Thursday, May 23, 2013
My hope is that this note finds our membership well and full of excitement as we close in on the holidays and the New Year. As promised, it is my intent to deliver a Quarterly Chapter Status to our membership so I can communicate to you how we are progressing as a chapter, report our accomplishments, plans, and concerns going forward. I am happy to announce that we have a lot to report as we close out 2011.
This past November, we had our annual State of the Chapter where we exceeded 140 participants. One of the greatest rewards as a volunteer is seeing the results of what we do and that it is appreciated by all those who participate. As mentioned in previous communications, we continue to grow as a Chapter reaching 3,050 members as of October 2011. Our education offerings continue to expand outside the “BOK” having successes in ITIL, Federal Contracting, and Introduction to CMMI training. Plans for next year include “new” offerings in Agile and Schedule Professional Prep classes, as well as CAPM, PMP and RMP Prep classes. We will continue with offerings in ITIL, Federal Contracting, and CMMI Introduction and Advance training classes.
Our sites have increased in participation and locations. We offered 78 Site Meetings this year and with our Site Event Registration Systems (SERS) in full deployment, we had 4,890 different participants in PMI Baltimore Chapter events, electronically submitting over 12,000 PDU’s. We are the only Chapter providing this type of service to our membership.
The PMI Baltimore Chapter revenue stream increased to $378,673 for FYE 2011, incurring expenses of $367,476. A review of our expenses found that our sites incurred some unexpected additional losses. After further analysis, we discovered that the number of registrants for Site events increased, but so did the number of registrants who did not attend. As many of you are aware, the Chapter has to pay for these no-shows, which results in further losses at the Site level.
Based on this analysis, I am reaching out to membership asking for your cooperation. If you register for an event and for some reason, you cannot make it, please contact the Site Director and let them know you will not be attending. I have asked that Mike Berendt through our Site Directors make every effort to track the No-Shows and report to me quarterly. Without your cooperation in this important matter, the Chapter will continue to incur additional losses, which at point the Board may have to review our policy and make adjustments to better monitor and control this financial burden.
I want to acknowledge our Academic partners. We continue to work closely with UMBC Engineering & Management Graduate Program and the UMBC Training Center in support of project management. We have also initiated additional partnership programs with Loyola University, Morgan State University, as well as University of Baltimore. We are very excited with the great potential these partnerships can develop in support of project management in our area.
The PMI Baltimore Chapter has gone through its election process for 2011 and I am happy to welcome back John Kos, VP-Education, Mike Berendt, VP-Programs, and Carol Martinez, VP-Special Projects, who have extended their tenure as Board Members for another 2 years joining myself as President, Amber Roy, VP-Finance, Loretta Letke, VP-Membership, and Abe Meer, VP-Communications.
And finally, I would like to thank all the volunteers, and the Board of Directors for all the hard work that they do. The dedication and commitment provided by these individual is priceless and appreciated by all. The Baltimore Chapter would not be where we are today if it wasn’t for the volunteers who we have to support all of our activities and events which the Chapter supports.
As always, I am available for your comments and ideas. Thank you for your Valued Membership.
Happy Holiday and a Healthy New Year
Eric W. Perlstein, PMP, RMP
PMI Baltimore Chapter
410 303 3769
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June 7 (Friday): PMI BC ITIL V3 Foundation Exam Prep Training. 2-Day Seminar (Columbia, MD)
June 10 (Monday): Advanced Risk Management. Seminar (Timonium, MD)
June 11 (Tuesday): Agile: What’s in it for the Project Manager?. Lunch Meeting (Annapolis Junction, Maryland)
June 15 (Saturday): Cloud Computing 101: A Primer for Project Managers. Seminar (Columbia, MD)
June 17 (Monday): Risk and Risk Ethics. Dinner Meeting (Hanover, MD)
June 19 (Wednesday): Agile 102 - Implementing Agile. Dinner Meeting (Annapolis, MD)
June 24 (Monday): Leveraging Project Management Techniques in Sports Officiating. Lunch Meeting (Columbia, MD)
July 9 (Tuesday): Conflict Resolution for Construction and Other Projects. Lunch Meeting (Annapolis Junction, Maryland)
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