StarChapter of February: Central Ohio ASCE

Updated: 02/02/2018  |  Category: Goal Setting, StarChapter Admin, StarChapter Successes, Volunteers

While members join local chapters to gain access to professional and educational events, to raise their own profile, and perhaps even access the hidden job market, social opportunities are nonetheless important. The Central Ohio chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has been able to also offer social engagement to members and non-members, and by doing so, capturing the real value of a local chapter.

They have also been able to fully utilize StarChapter to streamline their work as board volunteers, in turn saving time and improving the member user experience. We spoke with the board who shared their plans for the coming year as well as tips and advice for other board volunteers. Click to read their story.


1. What was Central Ohio ASCE’s strategy for engaging new members in the past year?

We’ve tried to improve the member’s user experience by utilizing StarChapter to update our website and chapter management software, while also maximizing the value they get from their membership by offering more professional, educational and social opportunities. Upcoming social opportunities we are planning include a Blue Jackets hockey game, an outing to a shooting range, Crew soccer games, and others. Educationally and professionally, we are developing a local Geotechnical Institute Chapter as well as a Utility Engineering and Surveying (UESI) Institute to offer additional technical and social events specific to those disciplines.


2. Tell us about a successful event/meeting you organized last year.

Our annual spring seminar, covering ever increasing water quality issues, was a major success. The day-long seminar with notable public and private-sector presenters provides a cost effective, relevant opportunity for members and non-members to add to their technical expertise while also obtaining necessary professional development hours. Our spring seminar isn’t until April, so we’re not yet sure what attendance will be like. The one last April was before we implemented StarChapter.


3. The ASCE network is extensive. Does the board get ideas on how to improve membership value from other chapters?

Yes. We attend yearly regional conferences provided by our national organization to not only learn “best practices” from our national leaders but also to coordinate with dozens of other sections and branches in our region. We’ve implemented several successful ideas that were planted by utilizing these valuable resources. One example we got from regional conferences is our successful webinar program, where the Section will purchase technical webinars that any member can attend for free.


4. Do you have any tips/advice to share with other board volunteers?

As volunteers, we all seek to do as much as we can for our organization within the time constraints of our jobs and personal lives. Utilizing resources that allow this time to be used more efficiently will not only benefit you but also your organization and its members. Since implementing StarChapter, we’ve found that many of our tasks necessary to manage the chapter – communication with members, maintaining the website, administering meetings, payment collection, advertising, etc. – have become more streamlined.


5. What is in store for members next year?

We are continuing our focus on engaging our members and providing as much value for their membership that we can. Our STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Expo for elementary and middle school students continues to grow, and ASCE is also releasing the “Dream Big” IMAX film in February during Engineer’s Week, so we are planning events for that. We also plan on reinvigorating some technical committees that have been dormant.   


6. How have been able to utilize StarChapter to run Central Ohio ASCE and reach its goals?  

Initially, we used StarChapter to improve our member's user experience in our communications and event registration. The new website is attractive and user-friendly. Our section’s volunteer leaders are working more efficiently, and our email communication is streamlined and has a consistent look and feel no matter which volunteer sends it.




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StarChapter of January: STA St. Louis

Updated: 08/04/2017  |  Category: Goal Setting, StarChapter Admin, StarChapter Successes, Volunteers

The relation between chapters and national could be hard to maintain over time. Your time as a board volunteer is limited and you might struggle to communicate effectively with the national headquarters. The board of the Security Traders Association of St. Louis (STASL) discovered the power of engaging national, a strategy which has been proven effective in the past year. We spoke with their board who shared ideas on how to sustain the connection with national activities as well as other chapter management tips and advice. Click to read their story.


1. What was STASL’s strategy for engaging new members in the past year?

Our chapter focused on the following four things in the past year: one, developing the new website to more effectively add new members, communicate with both members and non-members, and facilitate the registration process for STASL events. Two, utilize 'Membership' tab to communicate the benefits of STASL membership and a link to a new member application. Three, promote upcoming events new members who may want to attend via the website and emails. And four, create a 'Contact us' link for new members to speed up the engagement.

2. Tell us about a successful event/meeting you organized last year

The past year, the board focused on our Annual Summer event on June 2-3 2016 at the Westin. The keynote speaker was Kevin Kliesen, a Business Economist and Bank Officer in the Research Division at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Another speaker was Fireside Chat with Stacey Cunningham, Chief Operating Officer, NYSE Group. They added a lot of value to attendees.

In addition to the Annual event, the chapter held profession and social related events such as the STA Retail Advisory meeting, Golf outing at Stonewolf Golf, Anheuser Busch Tour, and St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants at the Busch Stadium.

3. The STA network is extensive. Does the board get ideas on how to improve membership value from other chapters?

Certainly, especially ideas related to expanding membership, collaborating with STA National, developing the STA Women in Finance Committee, managing costs, planning events and general administrative matters. The board also attends the STA National Conference each year in Washington DC. Additionally, we hold monthly conference calls with STA National President & CEO, STA National Governors and other STA affiliates to keep up with changes in the association.

4. What is the most valuable advice you could share with other board volunteers?

Remember the impact our organization has on the local St. Louis community: One of the main goals of the Security Traders Association of St. Louis' mission is to support our local community through education and charity. Through this support, they were able to enhance the communities where we live and work. Thanks to the support of our membership, STASL was able to donate $52,500 to local charities in 2016. Aside from monetary grants, these local charities benefit from the personal advocacy and volunteerism of our STASL members.  STASL is proud and honored to have contributed to numerous organizations in the past year.

5. What does the board have planned for members of STASL next year?

The annual Summer STASL event will take place on June 7-8 2017, and our Holiday party in early December. We also plan more golf outings and a St. Louis Cardinals game.

6. How did StarChapter help you run STASL and reach its goals?

We could not have achieved our goals without the assistance of StarChapter! They significantly improved our processed to manage the twice-a-year events and assisted in streamlining communications, automating member list management, and reducing the time Board members spent on managing the chapter.


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