Component Awards Without Judges

Membership By: Ike Casey

At SOCAP International, chapter awards are based on a common set of standard achievements, rather than a competition pitting component organizations against each other. The "Chapter Award in Recognition of Excellence" program encourages continuous improvement among chapters and ensures their goals align with the international organization's mission.

In my 20-plus years as an association executive, it has been a challenge to develop chapter awards that identify genuine progress toward achieving the association's mission. Awards for membership growth often have gone to the newest or largest chapter. When we recognized chapters for their accomplishments, the winner has usually been the one with a chapter executive most adept at writing a good application. So I always wondered why we went through this exercise when the winner was often obvious before the year began....