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Chapter Activity Report: National Capital Chapter Earns IIE’s GOLD Award

At this year’s IIE National Conference in Orlando, the IIE National Capital Chapter was one of eight chapters to receive the GOLD Award for the Chapter Activity Report (CAR) for 2011 acheivements. Vice President, Martin Franklin, accepted the award on behalf of the chapter.

CAR consists of 5 categories on which chapters are judged:

  1. Chapter Planning – We received full credit (15 of 15 possible points) by submitting the chapter’s Strategic Plan in January 2011, which was given the top rating by our Regional Vice President and the chapter had 11 Board meetings in 2011.
  2. Chapter Programs – We received 15 of 20 possible points, with four points for a significant increase in non-member meeting attendance while losing five points on members’ attendance, but achieved 11 out of 11 points on the number of chapter meetings held (9) and the meeting quality as rated by attendees on evaluation forms.
  3. Membership Communication, Growth and Retention – We received full credit (27 of 27 possible points) based on membership growth, logo redesign, and our excellent chapter newsletter and website; linking the newsletter to the chapter website (, emailing the newsletter and chapter event announcements, linking our website to the national website, archiving newsletter issues on our website; and holding joint meetings and special events such as two ballgame outings and a networking mixer.
  4. Student Outreach & Community Affairs – We earned 14 of 18 possible points, including full credit for supporting school science fairs, career fairs, participating in National Engineers Week, judging the student Future Cities competition, participating in the District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies (DCCEAS), and affiliating with the Washington Academy of Sciences (WAS) in addition to providing over $200 support to the Mundel Memorial Scholarship Fund and $400 to support a student regional conference.
  5. Member/Chapter/Institute Support – We earned 18 of 20 possible points in this category, by hosting a seminar or workshop, participating in IIE sponsored events, chapter members’ writing in IIE publications, participating in IIE webinars, attending the IIE Annual Conference, and facilitating a nomination for the honor of IIE Fellow.

– Submitted by Joe Scheibeler, Chapter Secretary


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