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Multiple chapter memberships?
Dear colleagues,

I British but I am based in Japan and I recently joined up with the PMI Japan Chapter. The company that I work for has its head office in the US so I am quite a spread out person.

Is it possible or even advisable to join up with chapters that are outside of where I am geographically based? Do any of my seniors have any experience with this?

Thanks,

Anthony
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There is nothing that prevent's to contribute to multiple chapters and join up several also. Aside that being member of a chapter only to contribute with the required fee and not be engaged in nothing else is like being in a debate without saying a word. I think is important to engage with the chapter activities independent of our level of expertise or inexperience, all of us has always something that can give, or doing volunteer work, writing papers , participate in the several meetings in the chapter and receive from the chapter. Doing all this in multiple chapters probably is harder, if not impossible, you even can be volunteer in a chapter sometimes depending of the work without being member of that chapter.
Adapting this to your problem, i see no harm in belong to the PMI Japan Chapter, if your work is divided by UK and Japan, in this case i only see advantages because you are able to experiment the culture differences and the impact that difference has in project management and by my experience that i also works in a Japanese company this differences are many. The potentialities of benefit with the inter-cultural awareness and promote this cultural differences, and exchange experiences in project management area can only enrich you as a project manager, and as a leader taking into account cultural differences. (The funny thing is that in two weeks i have to go to Japan because our company organizes a annual gathering to promote inter-cultural collaboration and ways to bring that to the daily work).
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1 reply by Anthony Swain, PhD, PMP
Sep 22, 2019 6:15 AM
Anthony Swain, PhD, PMP
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Thank you very much for the reply Alexandre. Some good food for thought here.

My work isn't divided between the UK and Japan. I am based in Japan but I work as a coordinator in the Asia Pacific Region. My work touches a lot of places but I am physically based in Japan. Being British I thought it may be good to contribute to the UK chapter in terms of volunteer opportunities (since not much is posted by the Japan chapter in terms of volunteer opportunities in comparison to the UK chapter). I'm not sure if it would be feasible to keep shelling out $50 every time I wanted to join a new chapter.

I am very interested in international communication and collaboration however. There could be something here. :)
Sep 22, 2019 5:54 AM
Replying to Alexandre Costa
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There is nothing that prevent's to contribute to multiple chapters and join up several also. Aside that being member of a chapter only to contribute with the required fee and not be engaged in nothing else is like being in a debate without saying a word. I think is important to engage with the chapter activities independent of our level of expertise or inexperience, all of us has always something that can give, or doing volunteer work, writing papers , participate in the several meetings in the chapter and receive from the chapter. Doing all this in multiple chapters probably is harder, if not impossible, you even can be volunteer in a chapter sometimes depending of the work without being member of that chapter.
Adapting this to your problem, i see no harm in belong to the PMI Japan Chapter, if your work is divided by UK and Japan, in this case i only see advantages because you are able to experiment the culture differences and the impact that difference has in project management and by my experience that i also works in a Japanese company this differences are many. The potentialities of benefit with the inter-cultural awareness and promote this cultural differences, and exchange experiences in project management area can only enrich you as a project manager, and as a leader taking into account cultural differences. (The funny thing is that in two weeks i have to go to Japan because our company organizes a annual gathering to promote inter-cultural collaboration and ways to bring that to the daily work).
Thank you very much for the reply Alexandre. Some good food for thought here.

My work isn't divided between the UK and Japan. I am based in Japan but I work as a coordinator in the Asia Pacific Region. My work touches a lot of places but I am physically based in Japan. Being British I thought it may be good to contribute to the UK chapter in terms of volunteer opportunities (since not much is posted by the Japan chapter in terms of volunteer opportunities in comparison to the UK chapter). I'm not sure if it would be feasible to keep shelling out $50 every time I wanted to join a new chapter.

I am very interested in international communication and collaboration however. There could be something here. :)
You can join any PMI chapter you want.
I chose to be a member of the chapters where I live and / or I volunteer
I am not sure I understand what you are looking for - become a chapter member or take on a volunteer role?

If you are looking for a volunteer role, you can search in the VRMS (Membership, volunteering on pmi.org), where all volunteer roles are posted. You can also create a profile, based on your interests and register to receive notifications when a suitable one is posted.

There are also global volunteer roles, done virtually.
With regards to membership to multiple PMI chapters, I agree it can be quite costly.

I am taking part in a program at PMI European level at the moment, where one of the projects is ECC (European Chapter Collaboration) Passport Plus, which gives PMI members in Europe to attend PMI events when they visit other countries within Europe.

Would be nice to have something like this at a global level.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Oct 19, 2019 3:45 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Milena
It is an excellent idea.
Are the events organized by the chapters free?
Oct 19, 2019 3:35 PM
Replying to Milena Ilieva
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With regards to membership to multiple PMI chapters, I agree it can be quite costly.

I am taking part in a program at PMI European level at the moment, where one of the projects is ECC (European Chapter Collaboration) Passport Plus, which gives PMI members in Europe to attend PMI events when they visit other countries within Europe.

Would be nice to have something like this at a global level.
Dear Milena
It is an excellent idea.
Are the events organized by the chapters free?
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1 reply by Milena Ilieva
Oct 21, 2019 9:36 AM
Milena Ilieva
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Hi Luis,
One should be PMI Chapter member in his/her home country, and then will be able to attend other countries' events for free, when on a business trip or short visit to the other country. The idea is knowledge sharing, networking for the minimum price possible, or no price at all if you already pay annual membership, for the PMI members. I think this is one wonderful idea.
Anthony,

Would your company cover your chapter membership costs? Most multinational organizations offer such perks - particularly to employees working overseas.
Oct 19, 2019 3:45 PM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Milena
It is an excellent idea.
Are the events organized by the chapters free?
Hi Luis,
One should be PMI Chapter member in his/her home country, and then will be able to attend other countries' events for free, when on a business trip or short visit to the other country. The idea is knowledge sharing, networking for the minimum price possible, or no price at all if you already pay annual membership, for the PMI members. I think this is one wonderful idea.
Yes, it certainly benefits, especially if you are living in the specific region that is outside your native region. The only reason we need to be affiliated or associated is to ensure that we are upto speed and on the same page as others on the trends on Project Management. Therefore it is essential to be on the forum or chapters where you currently live.
Makes complete sense. I'm a member of two chapters in different continents and I contribute to them as well

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