Although it’s one of the smaller chapters, the Maryland Chapter accomplished some big goals in 2008. For their hard work, the chapter was presented the 2009 Board Cup during the Arkansas Alumni Association’s Volunteer Summit on the University of Arkansas campus on Sept. 18-19. The Board Cup was created in 1997 to recognize excellence in programming and engagement within chapter areas for a calendar year.
Their board leadership consists of 11 volunteers, led by president Heather Monroe. All of the chapter board members traveled to Fayetteville by RV together to attend the Volunteer Summit!
Working diligently to engage alumni, the Maryland Chapter increased their membership by 10 percent, and they now have a membership participation rate of 23 percent. Although the chapter has a scholarship fund that receives regular contributions, their challenge is to find a recipient from their chapter area.
The chapter held 20 events engaging 135 participants, which was more than half of their alumni base. They consistently work outside the box and evaluate how to engage more alumni at their events and accomplished this through events such as a whitewater rafting event, a poker scholarship tournament and participation in the Razorbacks for the Cure Susan G. Komen Race.
The Maryland Chapter name has been added to the base of the board cup as a recipient. The glass cup resides in the Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House.