The Beginnings

The National Capital Speakers Association was formed in 1980 at the direction of the Board of Directors of the National Speakers Association, on whose BOD I was then serving the first of 3 year-long terms. The initial idea for chapters came from Mike Frank, a speaker and bureau owner from Columbus, Ohio, who correctly envisioned this as a way to develop and strengthen NSA. It has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams since NSA now has more than three dozen chapters. Interestingly, a few cautious Members of the BOD wanted to go slow and establish one chapter at a time, but the majority realized that time was so precious and the idea was so right that we should launch about a dozen chapters simultaneously. About ten of those became healthy immediately.

To get action going in the Greater DC area, I invited a dozen NSA Members to attend an exploratory meeting in the Presidential Room on the top floor of the National Press Club. With the Washington Monument in the background, we quickly agreed that there was a need for such a group, and unanimously decided on the name: National Capital Speakers Association.

Since I was midway through my first term on the NSA BOD -- and also running my own consulting business -- I declined the group's suggestion to assume the presidency, so that honor went to Lou Hampton, who now heads the Hampton Group. With the aid of a dedicated secretary, he did such a good job he was re-elected to a second year's term. Our meetings were initially held in the early evenings during the midweek, with the Key Bridge Marriott as our prime site. Many of us would pre-arrange to meet for dinner beforehand and we had a range of topics. For the first several years attendance was effectively restricted to active NSA Members, but that rule has since been relaxed, and the chapters have thrived.

Without doing any market research, many of us mentally expected close to 200 active Members. But, even though we began in 1980, it obviously takes considerable work to achieve this goal. The main point to remember is that those who participate gain immeasurably from attending our sessions.
~ John Jay Daly, 1998


2017 Annual NSA-DC Presidents, CSPs and CPAE Luncheon 

Every year NSA-DC invites Past Presidents, CSPs, and CPAEs of the Chapter to a luncheon to welcome the incoming President. This year the luncheon was held on June 10th at Not Your Average Joe's in Silver Spring, MD to welcome Sharon Weinstein, CSP, as the new 2017-2018 NSA-DC President.

Pictured from left to right: Mark Levin, CAE, CSP, Dan Knight, Karen Snyder, CSP, Wolf Rinke, PhD, CSP, Sharon Weinstein, CSP, Sylvia Henderson, Liz Fletcher Brown, Ian Cook, CSP, MILR, and Josef Martens, PhD, CSP. Not pictured: Willie Jolley, CSP, CPAE

Past Presidents

Click on each president to view a brief summary of their term or scroll down to read NSA-DC's history chronologically. 

Gregg Gregory, CSP
 1980-1981 Lou Hampton  1999-2000
George-Anne Fay*
 1981-1982 Lou Hampton  2000-2001  Annette Dubrouillet 
 1982-1983  Art Gliner* 2001-2002  Mariah Burton Nelson 
 1983-1984 Cynthia Helvey  2002-2003  Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP
 1984-1985  David Yoho, Jr. CPAE  2003-2004  Tad Kallini, MBA, CSP
 1985-1986 Harry Olson  2004-2005 Michael Aronin 
 1986-1987  Joe Jeff Goldblatt  2005-2006  Michael Aronin 
 1987-1988  Martha Spice  2006-2007   Sylvia Henderson, William Gillis, III (Honorary), Roz Trieber (Honorary) 
 1988-1989  Stuart Crump  2007-2008  Larry LaRose 
 1989-1990  Maggie Bedrosian  2008-2009  Liz Weber 
 1990-1991  David Yoho, Jr. CPAE & John Jay Daly*  2009-2010  Susan Trivers 
 1992-1993 Wolf Rinke, Ph. D, CSP  2010-2011  Dan Knight 
 1993-1994 Nancy Reid  2011-2012  Michael Sands 
 1994-1995 David Rich, CSP  2012-2013  Michael Schmidtmann 
 1995-1996 Willie Jolley, CSP  2013-2014  Josef Martens, Ph.D
 1996-1997 Tom Antion  2014-2015 Liz Fletcher Brown
 1997-1998 Gloria Gault Geary, CSP  2015-2016Gregg Gregory, CSP
1998-1999 
Rick Ott  2016-2017 Karen Snyder, CSP

* Indicates those who are deceased

NSA-DC Timeline:

Lou Hampton – 1980-1982

Highlights:

  • NCSA was created in an upstairs, smoke-filled room at the National Press Club (Okay, the room wasn't smoke filled since none of us at the founding meeting smoked, but it was upstairs).
  • NCSA was officially chartered as a NSA Chapter.
  • Monthly dinner meetings were held at area hotels featuring big name NSA Members as well as other communication professionals, including investigative reporter Dale Van Atta and some guy named Chris Matthews.
  • Susan Price, my secretary, was the first unofficial "Chapter Administrator" of NCSA.
  • Chapter Membership was strong and the bank account had a surplus.

Challenges:

  • Keeping meeting costs low enough so less well established Members could afford to attend.
  • Finding new ways of creating value for Members
Art Gliner – 1982-1983

What I did as leader of the chapter is make the meetings as affordable as possible. Thus, many
of the meeting places were free as in the Silver Spring Armory. Also, we brought in our own food, pizza,
etc. We averaged about 40-60 attendees.

David Yoho – 1984-1985

I actually took over 4 months early because we had no financial restrictions and after an awesome showcase for the DC community held at the Mayflower on 1/13/84 we were $7,770 in the red and dues had not been collected. Money was spent based on optimistic projections and dues were not collected. During my first term we got into the black, increased Membership and began better programming by placing 4 people on the programming committee, each of whom held total vertical responsibility for two meetings. I selected all the best people for it so that we could raise the quality of meetings. That was also the year that my dad (Dave Yoho, Sr.) allowed me to use him and his office for a giant fundraiser – for his contribution, he became the first (and should always be one of the few) to be lifetime Members.

Maggie Bedrosian – 1989-1990

I vaguely remember that I stepped in as pres-elect about April when someone else moved out of the area and we needed a replacement in a hurry. I believe this was the year after the National convention was in DC so there were a lot of fresh, new Members and my goal for the year was to generate as much involvement as possible and keep people involved which we did. So rather than grow, I wanted to maintain Membership and enrich programs. We did that and I happily handed the gavel to Barbara Hemphill and John Daly.

David Yoho – 1991-1992
Frankly, in the later 80's we began to sink badly because of the lack of participation of our "pro's". There were several of us who met regularly on our own: Me, Paul Raade, Maggie Bedrosian, John Jay Daly, Lou Hampton, Jeff Davidson, Martha Spice and one or two others. We realized that we met on our own because the association wasn't a very professional speakers association anymore. Since we had helped start it, we decided to fix it. We basically walked in to the BOD and told them who'd be joining and who'd be leaving including who the next couple presidents would be. So, to correct Maggie's e-mail – she became president not because someone left, she became president
because our little group decided we needed her leadership, her presence, her creative thinking abilities and her reputation. John and I split a year – a difficult one for me since I was in the middle of a divorce and lived in NYC for half the year. Looking at that year, I don't feel I did a lot quantity-wise but the quality of new "real Members" was incredible – not affiliates – people who went on to leadership and successful careers like David Rich – and many more. I spent time deciding who, among our Members, had real talent and needed to be involved and I went after them – people like Wolf Rinke – who, along with Barbara Hemphill were the most organized presidents we had. I was a charter member, the first treasurer (for four years) and the first hospitality chair. I worked the door, greeted and collected the money. Frankly, I hope our Members never forget the contributions of Lou Hampton who lent his expertise and his office administration for two years, to John Daly who's given himself totally for longer than anyone and who founded the chapter.

Wolf Rinke – 1992-1993

Prior to my time, the BOD took a vote to dissolve NCSA, due to lack of Members and no money. I objected and so David Yoho, Jr. said, “Great you can run it.” And so I did. During my term of office we established 5 mega goals. The two most important and the ones that insured
the survival and growth of NCSA as we know it today were: 

1. Increase Membership by 100%. We actually increased it by 157%, from 52 to 134 Members and
preferred guests (60 & 74 respectively).
2. Increase our cash balance by 100%. We increased it by 361% (From $3,011 to $10,865).

And the way we did it is by having the first NCSA "Speakers School" in 1993. It had standing room only with 146 attendees (We considered 70 an acceptable goal). At that event we got 46 people to sign up as "Preferred Guests." This one event is what put NCSA back on the map, financially and otherwise.

David Rich – 1994-1995

During my presidency, I was the host President for the 1994 annual conference in Washington, DC. I was Membership Chair during Wolf Rinke's presidency, and Vice President and Speaker School Chair during Nancy Reid's presidency. I also personally chose Willie Jolley to succeed me as President. It was during Wolf's term that NCSA began to get its act together. The highlights of my term included:

  • A very successful Membership drive and profitable year.
  • I was the first president to establish a set meeting place and date. That seems like an obvious thing now, but up until then, NCSA had changed meeting places and times every other month. There was little consistency.
  • I also earned my CSP in 1994, becoming the Chapter's second CSP. Only Wolf & I had their CSP's at the time. That was a big deal for a growing Chapter to have speakers who were recognized nationally.
Willie Jolley 1995-1996

The theme of my year was "Moving Mountains and Making a Difference!"  
I asked the Membership and the BOD of Directors to help me to have a record setting year! And THEY
DID!

I had 12 major goals:
1. Double Membership and Attendance
2. Double Revenues
3. Provide 2 Speaker Showcases
4. Initiate the NCSA youth Oratorical Program
5. Update the "Speaking of Speaking" Newsletter
6. Offer more Celebrity and High Profile speaker "PRO-grams" (Programming for the Pro speakers
rather than the new speakers).
7. Increase relationships with the meeting industry and bureaus
8. Offer monthly member "Spotlight Speaker" showcase opportunities
9. Initiate the "Local Pro" section of every meeting
10. Create an NCSA Membership Directory
11. Initiate the NCSA Speaker Scholarship Program
12. Increase and expand the image of NCSA locally and nationally.

By June 1, 1996, we had:
1. Doubled Membership, with 210 Members, and tripled attendance
2. Doubled revenues (even though we did have a problem with our treasurer and had to remove her
from the position).
3. Started a youth oratorical program
4. Developed a new newsletter format and launched our first website
5. Created a new cooperative relationship with the Meeting Industry Council.
6. Cut our postage costs by changing our mailing system
7. Initiated the New Member Orientation Class
8. Initiated the "Sky Is The Limit" Program
9. Upgraded the Mentorship Program
10. Had a line-up for our monthly "PRO-grams that was unprecedented.
The great speakers who spoke for our chapter that year were:


Larry Winget, CSP Chuck Reaves, CSP, CPAE  David Rich, CSP 
Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE  Jim Ball  Wolf Rinke, CSP 
Terry Brock, CSP  George Anne-Fay  Bob Bailey 
Jim Rhode, CSP  Naomi Rhode, CSP, CPAE  Alan Weiss, CSP 
Maggie Bedrosian  Greg Godek  Jeff Herman 
Joe Sabah  Judy Sabah  Bill Cates, CSP 
Warren Greshes, CPAE  Dave Yoho, CPAE  Rosita Perez, CPAE 
Willie Jolley, CSP     

And for the Speaker's University (where we had over 300 people in attendance) we had...
  • Robert Henry, CPAE
  • Lou Heckler, CSP, CPAE
  • And LES BROWN AND GLADYS KNIGHT!
It was truly incredible! We hit our goals and we had a tremendous year! And it was done because we worked as a team. I had
a great BOD and a great group of Members who really went beyond the call of duty to help to take our
chapter to another level. It just showed what amazing things can be accomplished when people work
together toward a common goal.

Rick Ott – 1998-1999
The theme was "Double your Revenue, Double your Fun". We had lots of sessions dealing with sales and marketing, because I believed that area is where speakers have the most difficulty. Also, my belief is that if the meetings are fun, attendance will be high. This proved to be the case, as we were able to maintain the 110-120 people monthly meeting attendance that we achieved in the previous
year under Gloria.

Internally, I wanted stability. We were able to keep turnover in the BOD and Executive Committee fairly low, which helped quite a bit. The chapter was very fortunate in that people worked hard and got a lot accomplished. Also, we doubled our cash reserve fund from $5,000 to $10,000 during the year.

The two biggest challenges:

1. Finding a new venue. Our arrangement with the Sheraton City Centre had ended with the June '98 meeting, so the first thing I did (with lots of help) is to find us a new hotel, which turned out to be the Holiday Inn Capitol. We met in the new venue with the August '98 meeting (my first meeting as Pres). Our main speaker for that meeting was Terry Paulson, NSA President at the time.
2. Keeping everyone happy. I was able to hold it together for most of the year, but it took a lot of ego massaging. There was conflict on the BOD so we spent a lot of time keeping that fire from getting out of control.

George-Anne Fay – 1999-2000

One of the most significant issues during my presidency was the Membership changes that were announced by NSA and how it affected the entire year for the BOD. BOD Members had to look inwardly about their own potential for serving as future leaders. As a result, we lost some Members and BOD
Members quickly. 

Two BOD Members took full-time jobs and realized they would not be able to meet the new requirements. Since one was President Elect, this had a big impact on the BOD. Another BOD member took a full-time job in another city with Tony Robbins’ organization. She would have qualified under the new Membership guidelines but felt this move would benefit her career as a speaker. 

Even after the old BOD began to “jell”, there were internal conflicts that were particularly stressful. It taught me that I didn't spend enough time on this up front. After the three Members left to pursue other career options and a new BOD was in place, it was difficult building a cohesive unit, but we marched on
and focused on where to put our energies. We held a retreat with the entire BOD and Leadership Council. On reflection, this probably should have been two separate retreats and we made that adjustment the next year. However, the retreat was a productive experience that would be continued.

During this year, the BOD was unanimous about not having a Speakers University event. This was not a popular decision with some Members of the chapter and they expressed their dissatisfaction. One area of personal investment was my own financial commitment to the Chapter. As the President, I tried to set the tone and lead others by participating in any way I could financially. I underwrote banners, balloons, lunches and bid on a number of items at the auction. I didn't do this to impress but to set the tone.

Another area of focus was to do a lot of one-on-one with Members. I attended everything that was going on, made multiple phone calls and made sure I was visible to the Members. One BOD member referred to me as a 24/7 President. And, I always tried to have a spirit of fun in evidence whether it was playing music, doing conga lines or using a whistle. I used toys and props in all that I did and this resonated with the Members.

Annette Dubrouillet – 2000-2001

During my year we stabilized the BOD because the previous year we had lost quite a few BOD Members during the year. We reversed the negative cash flow trend and stabilized finances. We also reversed the negative Membership and monthly program attendance trends (I apparently did a lot in "reverse"). 

The BOD focused on our core values of trust, inclusion, communication, etc. From the get-go we spent time making the BOD a functioning team. As a result, we were able to accomplish "stuff" and not have to spend a lot of time repairing relationships. I feel really good about that.

Miscellaneous activities:

  • We reinstated a Speakers U type of event (the Greater Washington Speakers Conference.)
  • We got the first-ever grant from NSA to subsidize our Meetings Industry Council.
  • We put a listing of Members/Candidates on-line.
  • We continued (and improved on) Monthly Seminars, Celebrity Series, Online Speakers Directory, website, Afternoon Programs and the Chapter Academy program
  • We tried a contract with a videographer but it didn't work.
  • We implemented the WETA volunteering program.
  • We implemented the electronic newsletter.
  • We established a strong succession chain.
  • We implemented the Leadership Council training, separate from the BOD retreat.
  • We made the BOD retreat a full-day dedicated to clarifying roles, priorities and establishing goals.
Mariah Burton Nelson – 2001-2002

I feel very satisfied -- because we accomplished a lot, learned a lot, created systems that will live on (at least for a while), enjoyed each other's company, and stayed "committed to growing and giving" (our theme.) I was fortunate to preside over a chapter that was healthy and thriving (despite 9/11/01), due to the work of everyone who came before me, especially Annette Dubrouillet. My focus was on becoming increasingly professional, putting systems in place, learning about leadership together, and taking care of Members and potential Members.

Highlights:
  • New name: To align more closely with NSA, we changed our name from NCSA to NSA-DC on June 1, 2001.
  • Founder: We granted our founder, John Jay Daly, emeritus status, including lifetime Membership and complimentary attendance at seminars.
  • Membership: Reversed the downward trend. (We lost more than 70 Candidates and Members after NSA's Membership requirements changed two years ago, plunging from 223 to 147.) This year we built from 147 to 165 Members and Candidates.
  • Chapter Academy: Record turnout (16, up from 6.) Increasingly thorough and popular program.
  • New incarnation of SU: First-ever Survivor Skills full-day seminar, geared toward Candidates. Sold out, big success.
  • Volunteers: Successfully included about 80 people (50% of Membership)
  • Terminology: We now say "professional development seminars" or "seminars" rather than "meetings."
  • Website: Significant expansion and improvement.
  • Cheat sheets: Expanded BOD Cheat sheet. Added history section, expanded calendar to make sure things like insurance and DC registration don't fall through the cracks. Created a Financial Cheat Sheet for private information.
  • Finances: Doubled our savings (about $70,000), exceeding NSA's recommended reserves.
  • Leadership Lessons: I encouraged BOD and LC chairs to think of themselves as leaders, act like leaders, learn about leadership on this job, and share what they were learning.
  • Teamwork: Excellent spirit of camaraderie and fun among BOD, LC, other volunteers, Members.
Ronald P. Culberson, MSW, CSP – 2002-2003

We began 2003 with the theme “Who Are You to Light the Way?” aligning ourselves (somewhat loosely and tongue-in-cheekly) with NSA’s theme “Lighting the Way”. The intent was to emphasize the value that we bring to the platform by knowing who we are and what skills/knowledge we have to share. Our programs throughout the year emphasized this theme.

The BOD decided to focus on four groups of constituents this year in this order of priority: Members, Candidates, Inactive Members, Frequent Visitors and Guests. We assumed that if we took care of this group, word would spread and our Membership numbers would remain solid.

We chose a number of goals for the year with a primary focus on these areas:

1. Increase overall Membership
2. Develop and implement plans to ensure that all programs yield positive cash flow.
3. Ensure quality Monthly Seminars that include diverse speakers and are focused on one of the eight NSA competencies
4. Increase the number of Candidates who meet requirements to become Members to at least 15
5. Achieve volunteer participation of 75% of Membership
6. To have NSA-DC mentioned, recognized, or publicized in one of the public media every month
7. To explore alternative publication/presentation formats, specifically PDF, for improved appearance and professionalism of the newsletter.

Thanks to the best BOD and Leadership Council a President could ever have, we successfully accomplished many of our goals. However, we also had the challenge of realizing that NSA’s new Membership requirements would hit during the first six months of 2003. Our hope was that our influx of new Members would counter any drop due to those who could not meet NSA’s requirements.

Here is a summary of some of the other accomplishments:
  • Financial: Overall, our financial situation remained very strong and one of the best in the country. Every program yielded a positive cash flow. This was especially encouraging since we had moved to a new venue for our Monthly Seminars. This move was well received by the Membership.
  • Membership: At the time of this report, our Membership has remained relatively stable with no significant increase or decrease. We had 4-5 Candidates who have made the transition to Member and we have continued to recruit a higher quality of Members. Our Member Services and Volunteer Programs were very active and our Members were very involved in the running of the chapter. As a way to enhance our relationships with seasoned speakers, we created a CSP/Past President Lunch twice each year to gather and honor those who have contributed to our chapter. This was a wonderful opportunity to learn from our more senior Members.
  • Programs: The quality of programs remains high and our goal of targeting the experienced speaker
  • seems to be working. We had a very diverse array of speakers and our Special Seminars and Celebrity Series saw an increase in attendance.
  • Technology: Technology enhanced our chapter activities tremendously. A new Membership database was developed to help our Chapter Administrator track member information more effectively. Our Local Pro sessions were recorded and made available through our Audio Library. Our Online Directory was made available, free of charge, to Members and we developed a new Vendor Resource Guide which provides Members and Candidates with recommendations for vendor services in our community.  Networking: I reached out to the presidents of ASTD-DC, DC-HRA, PMPI, GWSAE and CBODN. The meetings exceeded my expectations and each organization was interested in finding ways to share information, support each others Members and possibly co-sponsor a joint educational event. I look forward to seeing more develop in this area. Our PR committee also did a nice job of getting word out about NSA-DC. Each month, a release was sent to the local media advertising our Monthly Seminars.
This was a very rewarding year and I am grateful for the support of an outstanding BOD of Directors and Leadership Council. These people worked tirelessly to make NSA-DC the strong organization it is. I had the distinct privilege of serving as President but it was clear to me that the work was done by these fine individuals. Additional Note: Dave Yoho, Sr. was granted lifetime Membership on September 15, 1984 because the chapter was in dire financial need and he offered a pro bono program that helped NSA-DC become solvent.

Tad Kallini, MBA, CSP – 2003-2004

And so it comes to this. 384 days ago, on June 1, 2003, your current BOD of Directors moved into their current positions. 384 days later, we have the opportunity to reflect on just what occurred within our chapter: The National Speakers Association – Washington, D.C. Area. My one over-arching goal for the year: DON’T SCREW UP! It’s been suggested that I use this document to briefly review my accomplishments over the last 12 months. And after of few seconds of soul-searching (and research), I confirmed what I had known all year: I accomplished absolutely nothing…but that does not mean that nothing was accomplished. 

Here are a few highlights of the last 12 months:

Membership:
  • We began the BOD year with 88 members (57%) and 65 candidates, et al. As of June 1, the numbers were 87 members (66%) and 44 candidates. WE focused on maintaining members and getting more of our senior members to return to monthly seminars. This would indicate that our efforts to do this, combined with a number of “candidate to member” flips, have paid off.
Financial:
  • We are in excellent shape. Our cash reserves stand at about $83,000. This is down about $1900 from a year ago, but includes a $2700 loss from our June 2003 “Bang for the Buck” seminar. We think our decision to give back to the membership was a good one! Our December
  • Auction, under the leadership of Michael Aronin, netted about $7,900 – 10% of which was donated to the NSA Foundation on behalf of our chapter.
  • And despite our financial success, we continued to put new measures and safeguards in place to ensure a financially sound future for the chapter.
Programs:
  • In support of our membership, we worked with the world to bring in the best in the business, to include the President of NSA, 5 Certified Speaking Professionals, and 2 CPAE winners. 
  • Our monthly “Spirit of Cavett Robert” segment enabled us to capture the essence of Cavett through the words of some of our senior chapter members.
  • I believe with certainty that we have achieved our goal of increasing the value of membership in NSA-DC! And I have been told by a number of people outside the chapter that we are the “Chapter of Choice” for visiting Featured Speakers.
  • Recognition:
  • NSA-DC was featured in the Chapter Champions column of Speaker Magazine in April.
  • Several of our best practices, including the auction and our resource guide) were submitted to and accepted by NSA.
  • Member Benefits:
  • We added over a dozen web sites to our Online Speakers Directory this year, with a “Satisfactory or Better” rating for every response to our satisfaction survey.
Communication: 
  • Our Website continues to serve as the standard of excellence.
Speaker Development:

  • Our Chapter Academy Program will have a graduation success rate of 100% this year.
  • We can also list the fact that 14 Candidates have flipped from candidate status to full member status since January of 2003.
Networking:
  • We also reached out this year to several associations in an effort to develop partnerships. These associations include:
    • ASTD – Washington, DC
    • Human Resource Association (affiliate of SHRM)
    • Institute of Management Consultants, National Capital Region
    • Chesapeake Bay Organizational Development Network
As you can see, I accomplished absolutely nothing. But after almost 40 years of leadership experience, I believe I have learned the secret of leadership excellence. It boils down to 3 basic principles: 

1. Surround yourself with excellent people.
2. Work with them to set direction.
3. Get out of their way!

I was blessed with an outstanding Leadership Council (Chairs and other volunteers) that accomplished so much in addition to running and managing their own businesses. I extend my deepest thanks and appreciation to each and every LC Chair and committee member.

And now to the eight people who kept me from screwing up this year with their outstanding performance and dedication to the work of the chapter: our 2003-2004 BOD of Directors:

  • Chapter Administrator – Sheila Summers
  • Member-at-Large – Michael Aronin
  • Secretary – Sylvia Henderson
  • Treasurer – Ron Ball
  • 2nd Vice President – Dr. Suzanne Adele Schmidt
  • 1st Vice President – Roz Trieber
  • President –elect – Ray Strackbein
  • Immediate Past President – Ron Culberson, CSP

I could not have been blessed with a finer group of professionals.

Awards and Recipients:
  • Chapter Showcaser – Allie Bowling
  • Chapter Member of the Year – William Gillis
  • Capital Outstanding Speaker – Rick Maurer
  • The John Jay Daly Award – David A. Yoho

To quote our 40th President, Ronald W. Reagan, on his eight years as President: “All in all, not bad. Not bad at all.”

Michael Aronin – 2004-2006

I had the opportunity to be President of NSADC for 18 months. I was voted in by the BOD after the last President resigned. From December 2004 to June 2006 the BOD consisted of myself, Bill Gillis as VP, Sylvia Henderson as Secretary, Roz Trieber as Member At Large, and Larry Larose as Treasurer. Tad
Kallini was the BOD advisor, and Annette served as our CLC chair. I was blessed with a BOD who came together and checked egos at the door. Whatever action we took was for the benefit of the NSADC member. Our biggest challenge was handling the fall out from making a decision a few months prior to move to a Member Non-Member organization. We felt as a BOD that we needed to keep in line with the way NSA National was moving. We continued to bring in Top-Notch NSA speakers. Three of them during my eighteen months told me “I do not speak at chapters anymore”. This was a result of building relationships through workshops and conventions at NSA. In June 2005, Jim Litchko, Bill Guinan and Karen Synder joined the BOD as Members At Large. Our theme was NSADC “Bring people together”. In September 2005 we moved our meetings from the Lows Hotel to Maggiono’s restaurant. We purchased our own sound equipment and saved about $1,500.00 a month. Under the leadership of Bill Gillis, a new website was created to bring value to the membership. The 2006 NSA Winter Workshop was in DC, and we hosted the hospitality area. I was told it was the best hospitality area’s of any workshop. The one thing we did struggle with was our lower attendance numbers at the monthly programs. We as a BOD ended up doing most of the work. Few members stepped up to volunteer. I did receive great feedback from those who did attend the monthly programs. I do know that NSADC will remain strong. Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to serve.

Liz Weber, CMC – President 2008 – 2009

The theme for the year was: Get Good At Being You. The theme’s intention was to encourage all members to find whatever unique gift they have and develop it for themselves and their clients. However, using the board’s varied talents also proved more necessary and successful than anticipated. Heading into my year, I had four areas I knew I would need to focus my attention on to ensure the chapter was well-positioned to move forward:

1. Replace the Chapter Administrator
2. Oversee the clean-up of Chapter administration records
3. Move the general bookkeeping duties away from the volunteer, board Treasurer position to the new
Chapter Administrator
4. Bring the President-elect up-to-speed on Chapter issues, etc (she had only been on the board ~ 6
months)

As I’ve indicated, all of us have “talents” that are called into action at times. One of mine is pulling teams together and changing team members when necessary. It’s never easy ending relationships, but the time had come to end our contract with the Chapter Administrator who had supported the Chapter for over seven years. Larry LaRose (Immediate Past President), Susan Trivers (President-Elect), and I served as the search committee. In October, we were fortunate to find Fran Moskowitz who runs a small bookkeeping firm. Fran was eager to add us to her client list and worked hard to learn our systems. She
is a great addition to the team and handles the administrative issues professionally and independently. The chapter’s administrative records, member lists, databases, etc were not accurate. To ensure we were able to turn over “clean” records to a new Administrator, the chapter’s administrative records and operations were reviewed, cleaned-up, and reorganized by my company’s office manager, Gina Hott. Gina served as the defacto Chapter Administrator from June - September and completely overhauled the Chapter’s records, lists, & systems. With her guidance, our webmaster made numerous “fixes” to the
back panel of our website. Gina also trained Fran on her new duties and the chapter’s various web-based systems.

A crucial skill our new Chapter Administrator had to have was proven bookkeeping skills with experience using QuickBooks. Larry LaRose as immediate past president, was again also serving as Treasurer because our prior Treasurer had resigned and no other board members felt qualified to take on the duties. As the Treasurer has been a “problem” position for prior volunteer boards as well, I was adamant that the new Chapter Administrator role become the main bookkeeper for the chapter, with the volunteer Treasurer being the “overseer” of the books. Given that, the contract with the Administrator includes various daily, monthly, quarterly, annual bookkeeping requirements. The policies & procedures for the Treasurer are being rewritten to require that position to simply review the financial records, sign checks, and reconcile the bank statements.

Finally, I believed it important to include Susan (president-elect) in as much of my chapter leadership correspondence and “issues” as possible. I wanted her to be able to learn comprehensively and quickly all the various systems and tools we had at our disposal, and all there was to this “NSA-DC chapter leadership stuff.”

Our biggest successes for the year – wow. Where do I start? I do believe we accomplished a lot:

1. New Chapter Administrator with clean, accurate chapter records, reorganized website, updated policies/procedures, bylaws, & Board Quick Reference Guide
2. Net increase in members of 4 and a net increase in candidates of 12
3. Ended the year with a net revenue gain of over $6500.00
4. New Chapter Operations Report that compiles all membership/candidate numbers, attendance records, financials, etc in one report
5. Established relationships with Potomac Chapter of Meeting Planners International, the Society of Government Meeting Planners, and the Hospitality Industry President’s Panel
6. Increased our volunteer pool
7. Conducted another successful Chapter Academy program
8. Enhanced our marketing tactics to increase our monthly event numbers to over 50 on average
9. Enhanced the look and contact of our chapter communiqués and on-line newsletter 

With all of that said, I’d like to thank my board:
Susan Trivers – President Elect, Lou Hampton - VP, Larry LaRose – Treasurer & Immediate Past- President, Jill Cody – Secretary, Dan Knight – Member-at-Large, Michael Sands – Member-at-Large. Without each of you and your many talents, none of the above would have been accomplished. Thank you. It’s been my honor to serve with you.

Michael Schmidtmann – 2012-2013
NSA-DC can be proud of our accomplishments in 2012-3. Our membership base and chapter attendance grew year-over-year, and our financial position improved over its already-healthy level. Continuing our long tradition of programs from high quality chapter speakers, our Program Chair Shelley Row attracted a roster of superstars, including Larry Winget, Joe Calloway, Dianna Booher, Thom Winninger, and Judy Carter. Home town favorites Ron Culberson and Craig Valentine returned to deliver terrific sessions. 

The chapter set and achieved four goals:
Replace the outdated website. Technology Chair Andy Finn spearheaded the research, selection, and implementation of a completely new chapter website
Overhaul the Fast Track program for Candidates. Patrick Haggerty designed and implemented a brand new curriculum Membership grew from 2 to 14 in one year.
Implement an Outreach Program to identify and recruit highly gifted speakers, not currently members of NSA. Gwen Tolbart designed and implemented this new program
Revive Speaker University. Led by Liz Fletcher-Brown, our chapter hosted this event at George Mason University, featuring eight speakers and attracting over 125 attendees 

None of our achievements would have been possible without the vision and hard work of the board. Along with the board members already mentioned, many thanks to Jan Fox for her terrific work with Membership. Michael Sands was generous with his mentorship and advice. Carolyn Thompson rebranded our marketing materials. President-Elect Josef Martens kept the meetings on track and provided great perspective on the web site and other initiatives. Most importantly, thanks to all our Members and Candidates who made our meetings so upbeat and positive, and who generously gave their volunteer time to make our events a success.
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