact Becky Stein (bstein@apwa.net) with your chapter education contact to make sure they receive these valuable tools.