Welcome to the Champions Chapter of SoCal BNI!

The Champions Chapter of SoCal BNI was founded in April of 2004 and has grown to 32 members! We meet at the Meridian Club in Fullerton, California on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 AM. We would love for you to visit our chapter and consider joining our very diverse and successful group of professionals. For further information, please contact the President, Allen C. Buchanan at 714.564.7104 or email me at abuchanan@lee-associates.com

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

President's Weekly Letter, Champions SoCal BNI

Wooooooooo, CHAMPIONS!!!

The Champions Chapter of SoCal BNI greeted an election day with energy befitting such an historic event!! We welcomed four visitors, Joel Bash from Qualified Business Introductions, Ruth Colwell, our own Clay's "sister", and Clarke Pauley and Linda Rouyer from Source Solution Group. Mark Apicella Jr. from Turn Key Remodel and the Business Connections Chapter subbed for Bo Lowe and our Director, and training expert, Lem Bucago also attended. The room was full of vim and vigor as I "called the Champions!"

EC Moment:

Jim Sando delivered his usually well prepared moment with his point that he now views our chapter members as partners. Jim also unveiled a grid that will track all of our progress in attaining the four star ribbons for Advanced MSPs. Rosanne Grigsby received her four star ribbon to complete the trifecta of leadership team four star recipients. Great job Jim and Rosanne!!

New Member:

I had the pleasure of inducting Maurice Herron from Stratus Building Solutions as our newest Champion! I sponsored Maurice and his visit was a result of a cold call he made on me. I asked how he would like to make that pitch to 30 business people...who wouldn't? Maurice is a snappy dresser who will rival Lem Bucago as the nattiest dresser in SoCal BNI. Welcome Maurice!!

October Winners:

Referrals, Brett Adolph with 9, Visitors, Dr. Paul with 2, and 1-2-1 Meetings, Brett Adolph with 15...Congrats to a new regime...can you say Chapter Star award?? And Sparky went to...wait for it...Jim Sando for the survey and training grid...very positive contribution, Mr. Sando!!


Maurice Herron delivered his first SMM as a member of Champions and won the inaugural "Tobasco" Award for the hottest message! Maurice will start the SMMs next week and will select the "hottest" SMM next week and so on and so on!!...and he approved this message!

VP and Membership:

Greg Beck reported how the Champions fared last month in referrals, 134; 1-2-1 meetings, 165; visitors, 11; and TYFCB, $56, 738...Ka Ching!! One down, Eleven to go to meet those goals!!


Our Director, Lem Bucago presented an in depth message on that crucial "first 15 minutes" of the meeting. You should have a plan, You should decide who to meet, and you should bring your tools...business cards, a big smile, a Champion attitude, your smart phone (for calendaring 1-2-1 meetings), a pen and paper for notes, and a name tag...not a business card holder. Lem also shared with us his time management saying...if you are early, you are on time; if you are on time, you are late; if you are late, you are fired! Thanks for sharing Lem!! It is always a privilege!!


Our new GRC committee chair Michael Figueroa reminded us of the stack day coming up in two weeks.

After a few announcements...especially the upcoming member event on November 12th at the International Conference...the meeting was closed with a quote by John Quincy Adams and an action call to exercise our American right and VOTE!!

Make it a Champion week!!

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