AARC Membership Update December 11-12, 2008 AARC House of Delegates Meeting Anaheim, CA Tom Lamphere BS, RRT, RPFT 2008 AARC Membership Committee Chair
December, 2007 - 34,877 July, 2008 - 36,928 December, 2008 - 38,199 6 month Increase = 1,271 (3.4%) One Year Increase = 3,322 (9.5%) What Are the Latest Numbers?AARC Active/Life Members
States increasing their Active members by 100 or more! Top Stars 12/07 to 12/08… CALIFORNIA - 507 PENNSYLVANIA - 394 OHIO - 288 NEW JERSEY - 270 NORTH CAROLINA - 160 TEXAS - 146 GEORGIA - 125 MISSOURI - 120 LOUISIANA - 109 MICHIGAN – 101 (NY – 98)
Top 10 largest membership increases Hot List - 7/08 – 12/08 CALIFORNIA - 267 PENNSYLVANIA - 153 NEW JERSEY – 123 OHIO - 110 LOUISIANA - 97 INDIANA - 86 FLORIDA - 72 NORTH CAROLINA - 52 MISSOURI - 50 GEORGIA - 45
Other Successes…. Top Stars 12/07 to 12/08… DELAWARE – 28% increase WYOMING– 18% increase NEVADA – 17% increase UTAH – 16% increase
Top Stars 12/08…Membership % NORTH DAKOTA – 72% SOUTH DAKOTA – 64% NEW JERSEY – 58% PENNSYLVANIA – 50% DELAWARE – 49% WYOMING – 47% MONTANA – 47% WASHINGTON – 42% NORTH CAROLINA – 41% CONNETICUT – 41%
2008 AARC We Made History!
13 States > 1000 Members 7 States > 1500 Members 3 States > 2000 Members 1 State > 3000 Members For the 1st Time in AARC History….
37 states with > 1000 licensed RTs 22 states with > 2000 licensed RTs 17 states with > 3000 licensed RTs 10 states with > 4000 licensed RTs 6 states with > 6000 licensed RTs 3 states with > 8500 licensed RTs 2 states with > 10,000 licensed RTs Celebrate Our Success….But Remember…
Approximately 29% of licensed RTs in the country are AARC members More than 20 states have < 30% membership Only four states can say that their affiliate represents the majority (>50%) of the licensed RTs in the state) BOTTOM LINE…..
To achieve 50% membership of the RTs in the country translates into approx. 64,000 Active members! EVERY state needs to make achieving at least 50% membership a top goal! In 2008, six states decreased their total Active membership total. Goal: Represent The MAJORITY of Licensed Therapists in the United States!
Membership is not something that just takes care of itself. Each state affiliate must make membership a priority. Majority of RTs are more concerned about what’s going on locally then nationally. Affiliate Boards need to take an honest look at what they offer their members in regards to their state membership. Goal: Represent The MAJORITY of Licensed Therapists in the United States!
2 large state conferences, 1 small event Newsletter (1 edition annually) Affiliate website Info on educational offerings Employment Opportunities page Occassional articles on events / news Representation in AARC HOD Student Awards Sputum Bowl competition (practitioner) 2003 PSRC Member Benefits (1,000 Members)
2 large state conferences, 2 medium conference, >15 small seminars Newsletter (2 editions annually) Multiple “Fun” Events available to members only including: Sporting Events (Phillies, Pirates, Flyers) Theater (Les Miserables) Amusement Park (Hersheypark) Night @ Ringling Brothers Circus 2008 PSRC Member Benefits (3,200 Members)
Affiliate website Information on educational offerings and state licensure Ability to register and pay online for all events and for discount membership Employment Opportunities page Frequent articles on events / news Sputum Bowl Practitioner bowl “pushed” for more teams 2008 PSRC Member Benefits (3,200 Members)
Students Annual student seminar Student Sputum Bowl winners sent to compete in National SB. Expanded Legislative Activities Very active in AARC 435 Plan and PACT Contracted with well respected lobbying firm Began supporting legislation not RT specific 2008 PSRC Member Benefits (3,200 Members)
Paid Executive Director Published phone & email Responsibilities include website, assisting with all event registration, more… 2008 PSRC Member Benefits (3,200 Members)
More Education + More Advocacy + More Fun = MORE PARTICIPATION! MORE ACTIVITIES! MORE MEMBERS! (Oh….and more revenue!)
Affiliates need to identify someone who will be their membership CHAMPION, not just a “chair”. This is essential! Give your membership champion the tools to do their job. Do something different to attract and retain members! Consider focusing on Education, Advocacy and Fun! Getting It Done…