Chapter Digest - February 2017

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February 2017


Chapter Updates  

We want to hear what your chapter is doing! Recently hold a fundraiser? Exciting event? Share your chapter good news via e-mail to and you could be featured in an upcoming edition! 

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The Georgia Chapter came in first place in the 2016 Idea Fair for Chapters for the idea they entered in the “Education” category. Click here to learn more about The Hamburger Club they created and to view all other entries in the category.  

CMAA News 


CD New Members - 11.11.16

Click on the above image to review the YTD New Member totals for each chapter.

Icon - CD Checkmark Featured Strategy:  2016 Chapter of the Year Winners Announced

Three outstanding chapters were honored at the 90th World Conference on Club Management. Many chapters worked hard to fill the top spots, a fact that was reflected in the extremely close races in each of the chapter size categories. However, only one chapter in each size category was able to earn the title of 2016 Chapter of the Year, and the top honors went to:

Small: Central Pennsylvania Chapter
Medium: Wisconsin Badger Chapter
Large: Golden State Chapter

Congratulations to these chapters on this time-honored achievement. To reward the winning chapters’ efforts, each is eligible to receive a $3,000 Education Grant sponsored by The Club Foundation. All three chapters were also recognized at the Closing Business Session with a trophy and will have their names engraved on the overall Chapter of the Year trophy, which is displayed at CMAA National Headquarters.

There were many outstanding entries. While all chapters are automatically entered into this award program, only those chapters submitting a chapter résumé are eligible to win. This piece helps the judging committee to better recognize the unique accomplishments of each chapter. Impressive accomplishments were abundant – all CMAA members should be proud of the level of excellence that exists within the Association’s chapter system

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All Chapter Officers: As you settle into your 2017 chapter position, be sure to check out the Chapter Officer Resource page. This webpage contains all the information you need to succeed as a chapter officer.

Managing Directors:
It’s not too late to reinstate! Members who were dropped for non-payment of their 2017 national dues simply need to submit a payment and they will automatically be reinstated. If they need a copy of their dues invoice, please have them contact Erica Benjamin.

Chapter Management Resources

Career Services Chairman:
If you didn't get the chance to meet with Kevin MacDonald or Shelly MacDougall in Orlando, take the opportunity to set up a telephone coaching session. Learn to prioritize your goals or set new, clear goals and find ways to achieve them. Read more about the coaching services available though membership in CMAA.

The Club Foundation Liaison: The Club Foundation announces the following Scholarship and Grant deadlines:

  • Joe Perdue Scholarship – May 1
    For undergraduate hospitality students pursuing a career in the club industry.
  • Student Chapter Grant – May 1
    Assists CMAA Student Chapters with expenses related to attending World Conference.
  • Faculty Internship – May 1
    Enhances club industry expertise among hospitality faculty.

If you have any questions please contact Carrie Wosicki at (703) 299-4283.

Legislative Chairman: It is a busy time of year as the state legislatures head into session. CMAA’s legislative portal,, is being constantly updated with the bills of importance to the club industry. Last year, the top trends included minimum wage increases, sick leave requirements and prohibitions on scheduling practices. Visit and log in to see what issues we are tracking in your state.

Membership Chairman: Does your chapter use a specific strategy to engage new members? If so, are you using it? If not, think about developing and implementing one. A positive first impression is critical when it comes to retention; show new members all of the wonderful things your chapter has to offer them!

Professional Development Chairman: Congratulations to the 2016 Award for Excellence in Education winners. The First Place chapters won a $1,000 education grant and the Second Place and Most Improved chapters won $500 and $250 grants respectively. The grants are issued by The Club Foundation. The winning entries will be posted on the Award for Excellence in Education page.

Small Chapters:
1st:  Illini Chapter

Medium Chapters:
1st:  Wisconsin Badger Chapter
2nd:  New York State Chapter
Most Improved:  Virginias Chapter

Large Chapters:
1st:  Golden State Chapter
2nd:  Metropolitan Chapter
Most Improved:  Georgia Chapter

Public Relations Chairman: Did you know that the CMAA logo has limited use? Please keep the following policies in mind when using the logo and please review the Graphic Standards for Use of the CMAA Logo.

  • The CMAA logo may not be used for any commercial purpose unless approved specifically by CMAA.
  • Any member of the Association in good standing may use the name or style "member of CMAA" or may use any logo, emblem, insignia, or phrase indicative of membership as approved by the Board of Directors.
  • The use of the CMAA logo by any member of the Association in good standing is authorized for the members' business cards, stationery and envelopes where the member's name is imprinted on the paper, not merely typed.
  • The Association logo must not be used in such a way as to represent approval by CMAA of the content of circulars, brochures, and other such promotional materials without prior written permission of the Association. A copy of the proposed material showing the use of the logo must accompany all requests for permission.
  • Members and chapters may not adopt, publicize, promote or otherwise convey any policy or principle in the name of CMAA that has not been officially adopted by the Association.
  • Use of the CMAA logo shall be in good taste and within acceptable business practices as determined by CMAA. CMAA reserves the right to limit or revoke the use of the logo by members and chapters, if warranted.

To access high-resolution images of the CMAA logo, please sign into the CMAA website and visit Any questions regarding logo usage or permission needed?
Please contact Melissa Low.

Student Chapter Liaison: The spring semester is well underway and before we know it, the school year will be over. Consequently, time is running out for our student chapters to reach the 10 member minimum to stay in good standing and maintain their charter. Take time this month to check in with your student chapters and see how their recruitment efforts are going – if they are struggling, consider taking time to speak to a class or come to a meeting to generate interest in CMAA and the club industry. If you need any recruitment materials, please contact Kyle Jennings.

Wine Society Representative: Check Out the Winners of the 2017 Bucky Awards

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Chapters Collecting for Communities Clothes 70 Homeless Students With School Uniforms  

Seventy homeless students from the Ben Carson Academy of Science now have school uniforms thanks to chapter and club members of the Wisconsin Badger Chapter of Club Managers Association of America (CMAA). As part of Chapters Collecting for Communities (CCC), the Wisconsin Badger Chapter recently collected funds to purchase logoed uniforms for the homeless students. Members also donated winter gear and under garments.  Principal Toni Straughter was overcome with gratitude and thanked everyone in the association for providing uniforms to their most needy students.

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