January 2011 I attended my first NPPA Board meeting in Durham. After being an NPPA member from 1964 (with a brief time off in 1975) this was certainly eye-opening.
I was asked to recruit a director for Region Four. Jim Bye, from Western Kentucky University, accepted the challenge and later agreed to be the Regional Rep. All at my urging.
I also encouraged Region Five director Phil Greer to take up the torch and lead his region. He's been active in pushing the SIU photojournalism students with their student chapter.
Over the past year I've spent a great deal of time talking to many who have dropped their NPPA membership. I can't say how many renewed but I feel confident that some did. The primary concern is the cost of membership and I pointed out the many benefits membership offers.
I participated in the two day summer board meeting via the Internet.
In October I was a guest speaker at Ohio University and used the opportunity to tout the benefits of NPPA membership.
NPPA does not owe me any expense money.
J. Bruce Baumann