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Twin City Named 2011 Region 5 Outstanding Professional Chapter

Thursday, March 15, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bill Riter, Region 5 ROCA Chair

For the third year in a row, the Twin City Chapter in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois was awarded the Region 5 Region Outstanding Chapter Award (ROCA) from among the Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (COPA). Chapters are evaluated in six areas: Association support, Region support, support of future generations, local community involvement, business community involvement, and efforts in developing their chapter.

Top chapters always seem to excel in supporting the Association and Region. These chapters provide much of the Association and Region leadership as officers and committee members. Leading chapters provide financial and personnel support for their student chapters, the National Collegiate Competition (NCC), Foundation for Information Technology Education (FITE), the AITP Education Special Interest Group (EDSIG) and the Information Systems Educators Conference (ISECON).

It is always encouraging to see how our chapters reach outside of the regular monthly meetings and provide resources to the local community like schools, scouting, Junior Achievement, and other community groups. The outreach to the business community often includes special meetings beyond the regularly scheduled meetings. The top chapters are actively involved in providing value to the AITP membership.

According to Bill Riter, Chair of the Region 5 ROCA Selection Committee, "We had 5 very worthy candidates this year for ROCA. In addition to Twin Cities, several other chapters scored well in all selection criteria areas. It was like grading several "A" papers and then selecting the best. Sometimes that is a tough decision. I think the difference this year came down to the local and business community involvement area."

Congratulations to 2011 Twin City Chapter President Gina Canfield, the Twin City Chapter Board of Directors and the entire chapter membership.

The Twin City Chapter now joins the other Region ROCA winners to compete for the Association Outstanding Chapter Award (AOCA) to be awarded later this year. 

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