AFWA Chapters work hard to plan successful events, recruit members, and develop communications – and deserve recognition for the great things they are doing! The Chapter Achievement Awards include various categories in which Chapters can submit their achievements. We were so pleased by the number of Chapters who responded to our call for entry this year, and even more excited by the amazing achievements they had to share.
Congratulations to these 2017 AFWA Chapter Achievement Award recipients!
Communications Award: Silicon Valley
Realizing that young professionals are more likely to be reached via the web, the Silicon Valley Chapter has increased its online presence through Meetup and Facebook. Their Meetup Group has allowed for new individuals to find the chapter by way of location and shared interest. And advertising on Facebook has allowed the chapter to reach potential new members through targeted ads. In the last year, the Chapter has more than doubled its contact list – from 120 to 300 contacts! Congratulations Silicon Valley!
Programming Award: Denver
Many of us are aware of the Denver Chapter’s highly successful Rocky Mountain Annual Conference. But valuable programming is a key focus for the Chapter throughout the entire year. Last year, the Chapter themed it’s programming calendar “Inspire & Ignite” and carried that theme throughout its CPE, social, and student events. The Programming Chair is challenged to have programs planned three months in advance to maintain a consistent rolling calendar, even social events are announced 6-8 weeks in advance. Congratulations Denver on your consistency and creativity in programming!
Public Service Award: Kansas City
The Kansas City Chapter recently made the inspired decision to bounce back from near dissolution. One of the goals they put in place to achieve new growth was to bring back their Community Service Chair. Last year, the Community Service Chair organized two events for the Chapter – at a local homeless shelter and the Ronald McDonald House. These activities bring great joy to the members as they give back to their community. Thank you Kansas City for your efforts, keep up the great work!
Scholarship Award: Orange County
Last year, the Orange County Chapter distributed $10,000 in local scholarships. Their annual scholarship program features a student night dinner. Last year’s dinner honored 8 scholars, was supported by nearly $2000 from sponsors, and was attended by nearly 60 people. We understand the Chapter is already hard at work planning this year’s student night. Good luck for another amazing event, and thank you for providing such great support to future accounting and finance professionals.