This newsletter provides specific chapter updates for all chapter leaders. Take a look at what other chapters have been up to and get new ideas for your own chapter! Be sure to read the Chapter News in The Representor for more details.
Also, don’t forget that ERA’s Chapter Officers Leadership Training (COLT) program has been scheduled for this coming fall, and now is the time to select your attendees. COLT is scheduled for a one-hour webinar on Friday, Oct. 21, followed by an in-person workshop on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 1-2 in Chicago. For details on scholarships and to register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the ERA Chapter Officer Leadership Training page.
CAROLINAS The Carolinas Chapter is continuing its monthly networking breakfasts throughout the summer.
ERA CEO Walter Tobin was a guest speaker at the networking program on May 23. The presentation topic was “The Future of the Industry and its Impact on Reps, Manufacturers and Distributors.” This successful event had more than 30 in attendance.
CHICAGOLAND – WISCONSIN On June 23, the chapter hosted a breakfast round table program with ERA CEO Walter Tobin as a guest speaker. The presentation topic was “Learn Why the Best Reps Belong to ERA.” More than 20 members and non members were in attendance. The purpose of the breakfast program was to increase membership and that is exactly what they did by signing on new members. The chapter also announced a new feature of the Chicagoland-Wisconsin website. The Chapter Forum Web page offers members and industry professionals a place to share articles of interest. This page is designed to keep members on top of industry news.
Visit the new Chapter Forum page here at http://www.chiwisera.com/forum.html.
EMPIRE STATE The Empire State Chapter is planning the Debbie Henry Memorial Golf Tournament. The golf outing will be held on Monday, Aug. 8, at the Ravenwood Golf Club – a new location. Once again, the goal of the event is to raise funds for the chapter’s annual scholarship awards. The tournament and scholarship program are chaired by Scott Caliel of Leonard D. Allen, Inc. The chapter also continues to hold monthly rep networking events.
INDIANA-KENTUCKY The Indiana-Kentucky Chapter held a Cyber Security Luncheon meeting on May 5. The speakers were Craig Jackson, chief policy analyst of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Re-search (CACR), and Susan Sons, senior security analyst of CACR.
NEW YORK On June 20, the Chapter had a Charity Golf Outing located at the St. George’s Golf and Country Club in East Setauket, N.Y. Proceeds of the event will go to several charities, including Long Is-land Cares for the benefit of wounded veterans. The event was open to reps, distributors, OEMs, contract manufacturers and principals. To facilitate this event, the chapter has implemented updates to the web-site to automate payment (via PayPal) and the collection of attendee information.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA The chapter is planning to host a bocce ball networking event on Aug. 9. An education class is also being planned for Sept. 15.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST CHAPTER The Oregon Section of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of ERA (ERA-PNW) is in the process of planning functions in conjunction with the Electronic Manufacturers Asso-ciation of Oregon (EMA). On Feb. 18, 2016, the kickoff party for the two organizations was held at the Golden Valley Brewery. About 60 people in the electronics industry attended and heard a short review of each organization.
On May 24, another event was held at the Golden Valley Brewery. The program, titled “How to Start and Grow Your Business,” was organized by EMA and cosponsored by ERA-PNW, and featured three speak-ers. The first speaker was Laura Zager who is a patent attorney with a doctorate in electrical engineering. Her session was titled, “An Introduction to Intellectual Property.” The second speaker, Diana Wojcik, spoke about how to maximize gains and minimize risks during business years when considering the dis-position of your company. The third speaker, Leo Frishberg, gave a speech titled, “Getting It All Wrong: How I learned to Love the Lean Startup.”
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA The Southern California Chapter held a program on June 16 titled, “Rep Best Practices, Part III: Operations.”
The ERA SoCal Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled to take place on Aug. 8 at the Aliso Viejo Country Club.
The chapter is also planning for the Electronics Industry Summer Social on Aug. 25 at Sagebrush Canti-na, Calabasas.
SOUTHWESTERN/TEXAS The chapter sent out surveys in May to gather input from industry reps in Texas. The immediate/long-term objective is re-establishing the Texas chapter of ERA.
SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS The Spirit of St. Louis Chapter’s EEEM 2016 was a success with a full sellout of 50 exhibitors, 59 booths and eight technical seminars. ERA CEO Walter Tobin addressed the chapter at a May 2 meeting. He spoke about the future of ERA, reps, distributors and the industry.
Bob Evans, CPMR
Chair of ERA’s Chapter Leadership Council (CLC)