President’s Corner

President’s Corner – December 2018

Dear Members,
Not only does the calendar year end trigger a lot the hustle/bustle and stress around the holiday season, it includes numerous contractual deadlines in our profession, not to mention year-end performance assessments.  I am excited to report the East Tennessee chapter has had terrific performance so far this year!  
How is the East Tennessee Chapter performing?
The Chapter is demonstrating commitment to the two (2) strategic focus areas approved by the BOD at the beginning of the program year, in September ‘18.   See an update of how we are tracking to our plan, below;

#1 Membership 

A.) Increasing Chapter Membership

Membership has grown from 197 to 204 since the program year began in September ’18, (medium size chapter category).

I challenge all members to continue supporting our New Member Initiative Program that al-lows members to bring a friend/guest to a monthly membership meeting.  If the guest joins the chapter within 3 months of visiting, both individuals receive a free lunch in the future.  If only 12 members recruited a friend or co-worker and we maintain our current level of membership, we would exceed 227 members putting the chapter in the large category.

If you think your company would benefit from the education and tools offered by NCMA HQ, please have a representative from your organization connect with the membership committee regarding corporate memberships.

B.) Increasing Membership Attendance

Attendance at monthly membership meetings has been strong this program year averaging in the 50s to 60s.

The membership committee is doing an excellent job of tracking expiring memberships and reaching out to maintain existing members.
Increased membership organically attributes to an increase in event attendance.

The growth in participation is also contributed to the quality of the program offerings.  The Programs Committee has scheduled new speaker options and venues this PY to draw greater participation.

Several programs provided CEUs, drawing higher attendance.

Many of our members participated in support of our community involvement initiatives by adopting 50 Angel tree kids for Christmas, giving back to the local community.

C.) Foster and Grow Corporate Relationships

The Sponsorship Committee announced a new silver partner in November ‘18, VWR, a part of avantor, a leading global supplier of product and service solutions to a diverse customer base, in over 30 countries.

Please contact the Sponsorship Committee if you or your company is interested in becoming a sponsor.

The membership committee continues to seek out new businesses in the area that would find & add value in the networking, professional, and educational opportunities of the Chapter.

A closer vernacular on demographics of new Chapter members, participants at monthly meetings, and educational offerings may provide areas of focus to increase diversity and help in targeting those companies not already participating.

#2 Education and Training 

A.) Tap into Our Membership

The Chapter has received benefit from the wealth of knowledge and expertise pertinent to the con-tract management profession and interest of the membership.

PY to date, we have had the benefit of a DOE ORO update and a CEU offering on Negotia-tions from Chapter members.

We have another CEU member offering in March on Operating Efficient Procurement Policies & Procedures.

B.)  Leverage Webinars

The Education Committee is coordinating a webinar for January 24, 2019 with networking and happy hour following at Aubrey’s.

C.) Offer Additional Events with an Admission Fee

The Programs Committee received BOD approval to pay for the December program featuring Chip Eichelberger at Chapter expense (no profit).

The $100.00 fee for a 4-hour CEU with Martha Weeks in January will cover food and venue expenses only (not for profit).

A fee will be incurred for the NES offering for a full day with Michelle Currier, Professor of Contract Management DAU in April. The price will be based on final enrollment numbers (not for profit).

D.) Increase Number of Events Which Offer CEU/CLPs

The Chapter has provided 2 hrs CEU opportunities since September.

An opportunity for approximately 12-13 CEUs exist within the current program agenda, not including potential webinar offerings.


My interim review indicates we are on track to meet, if not exceed last year’s chapter excellence submission.  The East Tennessee Chapter was awarded the Gold Chapter Excellence Award in December at a ceremony in Crystal City.  Let’s continue the great work!
Have a safe and happy holiday season, I look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Cindy Morgan