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3rd Quarter Blue Chip

View the 3rd Quarter Blue Chip Report here.

The quarterly Blue Chip Report chronicles the membership development of each AMBUCS Chapter and of the organization as a whole. The data contained in the report is gathered from the chapters via the Member Additions and Member Deletions Forms.

In order to encourage a sustained level of growth, each chapter is assigned a yearly net member gain goal based on the number of members at start-of-year.

Those chapters that reach their goal at end-of-year become a Blue Chip Chapter and receive recognition at National Conference and a banner patch. Chapters are ranked by net new members gained and the Top Ten chapters receive recognition at National Conference and a banner patch. Chapters that have achieved Blue Chip status two years in a row are called Double Chip, three years Triple Chip, four years Quad Chip; they will each receive recognition at National Conference and a banner patch.

Fall Branding

Report: Branding Time 2020 – Top Spread

What a beautiful sight! Nine Trail Boss certificates recognizing nine chapter presidents for membership growth during Fall Branding. To earn one of these spiffy certificates, the chapter must net at least five new members over a two-month period. Drum roll, please…

American Business Club of Springfield was at the top for Branding Time and continues to lead the organization in membership growth. Trailing just behind them was the Charity Angels followed by Enid Noon Ambucs.

Sullivan, IL AMBUCS Chapter didn’t stop after Fall Branding. They submitted four new member applications today!! They tied with Mountain Metro AMBUCS and Longview Ambucs.

Great Plains Ambucs is a leader in membership growth this year. They rounded out the list with Greenebucs and Charm City Trykers! Charm City is one of our youngest chapters and will celebrate their 2nd anniversary this March. They doubled their membership during Fall Branding!

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2nd Quarter Blue Chip

2nd Quarter Blue Chip

The quarterly Blue Chip Report chronicles the membership development of each AMBUCS Chapter and of the organization as a whole. The data contained in the report is gathered from the chapters via the Member Additions and Member Deletions Forms.

In order to encourage a sustained level of growth, each chapter is assigned a yearly net member gain goal based on the number of members at start-of-year.

Those chapters that reach their goal at end-of-year become a Blue Chip Chapter and receive recognition at National Conference and a banner patch.  Chapters are ranked by net new members gained and the Top Ten chapters receive recognition at National Conference and a banner patch. Chapters that have achieved Blue Chip status two years in a row are called Double Chip, three years Triple Chip, four years Quad Chip; they will each receive recognition at National Conference and a banner patch.

2nd Quarter Scorecard

2nd Quarter Scorecard

The quarterly Scorecard Report chronicles the goals achieved by each AMBUCS chapter. The points tallied in the report are gathered from the chapters via the Chapter Scorecard 1st Quarter (due Sept 10), Chapter Scorecard 2nd Quarter (due Dec 10), Chapter Scorecard 3rd Quarter (due March 10), and Chapter Scorecard 4th Quarter (due June 10) Forms. This is an entirely voluntary program. You can access the scorecard forms via the Forms page.

Using the Scorecard forms for yearly and quarterly planning helps keep a chapter on track for success. It also recognizes chapters who have gone above and beyond to achieve the highest levels of success.

The National President awards citations for Merit, Honor, and Superior Chapters at the National Conference each year. Each chapter scoring 350 points for the year earns Merit Chapter status and a banner medallion; 450 points earns Honor Chapter status and a banner medallion; and 550 points earns Superior Chapter status, a banner medallion and a watch for the Chapter President. A chapter can earn with Distinction status by also chartering a new chapter during the year.

Where We’re Supposed to Be

-Cheryl Freedman, Daniel’s mom

We are placed where we need to be…

Daniel and I, along with a friend and her son, were seated behind a random bunch of Ambucs at a Pittsburgh Steelers game.

We were where we were supposed to be…

Daniel forgot his “Terrible Towel” and one of the nice Ambucs named Donna Carlton-Vish loaned him hers so he could rev up the crowd in our section.

Daniel was supposed to forget his towel…

So a conversation would start.

They were where they were supposed to be…

This conversation grew into who the Ambucs are and what they do.  This led to a question from Donna, “Can Daniel ride a bike? Would he ride if he felt comfortable and secure?”  I indicated that he never felt balanced enough as he has had over eleven surgeries and procedures on his right hip.  We asked Daniel and he said wasn’t sure if he wanted to ride.  Donna continued to talk to him about the special Amtryke that would be made just for him. She asked Aimee Carter if she would be willing to fit him. Amy said, “Of course I will!”  Daniel was convinced and said he would try out the bike.

Aimee and Donna were where they were supposed to be…

A few days later, we went downtown and met up with the fine folks from AMBUCS. Aimee put Daniel on an Amtryke and, WOW – the smiles came immediately.  He rode all around the room chasing his Dad, laughing loudly.

Dad was supposed to be there… 

Wonderful things continued to happen. Suddenly we had a sponsor for the Amtryke, Danville AMBUCS. We discovered that it could be assembled and delivered on Saturday when everyone else was to receive their Amtrykes. A whole team of Ambucs, whose names we do not know, made all of this happen. We were able to pay this gift forward with a donation, allowing our benefactor to use that money to sponsor another rider.

They were all where they were supposed to be…

Daniel received an Amtryke, and a new way to get around – who knew?!

All because we were where we were supposed to be….

Note: The Winter 2019 issue of AMBUCS Magazine ended up being extremely tight and this wonderful story lost all of its great pictures. They’re added here for you to enjoy.