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									     Welcome to the
Local Sections Committee
     (LSC) Meeting

     Monday – Nov 9, 2009
       11:45 AM to 1:15 PM
Meeting Agenda
q   50 Year Celebrations
q   LSC Introductions
q   LSC Mission
q   2010 Leadership Development Conference
q   Volunteer Recognition Awards
q   Program Planning Grants
q   John J. McKetta ProjectConnect Grants
q   “My AIChE”
q   Working Session
q   LSC 2009 Goals
q   Question and Answer Session


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Celebrating 50 Years

n   Columbia Pacific; 
    Portland, OR
n   Pensacola, FL 
      LSC Executive Officers
      Spring 2009-Spring 2010
Position                      Name/Affiliation                   Email Address            Phone
Chair                         David Jacobs, Central Sav River    william.jacobs@srs.gov   (803) 952-4597

                              (CSR)

Vice-Chair                    Todd Willman                       tjw@epcon.com            281-398-9400 *811 

                              (South Texas)

Past Chair                    Craig Wildemuth                    c.wildemuth@mtrinc.com   650-543-3390
                                                                                           
                              (Nor Cal/Rocky Mnt)

Secretary                     Shannon Brown (Chicago)            Shannon.Brown@uop.com    847- 391-1157 


Local Section/Staff Rep       Lowell Aplebaum, AIChE             lowea@aiche.org          646-495-1332


Staff Director Volunteer &    Felicia Gugliemi, AIChE            felig@aiche.org          646-495-1330

Member Activities

CEOC Liaison                  Diane Spencer                      spencer22@llnl.gov


YP Rep /YPAB                  Brian Daly                         bastio05@gmail.com       713-419-2278
Young Professionals

ESC Rep                       Chris Dean                         chris_kayla@msn.com
Executive Student Committee




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      LSC Executive Officers
      Spring 2009-Spring 2010
Position                       Name/Affiliation           Email Address               Phone
Division/Forum Rep             Available


Global Rep                     Available


ProjectConnect Grants Rep      Karen Bard                 bard@us.ibm.com             845-892-3211




Program Planning Grants Rep    TBD
Student Chapter                Available


LS In Need Rep/ Section        James Klein (CSR)          james.klein@srs.gov         803-725-4203 

Liaison
TBD                            Mac Qadir                  qadir@enprosolutions.com     


TBD                            David R. (Dave) Eckhardt   dkeckhardt@verizon.net      508-835-4584
                                                                                       




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LSC Mission
To strengthen AIChE’s Local Sections through:
  q   ProjectConnect/Program Planning Grants
  q   Support Leadership Development Conference
  q   Resource development
  q   Networking
  q   Opportunities for sharing information
  q   Long-term support focusing on Local Sections
  q   Providing Volunteer Recognition




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    Available Resources
q   http://www.aiche.org/LocalSections/Resources/index.aspx

q   How to start a Young Professional Group

q   Local Section Officers' Resource Guide (updated Spring 2009)

q   Local Section Annual Report 2009 Summary

q   Local Section Officer Descriptions

q   Top Ten Ways to Involve Students in Your Section Flyer

    q   more …..  Please review the Spring 2008/9 LSC Luncheon presentations for 
        more complete listing of additional benefits of AIChE membership



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       Leadership Development
             Conference
            June 4-6, 2010
Presented By:
        Noah McMillan & RC Ramaswamy
                 East Tennessee Section
                      Kingsport, TN
           AIChE Volunteer
          Recognition Awards

Presented By:
                     David Jacobs
            Chair, Local Sections Committee
Shining Star - Volunteer
Recognition Awards
q   What are the Shining Star Awards?
    q   Initiated in 2009 to recognize AIChE volunteers nation wide 
        for their tireless efforts
    q   Support volunteers in attending national AIChE meetings 
        throughout the year
    q   Aid Local Sections in helping their volunteers to continue to 
        volunteer
    q   Recognize those that go above and beyond in their service 
        to AIChE
    q   Free registration and expenses paid (up to $1000)  to any 
        National Meeting (Annual or Spring Meeting or LDC)


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Shining Star - Volunteer
Recognition Awards
q   Shining Star Awards Recommendations
    q   Two nominations per Local Section per year
    q   Independent of the ProjectConnect or Program Planning 
        Grants
    q   Examples of service recognized:
             §   Dedication and personal commitment to AIChE and the Local 
                 Section
             §   Willingness to take on a daunting task
             §   Set an example for others
             §   Willingness to step up and help the section when it needed it 
                 the most
             §   A long history of service to the section
             §   Infusion of new ideas / energy into the section



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Shining Star - Volunteer
Recognition Awards 2009
       Member Volunteer     Local Section
                                                      Description of Contribution

                                                      Has devoted years of leadership 
                                                      to the LS including serving as 
                                                      Chair, Vice-Chair, Awards Cmt. 
                                                      Chair, and working with local 
                                                      high school students for E-
       William Bruce King   Baton Rouge (LA)          week.
                            Central Savannah River    Co-chaired, planned and 
       Chip Lasher          (GA/SC)                   executed LDC 2009
                                                      Co-chaired, planned and 
       John Steimke         Central Savannah River    executed LDC 2009
                                                      Has served as Treasurer for the 
                                                      Section as well as planning and 
                                                      executing a number of the most 
       Ken Ford             Delaware Valley (DE)      successful Section meetings.
                                                      Active leader in the NJ section 
                                                      for over 20 years, serving as 
                                                      Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary 
       Andrew Soos          New Jersey (NJ)           to name just a few positions
                                                      Ten years of leadership to the 
    
                                                      North Jersey Local Section, 
                                                      serving in many positions 
       Peter Sibilski       North Jersey              including chair.
                                                      South Texas Webmaster for 
                                                      one year while serving as 
       Susan Cannon         South Texas (TX)          Newsletter Editor for 3 years

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     AIChE Program Planning
             Grants

Presented By:
                     David Jacobs
            Chair, Local Sections Committee
Program Planning Grants
     Assist local sections with their membership outreach 
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           John J. McKetta
        ProjectConnect Grants

Presented By:
                     Karen Bard
                ProjectConnect Grants
Project Connect
q   Assists local sections with their efforts to reach out to 
    students, and increase membership and participation of 
    recent chemical engineer graduates and new engineers.
     q Supports outreach to new and young engineers and 
        students
     q Typically single event programs

     q Evaluated on Innovativeness and ability to become 
        "best practice"
q   Grants awarded quarterly with maximum value of $600
q   Attempt to award $1800 per quarter



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                     My AIChE


Presented By:
                Amit Gupta and Bette Lawler
                          AIChE 
Member Benefits
q   ChE On-Demand
q   Knovel Library
q   Employment Services
q   Networking
q   Professional Community
q   Continuing Professional Training
q   CEP




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Membership
              AIChE Professional Membership
                         Profile

                                          Industry /               Age
Geography               Gender
                                          Academic


              USA                Male              Industry              Over 35
              91%                88%                 79%                  80%

            All Other            Female           Academic               Under 35
               9%                 12%                  21%                20%

                                                             More than ½ of the 
                                                             members have a 
 Texas largest 15%                                           Masters or a 
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                               Membership Trends




                                                          Dues Rate History
           $139 - - -  $144 - - - $180 - - - $199 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - $199




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                   Mass Balance Equation for Membership
                                     2008 final


                            New
                           Members

                                       3309                     Change

                                                                (1313)


Professional Membership trend has not been 
positive since 2001

                                                  Base of
                                                  Membership
                                                       32,279


                                                                 Drops

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            Cancellation Rate
             Overall = 12%
USA          12%     Industry   10%

All Other    17%     Academic   17%


Male         11%     Over 35    9%

Female       17%     Under 35   21%

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                  How Activity in AIChE Affects Cancellation


           Activity         % of Engagement           % of Cancellation
  Local Section                    38%                         7%
  Membership/
  Division Membership              19%                        10%

  Webinar Attendance                4%                         1%

  Attendance at                    16%                        16%
  Conferences
  Registration with e-             30%                         3%
  library




                              Overall Professional Cancellation Rate = 12%
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                             Member View by Age
                                   2008
           22 - 34 years of age                                   35 – 50 years of age
            Count      Cancel           %                           Count     Cancel        %

  News       1906        837          30.5%           News           826       465         36%

Renews       3737        989          20.9%         Renews          8422       980         10.4%

  Total      5643        1826         24.4%           Total         9248       1445        13.5%

           51 – 65 years of age                                66 and older years of age
            Count       Cancel          %                            Count    Cancel         %

  News       308          172         35.8%           News             34        31        47.7%

Renews       9239         613          6.2%          Renews          5572       220        3.8%


  Total      9547         785          7.6%            Total         5606       251        4.3%

10/30/09                        (No age on 743 professionals                                     26

                    315 cancel =43% of those that do no give age cancel)
                                Member View by Age
                                      2009
           22 - 34 years of age                                   35 – 50 years of age
            Count       Cancel           %                          Count     Cancel         %

  New        1198          19           1.6%            New           502        4           8%

 Renew       4172        1426          25.5%          Renew          7787      1299         14%

  Total      5370        1445          21.2%           Total         8289      1303         13.6%

           51 – 65 years of age                                 66 and older years of age
            Count       Cancel           %                           Count     Cancel         %

  New        199            1           .5%             New             14       0           0%

 Renew       9231         825            8%           Renew           5743      297         4.9%


  Total      9430         826            8%             Total         5757      297         4.9%

10/30/09                         (No age on 606 professionals                                     27

                     246 cancel =41% of those that do no give age cancel)
                      Path to Sustainable Relevancy
                                                                Benefits Addressing Relevancy

                                                                n   2005
                                      Define                    n   Professional Liability Insurance 
                 Refine
                                      Member                        program strengthened to include 
                offerings
                                      Needs
                                                                    Process Engineering

                                                                n   2006
                            What’s                              n   e-Library
                                                                    Searchable Pubs through Wiley
                          next big best                         n

  Measure                                      Create/refresh
Participation                Thing               offerings      n   2007
                                                                n   AIChE Exchange re-vamped
                                                                n   YP Professional Programming
                                                                n   Career Tools Plus / Job Board

                                                                n   2008
                 Deliver            Communicate                 n   Live Webinars
                effectively           Offerings
                                                                n   Re-invigorated CEP on-line

                                                                n   2009
                                                                n   Smart Brief launched
    10/30/09                                                                                            28
                                                                n   ChemE on Demand
                                                                n   Industrial Awards
Membership Strategy

                                Grow AIChE Brand




                               Communicate




                           Activate          Engage



      Grow participation                              Grow Community




    10/30/09                                                           29
Activate
                                                                         Bring Participation UP 
                                                                       Bring Participate UP
                                                                         UP UP

                                                  CHEME On Demand




            Local Sections and 
                                                                                   E-learning
                Divisions

                                                     AICHE
                                                Member Participation




                             Conferences 
                                                                       E-Library
                          And Regional Events




 10/30/09                                                                                          30
                                                                    AIChE
Communicate
                                                                    CEP

                Facebook 1,500 active users                         Web

                 Email   500,000 a month                            Exchange
              Smart brief 15,000 a month                            Smart Brief
              Exchange 33,000 a month
                                                                    Email
                   Web 57,000 a month
                   CEP 27,600 a month
                                                                    Facebook
                                                                    Twitter
                                                                    Linked In
                         AIChE




                                              Our Challenge:
                                              Still the message is not heard
10/30/09                                                                          31
Engage                 | Portal Concept


             A portal for each
             stage of the life cycle
             where you are
             ChEnected to:
             ‣ tools, information to help you get 
             ahead (e-library)
             ‣ forums, events to help you network
             ‣ job opportunities you won’t find 
             anywhere else
             ‣ a source for lifelong learning
             ‣ recognition awards which help with 
             career advancement
             ‣ Everything AIChE


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ChemE On Demand

  Information
 Where you want it
 When you want it
      ChemE on Demand
                      How to …
                    Content from
                    Other Sources
                                                 Original
    Meeting
                                                Webinars
    Session
                                               from AIChE
   Recordings


                         ChemE
                           On
E-Learning              Demand                       Advice and
 Modules                                            Information
   2010                                                 Blog


                                    Local Section
              How to                     and
             …Content                  Division
                                      Webcasts
             from CEP
                                                                  34
             1.1.09 to date: Live vs VOD

           Live Webinars                                                  VOD
# webinars                                 50      # products                    123
# purchased                            5871        # purchased                  1418
# attendees*                           3495        # attendees                    na
# non member attendees                     49      # non member attendees         46
avg size                                   70      avg size                       na
industry/academia (%)                   94/6       industry/academia (%)          na
revenue                              $2,011        revenue                      $453
rating**                            75.97%         rating                         na

                * includes 26 orders for future webinars
                ** those answering 'likely' to recommend to a colleague
                     Live Webinars:
               1.1.09 YTD vs 7.1.09 YTD
Stat                        1.1.09 YTD              Stat                    7.1.09
                                                                            YTD
# webinars                                   50
                                          5871 # webinars                              18
# purchased
                                          3495 # purchased                           1300
# attendees*
                                             49 # attendees*                          788
# non member attendees
                                             70 # non member attendees                  0
avg size
                                          94/6 avg size                                44
industry/academia (%)
                                        $2,011 industry/academia (%)                 96/4
revenue
                                       75.97% revenue                            $1,211
rating**
                                              rating**                           75.44%


                  * includes 26 orders for future webinars
                  ** those answering 'likely' to recommend to a colleague
    ‘WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO IMPROVE
               THIS WEBINAR?’ REPLIES
n   I wouldn't change anything. I viewed the webinar using cable
    modem/T1 line and it was great! I am so excited that AICHE
    is offering PDH certificates/credit for the webinars! (Dust 
    Explosions)

n    The Chat feature worked really well for questions. The host
    did a good job moderating. (Properties of Materials)

n    Very good summary. Hard to cover everything in 1 hour, but
    good overall review, with occasional specific points that were
    good. (NFPA Codes)

n    I really enjoyed the streaming audio with the WebEx
    presentation. It made it easier than making my phone line
    unavailable. Thanks to the AICHE tech folks for doing this! 
    (Career Building)
                  WHAT’S NEW?
n   11/2 first publication up on ChemE on Demand
n   11/3 600+CEP articles from 2001 on went live
n   Two weeks after Annual, 450 presentations go 
    up
n   After Annual, will be offering professors the 
    opportunity of using archives from ChemE on 
    Demand in the classroom.  A student member 
    will be asked to ‘purchase’ and professor will 
    use for class.  Only rule is that ½ the class be 
    student members.
E-learning Update
                        Introduction

n   Objective: Provide a recommendation to AIChE if and 
    how we should utilize e-learning tools to address the 
    educational needs of our members
    q   Benchmark e-learning tools, opportunities, costs, and risks
    q   Develop sustainable instructional model(s)
    q   Develop sustainable business model(s)
    q   Integrate e-learning solution into traditional methods of 
        instruction currently offered by the Institute

n   Committee chartered in July 2009
    q   Formation of sub-teams to separately focus on instructional 
        and business issues critical to success
    q   Cross-populated with members on other committees 
        (Educational Services Committee, Content on Demand 
        Committee) with diverse backgrounds (academic, industry, 
        short course instructors)
                Instructional Models for an
                     e-Learning System
                            1-to-2 hours              synchronous or
               webinar      impactful overview         asynchronous

                            leaves many participants wanting more
possible




                            1-to-2 days
segues




                                                        synchronous
                            “crash” course
            short course    similar to current model
                            allow for remote instructor option
                            several weeks                 self-paced
                            in-depth learning           asynchronous
           on-line course   instructor-assisted or
                            stand-alone (no instructor)
            Hard media              Web-based content
                       Evaluating the Current
                       e-Learning Marketplace
ENTITY           On-line Offering               Quantity       Price         Certificate
ACS              Webcast Courses 2-8 60-150     30-70          $295-$1095    No mention of 
                 minute sessions each                                        CEUs
Center for       -Live online single 90 minutes  16            $295          CEUs (IACET)
Professional     -On-Demand Pre-Recorded         96            $295
Advancement      60 minutes sessions each

IEEE             5 main categories              3,000 in 10                  No mention of 
                 Exam by Brainbench at end      languages                    CEUs
                 of course
ISA              - Webinars (live & recorded)   45             $195-$225     -
                 - CDROMs (w/ exam)             300 courses    $60-$350      CEUs (0.2-7.1)
                 - Instructor-assisted          12             $1100-$1300   CEUs (1.8-3.5)
University of    Self Study Courses/28 hours    3              $695          PDHs 28
Wisconsin        each                                                        CEUs 2.8
ICHEME           Self Paced Courses             16             $150          No mention of 
                 On-line Testing @ end of                                    CEUs
                 course
ASCE             On-line self paced courses     50-100         $295 - $795   CEUs 
                 and DVD’s                                                   depending on 
                                                                             hours
Developing a Successful Instructional
              Model
n   Integrated e-Learning Program
    q   Comprehensive content responsive to needs of
        membership
    q   Coordination of different modes of instruction
    q   Flexibility to embrace emerging e-learning trends

n   Issues Critical to Success
    q   Involvement and consideration of current
        instructors
    q   Develop timeline and milestones for incremental
        achievement
    q   Survey the membership to understand key needs
    q   Develop a strategic plan
        Developing a Successful Business
                    Model
n   Sustainable e-Learning Program
    q   Develop a realistic view of the 3-year business plan and 
        identification of cost and revenue streams
    q   Coordination with current partners (ASME) and transition 
        within instructional methods (short courses, CDs, webinars)
    q   Certificates and continuing educational credits

n   Issues Critical to Success
    q   Return on Investment: Ability to be cost neutral or 
        comfortable that e-learning will not be profitable on a stand-
        alone basis but provide value to members 
    q   Ownership and copyright of course materials
    q   Remuneration of instructors for both synchronous and 
        asynchronous instruction
Timeline
      Web Hosting


Local Section And Division Sites
                            The Vision
Realize a federation of 
consistent, feature-rich 
websites:

• 100+ Local Sections

• 100+ Student Chapters

• Divisions

• Forums
        The AIChE Websites Framework
n   A framework rather than just hosting
n   Standard look-&-feel
    q   3 ‘themes’ today; more to come
n   Easy to use mechanisms for non-IT volunteers to maintain content
    q   Enable focus on ChemE-centric objectives rather than Computer Science fun
n   Based on cost-effectively sustainable technology
    q   Drupal Open Source CMS
    q   “Cloud” hosting
n   Growing list of ‘features’:
    q   WYSIWYG editor for content (don’t have to know HTML)
    q   Forms-based publishing for ‘structured’ content like Events (Meetings, Workshops), etc.  
    q   Newsletter subscription & mass mailing
    q   Automatically pull-in data from other sites (currently: AIChE Calendar & News)
    q   Full-text search
    q   Build web-based forms for data collection
    q   Online Polls
    q   Photo Galleries
    q   Usage statistics 
    q   Etc.
                            The Vision

          Is it working?
Realize a federation of 
consistent, feature-rich 
websites: - Invested effort over 6 months (May-Oct)
          - Worked-out the technology
• 100+ Local Sections
                • happy with return on investment
• 100+ Student Chapters
                • we have a best-in-class solution
• Divisions
           - Worked with 4 Local Sections
• Forums
              • 1 live, 99+ to go
AIChE South Texas Section (New)
AIChE Puget Sound Section (New)
AIChE Norcal Section (New)
                                     Challenges
              (1) National creates an “empty”, ready to be populated website   Technical
                                                                               work:
The Process
                                                                               - Optimized
                                                                                 to <1 day
                                                                                 per site
                                                                               - Can scale to
                                                                                 100+ sites
              (2) National trains Local Section volunteer(s)
                                                                               Operational
                                                                               support &
                   • How to ‘think’ about structuring your website             facilitation:
                                                                               - Taking
                   • How to use the framework                                    long time
                                                                               - Cannot scale
              (3) Local Section volunteer(s) ‘build’ the website                 current 
                                                                                 modus 
                                                                                 operandi
ChemE On Demand

q   http://apps.aiche.org/chemeondemand/
     q Credit for 6 FREE downloads per year
     q credits each year, good for all webinars (live and 
       archived) as well as other content. 




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AIChE Web Hosting
 q   Web Hosting
     q   South Texas, Puget Sound, Akron, Norcal
     q   Capacity for 400 Sections
     q   Nominally 8 hrs per website
Sample Web Page
         Working Session (WS)


Presented By:
                     David Jacobs
            Chair, Local Sections Committee
Working Session
q    Local Section Annual Report 2009
    q Local Section Contact Campaign

    q In-Need

    q Trends/ Succession Planning Suggestions

q    Dues/Finances/Fundraising
q    Grants
WS – LS Annual Rpt 2009

q    Annual Report
    q Total Sections 111

    q 59 Submitted Annual Rpt

    q 52 No Annual Rpt

    q 30 Sections lack leadership/organization

    q Potential 83 active LSs total
    WS – LS Annual Rpt 2009
q     Goals
     q Boost Meeting Attendance

     q Outreach

     q Restart



q     Budget
     q Slight Increase in Income

     q Fundraising

     q Corporate Sponsorship
WS – LS Annual Rpt 2009

q    Meetings/Attendance
    q 5-10/yr                            24 LSs
    q 0-5/yr                             28 LSs
    q 0-2/yr                             17 LSs
    q Avg # of years since graduation    15-30
    q Leadership mtgs 1-3/yr             35
    q Leadership mtgs 0/yr               15
WS – LS Annual Rpt 2009

q    Young Professional Groups
    q 14 in 2009 vs 9 in 2008 (55% increase)

    q 12 expressed interest



q    Recruiting/New Members
    q Focus on student chapters

    q Support of local companies

    q Long-term volunteer burnout
WS – LS Annual Rpt 2009

q    Tools
    q Continual AIChE national contact

    q Benefits for dues paid

    q Shining Star Recognition
WS – LS Annual Rpt 2009

q    Communications
    q Email

    q 10 with paper newsletters

    q Only 6 cite their website

    q Majority of sections seldom visit AIChE.org

    q 3 Sections use Groups

q    Benefits
    q Networking

    q LS Committee Help
LSs by Region/State
LSs “In-Need”
q   No Annual Report
q   No National AIChE Member(s) in key leadership 
    positions
    q      Chair
    q      Vice-Chair
    q      Treasurer
    q      Secretary
q   No contact with LSC
q   If you think you are In-Need or will be –
    Contact the LSC!!
        
Reasons for Becoming Inactive

q   Job Relocation/Market Shift
q   Loss of a Significant Leader
q   Retirement/Low Recruitment
q   Low Attendance/Low Volunteerism
q   Leader Burnout
Trends-Why are Sections
Struggling?
 q    Volunteer
     q Lack of volunteers leading to burnout

     q Apathy of leaders

     q Charismatic leader loss

     q Members not feeling able to contribute any longer

     q Competition from alternative, more focused professional 
       organizations
     q “What’s in it for me?” attitude

     q Competing interests social/family/retirement

     q Changing, more demanding work environment that does not 
       allow (time) for supporting volunteer professional 
       organizations during working hours
     q Some members able to contribute more in summer vs 
       academic year, but sections usually off then             70
Trends-Why are Sections
Struggling? (cont)
 q  Local Section
   q Geographical spread of section

   q Decreasing membership dues

 q Industry
   q General decline in the economy, folks are more focused on 
     their immediate needs
   q Shifting industrial base

   q Few industries pay for memberships as a perk

 q National
   q Decreasing grant applications/Increasing grant availability

   q Young Professional

   q Student Sections


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Ways to Restart/Prevent
Becoming Inactive
q   Start Small – Kickoff Meeting + 1
q   Contact your members personally 
q   Gauge Interest
q   Recruit Young Professionals
q   Delegate to Retirees
q   Reach out to a Professional Society / Local 
    Section near you
q   Contact the LSC
q   Delaware/Balcones Fault have restarted!
Succession Planning
q   “No organization plans to fail, it just fails to
    plan!”
q   Prepare for leadership transition
    q   Define goals, roles and responsibilities
    q   Keep a record of all member information, accounts, 
        contracts and passwords
    q   Have at least two people on bank accounts
q   Communication Strategies
    q   Consider using free email services (Google, etc)
    q   AIChE Web Hosting – “manage content not tech”
    q   Newsletter/Social Networking
q   Volunteer time is $ - maximize its impact and their 
    success
Analysis of Local Section Dues Rate
      and Section Defections

           Emmett R. Miller
            November 9, 2009
         Local Sections Committee
          AICHE Annual Meeting
LS Dues 2009
q   LS Membership is declining
q   69.1% of National members DON’T pay LS dues
    q   LS Members12,277
    q   National members 39,748
q   Average LS dues 
    q   Mean              $13/yr
    q   Median            $12/yr
    q   Standard Dev      $5/yr
q   No statistical correlation has been seen in the data 
    to indicate LS membership (dues) inversely related 
    to LS dues.
q   Voluntary Contribution on Annual Dues Statement
q   Continue to study to establish national trends
LS Dues/Finance Questions
q   Where are you?
q   How much of your annual budget is based on dues? Fundraising? 
    Corporate Sponsorship?
q   What is your spend out each year? Carryover?
q   How many of your LS members are National members only? LS 
    only? Both?
q   Do you recruit National only members to be LS members and vice 
    versa? Recruiting doesn’t stop with Young Professionals or new to 
    the area.
q   What value does the LS provide for the dues? What’s In It For Me 
    (WIIFM)! Networking, Tours, Technical Talks, etc.
q   Do you apply for Grants?
q   Do you use off the shelf financial software (Quicken, 
    Microsoft Money) or Excel? (Treasurer’s Rpt Item?)
Fundraising

q   Fundraising
    q   Corporate Support for Mtg/Newsletter
q   Budget Control Strategies
    q   Meeting Rooms without fees
    q   Combine with other professional societies
LSC Goals for 2009-2010
q   Contact all Local Sections
q   Assist Local Sections “In Need”
q   Support Host Section for 2010 LDC
q   Award Program Planning Grants
    q   Have at least two applications for Programming Grants
q   Award up to $7,200 in ProjectConnect Grants
    q   Award full $1800 per quarter for 2nd and 3rd Quarter 2009
        ProjectConnect Grants
q   Award Shining Star Volunteer Recognition Awards
q   Solicit nominations and recommend host for 2011 LDC
    conference
q   Facilitate Information Sharing between Local Sections
q   Have at least one instructional Webinar for local section topic



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LS Goals for 2009-2010
q   Recruiting
    n   Young Professionals
    n   Senior Members
q   Tools




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         Good News!

Graduates follow the $$$ and ChE
    jobs are on the increase
      (Energy/Chemicals)



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      THANK YOU!

For attending the Fall 2009 
      LSC Luncheon




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Question & Answer
     Session
Q&A Session
q   What is the single biggest problem facing your 
    section?
    q   Getting volunteers to help run the Section?
    q   Meeting attendance
    q   Finances
q   What is your biggest Success?
q   Grants?
q   Other?



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LSC Contact Campaign
q   XX of 111/113 Sections Contacted
q   2009 LS Annual Report Summary of Sections
        59 "Active", 52/54 "Inactive" (definition: Active = filed LS report) 
        16 Inactive 1 year 
         4 Inactive 2 years 
         6 Inactive 3 years 
         5 Inactive 4 years 
         4 Inactive 5 years 
         3 Inactive 6 years 
         1 Inactive 7 years 
        13 Inactive > 7 years 
q   Lowell Aplebaum visiting LSs along with student chapters
Who’s In Need? (2004-2009)
Improving Local Sections
q     Who considers their section “in need” or 
      struggling?
       2004              2005           2006              2008               2009
                     San Diego         San Diego         San Diego          Alberta
                    Saudi Arabia                                           Central OK
                                                         Syracuse          Central VA
                    Tallahassee       Tallahassee       Tallahassee       Chattanooga
                    Terre Haute       Terre Haute       Terre Haute       Mid-Hudson
Texas Panhandle   Texas Panhandle   Texas Panhandle   Texas Panhandle     Penisular FL
    Toledo            Toledo            Toledo             Toledo          Pensacola
                                                            Triad         Rio Grande
                                                          Tristate?        San Diego
   Twin Tiers        Twin Tiers        Twin Tiers        Twin Tiers       Tallahassee
                                                        W. Kentucky       Terre Haute
                                                        W. Michigan     Texas Panhandle
                                                                             Toledo
                                                                           Wisconsin
    Wichita          Wichita                              Witchita         El Dorado
                    Wilmington                                                Iowa
                    Wisconsin          Wisconsin                           Nebraska
                                                                         Balcones Fault




                     Considered "on-the mend" in 2005
Improving LSs (cont)
      2004                  2005                  2006                       2008                             2009
                     Great Salt Lake City    Great Salt Lake                                                Las Vegas

   Guadalupe             Guadalupe             Guadalupe                  Guadalupe                          Oregon

      Iowa                  Iowa                  Iowa                       Iowa                           Singapore
                                                                           Las Vegas                      Baton Rouge
                                                                    (they are not in Timms)
                                                     
                        Lehigh Valley                                                                       Nashville

  Low country           Low country                                       Lowcountry                Low Country – no activity

                           Mobile                Mobile                                                    Saudi Arabia

 Mojave Desert                                                                                             Tappan Zee

    Nashville             Nashville             Nashville                  Nashville                          Tulsa

                          Nebraska              Nebraska                                               Alabama-Piedmont

                           Oregon                Oregon                                                Netherland/Belgium
                                                                 Palmetto – has a chair, but no    Palmetto – organizing kickoff
                                                                            activity
    Palmetto              Palmetto              Palmetto
Peninsular Florida   Peninsular Florida     Peninsular Florida           Peninsular FL                    Southwest LA

   Pensacola             Pensacola             Pensacola                  Pensacola                         Syracuse

 Permian Basin         Permian Basin         Permian Basin              Permian Basin                         Triad

                        Rhode Island          Rhode Island                                               Columbia Pacific

   Rio Grande            Rio Grande            Rio Grande                 Rio Grande                     Fairfiled County
  Improving LSs (cont)
       2004                    2005                  2006                2008                 2009
                                                                                              Akron
                                                     Akron               Akron
                                                                                          Ichthyologists
                                                                    Alabama-Piedmont
                                                                                           Western SC
      Alberta                 Alberta               Alberta              Alberta
                                                                                            Central AR
                               Alaska                Alaska                  
                          Balcones Fault         Balcones Fault      Balcones Fault         Central IL

 Central Arkansas        Central Arkansas       Central Arkansas                         Central Sav River

   Central Illinois        Central Illinois      Central Illinois                       Columbia Valley 

                                                                       Central OK            Dallas

Central Pennsylvania   Central Pennsylvania                                               Great Salt lake

   Chattanooga             Chattanooga            Chattanooga         Chattanooga           Louisville

                                                                    Coastal Carolinas     Mid-Michigan

                               Dallas                                                         Mobile

                              Dayton                Dayton                                 New Jersey
                                                                                          Orange County
       Detroit                 Detroit                                       
    Eastern NC         Eastern North Carolina                                               Pittsburgh

     El Dorado               El Dorado             El Dorado           El Dorado          Southern CA

  Fairfield County        Fairfield County      Fairfield County                         Tide Water VA 
Relationship Between Local Section Dues Rate
          and Section Defections (1)
Relationship Between Local Section Dues Rate
          and Section Defections (2)
Relationship Between Local Section Dues Rate
          and Section Defections (3)
                     What is the Issue Here?


n   Of the some 39,784 (or so) members of AIChE, only 12,277 
    (30.9%) have elected to retain local section membership.  This is 
    of serious concern to the local sections, which rely to a large 
    extent on local section dues collected by National to fund their 
    programs.  As such, it therefore threatens the viability of the local 
    section structure as the grass roots underpinning of the Institute. 
n   Set individually by each local section, dues rates vary widely.  
    This exercise is a test to determine statistically the premise that a 
    relation ought to exist between dues rate and dropout rate.  If 
    such were found to be the case, it should be possible to find an 
    optimum dues rate that would maximize the revenue to the 
    sections. 
Defections versus Dues
Defections versus Dues
with Regression Lines
                   Observations and Conclusions


n   Based on the general linear regression model, y = a + bx, the constants, a and 
    b, were determined by least mean squares fit.  The parameter used to evaluate 
    the significance of the relationship (if any) is “F”, where F is the ratio of 
    regression variance to residual variance, as determined from the data.  The “F” 
    test, then, compares the calculated F with the required value at the chosen 
    confidence level.
n   As can be seen, the calculated regression coefficient, b, was found to be slightly 
    negative (-0.0016 +/- 0.0074) and the intercept, a, did not come anywhere close 
    to the origin.   These observations did not bode well for the premise.  Further, 
    the F ratio was found to be 0.2331 (based on grouped data analysis), well short 
    of the 3.928 required for significance at the commonly accepted 95% confidence 
    level.
n   A plot of the data, with the widely scattered results among the 110 Sections, 
    gives vivid support for the lack of correlation.  Going a step further, the 
    correlation coefficient, r, was calculated to be a miniscule -0.0412.  Its square 
    (0.00170) is a quantitative measure of the fraction of data scatter that can be 
    attributed to the assumed cause.  Clearly, there is no relationship between local 
    section dropout rate and the amount of dues set by the sections, at least over 
    the data range that prevails.
          Observations and Conclusions (continued)


n   Given that conclusion, we are left with puzzling issue of identifying the real    
    factor(s) that are then responsible for the alarming loss in section membership.  
    Possibilities that come to mind are:
      q Time limitations for sections activities

      q Remoteness from the hub of section activities

      q Lack of interest in section programs

      q Membership distribution between the academic and industrial communities

n   If a significant relationship had been found, it would have been reasonable and 
    appropriate to further test the data by means of another regression model, y= 
    bx, with the a-priori assumption that no defections would occur at zero dues 
    rate.  As a matter of interest, this test was applied, anyway, with the remarkable 
    and unexpected result of being very highly significant (52.47 vs. 3.93) in spite of 
    the scatter.  However, because of essentially no correlation between the 
    parameters, this model must be rejected as inappropriate.

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