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ChapterGram: January 2013

Welcome to the New Monthly ChapterGram!


Trevor JanzBy Trevor Janz, EAA 656941
EAA Manager of Chapters and Eagle Flights



We began this process by sending out a survey to all ChapterGram subscribers to find out what you thought about the newsletter. We received more than 450 responses - thanks to all who participated! - and we're already beginning to apply what we've learned. In fact, the new look of ChapterGram is the direct result of your feedback!

The changes to ChapterGram go beyond aesthetics; we've also shifted the focus of the content to better meet the needs of our chapter members. That will include a stronger emphasis on providing you with information, resources, and tools to help your chapter succeed - whether that's organizing a successful fundraiser, producing an engaging chapter newsletter, or working with your local media to promote your events.

In the survey many of you said you read ChapterGram to learn more about what other chapters are doing, so we've added a new section called Chapters in Action. Here we'll highlight interesting chapter activities and events to help you discover what others are doing and hopefully give you a few ideas for your own chapter. Is your chapter doing something interesting? Has your chapter had a great success? Please let us know with an e-mail to chapters@eaa.org.

Another new section to ChapterGram is Debrief, which is a "post-flight analysis" of what's working in the field. Topics will range from best practices and chapter case studies to highlighting specific events, activities, and practices that have proven successful, with an emphasis on why it worked and how others can apply the same techniques.

For Your Newsletter will feature content you can republish in your chapter's newsletter or website. This year, as EAA celebrates its 60th anniversary, many of our chapters are celebrating their own birthdays, so this month we've included the cover of the December 1953 issue of Experimenter, where the concept of chapters was first introduced.

In Chapter Spotlight, we'll take a closer look at a different chapter each month through an interview with one of the chapter's officers. If you'd like to have your chapter featured in this section, please send us an e-mail.

Finally, each issue of ChapterGram will end with a section we call Open Mic, which is just that: a place for chapter leaders to have an open, two-way dialogue with EAA staff and among one another. From FAQs and letters to the editor to questions we pose ourselves, if it involves dialogue, it goes here. This month we're including a few highlights from the recent ChapterGram survey.

In the coming months, you'll see features and elements added to help provide you with the tools you need to run a successful chapter. Remember, this is your newsletter, so help us help you use it!

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