This is an actual sign that Director Shannon Walker (Greater Columbus Region) had placed on a billboard near Newark, Ohio. In addition to helping create Chapters and empower members, Shannon runs a promotional products and marketing services business. You can reach her at email@example.com.
In Memoriam Chapter
It’s an uncomfortable reality. One day, we all die. Unfortunately, over the years, we’ve had members of AmSpirit Business Connections who’ve passed while still active members. Some met with tragic accidents. Others succumb to ailments. But they were all contributing members until the very end. And so, this eternal Chapter is a tribute to them.
Tom Novak (Towne Centre Chapter) September 2022
Mark Rankin (North Scottsdale BC Chapter) August 2021
Don Ebner (Summit Business Network Chapter) May 2021
Becky Tylka (Hall of Fame Chapter) August 2019
Kim Davis (Buckeye Chapter) August 2019
Jacci Adams (Hall of Fame Chapter) April 2019
Rick Shantery (Arlington Chapter) September 2016
Ed Petrosky (Montgomery Chapter) August 2014
Patty Boerger (Heritage Chapter) March 2014
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If the meat of AmSpirit Business Connections is the weekly Chapter meeting, then consider time before and after the meeting as the bread.
This bread is important to overall success in AmSpirit Business Connections. While much of the weekly meeting is scripted, the unscripted time before and after the meeting gives you a wonderful opportunity to build relationships with fellow members.
So when you are locking down time in your schedule for your weekly Chapter meeting, remember to make it a sandwich – carve out some time before and after to cohort with members and guests.
Those Chapters that closely follow the system do much better than Chapters that tends to “wing it.” In plain English, members in Chapters that follow the system consistently generate more and better referrals and as a result, they make more money from their AmSpirit Business Connections experience as compared to members in Chapter that loosely follow the system.
Given this, why (why, why) would a Chapter not choose to do all it could to closely adhere to the system?
NOTE: A great test as to how closely a Chapter adheres to the system is the Outstanding Chapter program criteria.
If you consider a good breakfast – a “bacon-n-eggs” breakfast – there are two farm animals providing for the meal … a chicken and a pig. Of the two, which has a bigger participation? Answer: The pig.
No doubt, the chicken “contributes” to the feast, as she provides the eggs. The pig, however, is “all in,” giving its very life for the spread.
Attorney, David Jackson, of the Business Affinity Chapter and partner at the firm of Carlisle, Patchen & Murphy, uses this quick anecdote as a means for making a point to his Chapter. Jackson reminds his fellow members that if they want a great Chapter, they need to build the Chapter with “pigs” – totally committed entrepreneurs, sales representatives and professionals.
This is a great lesson for everyone in AmSpirit Business Connections. In the context of this little fable, to create great Chapters we should all strive to build our Chapters with committed people, aka P-I-G-S. These are people who will attend (and engage others) consistently, give referrals regularly and continually seek to bring guests to the meeting.
If you are looking for “pigs” to include in the Chapter, the best place to start is with yourself. After all, the easiest way to get the commitment of others is to commit yourself first.
Remember, while a mere contribution is nice, if you want a great Chapter you need to become a “pig’ and then encourage others to do the same.
Tom Anderson, Central Ohio Director and founder of Excelleweb, often asks AmSpirit Business Connections members, “Do you have cable television?” Most indicate they do. He then asks, “Do you only watch one channel?”
That usually generates an odd look and perhaps a chuckle or two. After all, with literally hundreds of programs on cable, it would be utterly silly to limit oneself to a single channel when there is a plethora of viewing options.
Tom will then ask, “If it is ludicrous to subscribe to cable television and only watch one channel, then why would you get into AmSpirit Business Connections and limit yourself with respect to all it has to offer?” That is a great question and it usually generates silent contemplation.
AmSpirit Business Connections is the networking equivalent of a full cable package. Certainly, the main line up is your weekly Chapter meeting. If you limit yourself to that, however, you are simply not getting your money’s worth. Beyond this one activity, consider all the networking options over the course of a typical month in AmSpirit Business Connections …
- There is informal networking before and after Chapter meetings;
- There is visiting other Chapters and attending socials (both your Chapter’s and others);
- There are lunch assignments through your Chapter and ones you can organize on your own (with members both inside and outside your Chapter);
- There are area wide events, Leadership Conferences and brown bag learning opportunities; and,
- There is simply connecting with a fellow member on the telephone or e-mail (whether near or far).
In closing, remember AmSpirit Business Connections will not change your life … but you can change your life through AmSpirit Business Connections by tuning into of all it has to offer.
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Are you looking to grow your Chapter? Great. Anticipate it. Plan for it. Visualize it.
If you have a 15-person Chapter and want to get to 20, don’t just hope to make it happen
- Do you have a sign in sheet for your guests to register their contact info so that you have a tracking process in place for your membership chair to follow up easily?
- Do your members arrive early so that they can meet guests and make them feel welcomed before the meeting begins?
- Do you follow an agenda for the meeting so that your chapter is organized?
- Do your chapter officers provide their weekly reports in detail or do they often say ‘no report’ or give it little attention like ‘I’m the Secretary, I track referrals, back to you Mr. Vice President’?
- Do your members stay afterward to talk with guests and ask them if they have any questions about the chapter or the organization?
- Does your chapter get involved in the area wide events offered every month by AmSpirit HQ (MORE meetings) or other Chapter Socials? Does your chapter promote your socials on the AmSpirit web site?
- Do you as a member make an effort to get out to other chapters to meet other AmSpirit members and see how you can help one another?
- If you see a member struggling to give or receive referrals do you make a point to approach them in order to offer help?