I joined the AIGA New Orleans chapter board of directors in 2005. Hurricane Katrina hit with great force on August 29 of that year. The aftermath was sad and ugly. Nevertheless, I do recall some revelatory lessons about human compassion, and this is one.
This August 11th, we kicked off our first open board meeting during Happy Hour at Araña Taqueria & Cantina. About a dozen fresh faces joined us, members and nonmembers both, as well as our new chapter leaders making their debut: Matthew Vermeulen (Partnership Director), Joseph Makkos (Special Projects Asset), and RJ Sevin (Video Editor on the Communications team).
This July, we conducted a survey of our members and followers to gather a gamut of metrics which are vital to growing as a chapter, enhancing partnerships and, most importantly, best serving our membership.