As I mentioned at the Change of Gavel earlier this year, my main focus as Philadelphia Chapter President is to increase the number of members and business partners and to make the chapter more visible. The Board has worked very hard this year to help reach these shared goals; below are a few highlights for the rest of this year into next year (2014).
1) We have established relationships with our sister chapters: Independence, New Jersey, New York, Wilmington, Washington and Boston. We are welcoming members from those chapters to join our Philadelphia chapter as secondary members at a reduced rate. Our common goals is for each of the chapters to work together and attend each other’s events, increase quantity, quality, availability and variety of educational programs and become more visible both within and without the community of legal administration. Philadelphia Chapter members may join the chapters listed above as secondary members at reduced rates within each chapter. Please stay tuned for more information appearing soon on our website.
2) The Philadelphia Chapter has also formed a connection with the Philadelphia Bar Association: We will offer a reduced rate for those members who join both the Philadelphia Chapter and the Philadelphia Bar Association. The Philadelphia Bar Association is implementing the same program for their members. Joint members will be entitled to attend events at both organizations. This will increase our membership and give our members the opportunities to attend more educational programs.
We are also implementing an exciting new point system for our members, awarding points for attending events. Several times a year we will pick a winner based on the number of points accumulated. The prizes will include (but are not limited to), an Apple iPad, as well as national and regional scholarships and gift cards. The more events you attend, the better your chance to win one of these amazing prizes. Please watch our website and the Weekly Reader for more information.
Joseph A. Samarco, MBA
President, ALA Philadelphia Chapter