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I am not sure why I paid to be a member of my "local chapter" as the only thing I receive from them are emails asking me to join, (well I already did). When I asked about volunteering and study groups, I am being told there are no study groups and the only volunteering opportunities are "spread the word" about how great PMI and the PMP is. If this is why I paid the extra money, then I am really disappointed. If there is anyone here that can point me in the right direction, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you
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Instead of looking for study groups you could use the discussion forums at Project management.com. Also, the PM challenge served as a great testing tool to sharpen my understanding of the PM concepts. I had resorted to studying on my own, making mistakes in mock tests and learning from them. I had also tried forming a study group but couldn't, so focused on doing it myself. Rita Mulcachy's book is a great one to learn the concepts with Head first PMP a great testing ground.
Hope this helps.
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Not every chapter is similar to the other. Some are small and growing, others are already well established but all I can tell you is that may e you won’t find the specific benefits you are looking for but there might be some other benefits from joining a local chapter.
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Rami made good points. I suppose each chapters maturity level is different. Maybe theoare other benefits to take advantage of. For study groups, try Meetup.com. That is where I find available study groups.
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For me I never pay to local chapter!!! There is no benefit for anything!!! There are many ways to learn courses and attend webinars as free or at least prices!!!!
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Jonathan -

Have you reached out to the Chapter leadership (the Board of Directors) to address your concerns? Every Chapter is accountable to PMI on being able to provide value to their members.

You might find the best way to improve the value proposition is to join their Board - influence improvements from within!

Kiron
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1 reply by Jonathan Salzbrunn
Jul 01, 2018 6:04 PM
Jonathan Salzbrunn
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Mr. Bondale, I have not reached out to the Chapter Leadership, rather the gentleman that sent me an email asking me to pay to be a part of the local chapter. The catcher to this was I paid for the local chapter when I paid PMI for the membership. So, the person that sent me an email should have known I was already a member. When I emailed him and explained this, of course, I never received anything in return. A wasted $30 is what I am gathering from all this. I will reach out to the leadership as you mentioned. Thank you for your advice, I truly appreciate it.
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Jul 01, 2018 5:21 PM
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Jonathan -

Have you reached out to the Chapter leadership (the Board of Directors) to address your concerns? Every Chapter is accountable to PMI on being able to provide value to their members.

You might find the best way to improve the value proposition is to join their Board - influence improvements from within!

Kiron
Mr. Bondale, I have not reached out to the Chapter Leadership, rather the gentleman that sent me an email asking me to pay to be a part of the local chapter. The catcher to this was I paid for the local chapter when I paid PMI for the membership. So, the person that sent me an email should have known I was already a member. When I emailed him and explained this, of course, I never received anything in return. A wasted $30 is what I am gathering from all this. I will reach out to the leadership as you mentioned. Thank you for your advice, I truly appreciate it.
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It is the most important monthly event for me.
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1 reply by Jonathan Salzbrunn
Jul 01, 2018 6:41 PM
Jonathan Salzbrunn
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Mr. Drake,

I would like to add you to my network if possible. I tried sending you a request but it is not going through. Thank you
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Jul 01, 2018 6:37 PM
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It is the most important monthly event for me.
Mr. Drake,

I would like to add you to my network if possible. I tried sending you a request but it is not going through. Thank you
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Jonathan, this is an issue raised by many people who have joined and did not receive the perceived benefits from their local chapter. A constructive way is to get on their bard somehow and make a difference so there is value. That would start with asking members how to improve the experience and measuring the value ongoing.
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Mr. Vergini,
What is the best approach to becoming a board member? I will do my homework and find out the process but if you could guide me in the right direction, I would greatly appreciate it. I am assuming I need to successfully take and pass the PMP exam prior to applying to the board, correct? I have sent out two separate emails asking how I can volunteer for my local chapter and have not received anything in return, other than, spread the word.
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Jul 01, 2018 10:41 PM
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You don't necessarily need a PMP to get on the board, but you do need to get involved with the chapter to increase your influence. This can be very difficult when someone doesn't feel they are getting any benefit or value from the chapter, and that is the catch 22.
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