Guest Author: Tim Ebner, Associations Now
The National Society of Professional Engineers is in the process of restructuring membership with state and local chapters. This strategic move requires a diplomatic change in order to more closely align membership.
Component relations is one of the most complicated and challenging parts of membership. Too often the relationship is viewed either as top-down or bottom-up. What we know is that members win only if national and local work together to define and deliver member value.
One story that’s worth sharing comes from the National Society of Professional Engineers— because it’s an example of a successful affiliation agreement with state organizations. Chapter restructuring has been called a board’s most difficult job [ASAE log-in required], but that’s exactly what NSPE did last year with a strategic initiative that brings national in line with its 54 state societies, each with its own operating status and requirements for state licensure.