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, January 25, 2011

President's Weekly Letter, Champions SoCal BNI

Woooooooo, CHAMPIONS!!

Before I recap today's meeting, I thought you would enjoy the fun that we had last week delivering our SMMs with the "choose your prop" gimmick. A good time (and some very specific asks) was had by all...including the "sheriff's award winning SMM. Enjoy!

The air was full of BNI:

Something was in the air today at the Champions! I don't know if the visit from our new ambassador Bernadette Lazzara accompanied by Director Lem was the reason OR the fact that we hosted four visitors (in addition to Lem and Bernadette) and three subs OR if we were still wound up from last week's SMM competition OR if we are anticipating the beginning of International Networking Week on February 4 OR if we are anxious for the visit from Beachside Business Builders next week OR the seven chapter mixer scheduled for February 11 OR all of the above OR none of the above...but you could FEEL the energy!

Our proudest meeting of the term (IMHO):

We are proud that Gary Lorge is the Champions second two time International Tabasco winner for the "hottest" SMM...definitely not a "one size fits all" introduction, proud that we received two new member apps...one from a category repped by our upcoming stack day (before the day occurred!), proud that the Champions is exceeding its goals of referrals weekly, proud of the wonderful EC moment regarding email etiquette, proud of the keynotes from Vicki (James Kashi spokeswoman) and Bill, quack for me, Edman, proud of the Champion Spark Plug winner Lem Bucago for his mastery of BNI training moderation for the second year running and proud of the job that ALL the Champions did with our SMMs and the Stand and Deliver! In all my months...I have never seen or heard a BETTER display of SMMs...catchy, timely, and specific!! Alrighty then. In short...a VERY proud presidential day! Thanks for letting me be along for the ride today. Flying the plane was effortless!


Bernadette Lazzarra our new ambassador
Lem Bucago our eminent Director
Carmina Perez with FIS Merchant Services (app submitted)
Bonny Thompson with Time Warner Cable (app submitted)
Raymond Nanadiego (he had the last name before Cathy) with Ray-Lite Industries
Jason DePetris, a visiting BNI member from Sunrise BNI and a NY Life agent
Vicki Calhoun, a sub for James Kashi
Jennifer Chinn, a sub for Richard Lane
Janelle Ruck, a sub for Dr. Paul

Thanks visitors, subs, and visiting BNI members! You make the plane fun to fly!

We quoted, adjourned and busied ourselves for the BNI Networking week ahead!

Make it a Champion week, ya'll!

My best to you,


1 comment:

  1. Ray had so many good things to say about the meeting! I truly miss all of you and am proud to be a Champion alumni!