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21 High-Performing SME Chapters Recognized

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DEARBORN, Mich., May 26, 2013 — SME is pleased to announce the winners of its Annual Chapter Award Recognition. Twenty-one high-performing chapters were recognized for meeting standards of success set by SME’s Chapter Enhancement Committee

Winners were awarded gold, silver or bronze status based on four categories of success: advancement of manufacturing, merit, professional development, and communication to members and the community. Requirements for the categories range from interaction with other chapters and community outreach to maintaining current websites and social media pages. The following chapters achieved success on various levels.

Gold Status (success in three categories):

  • Chicago Chapter 5
  • Elmira Chapter 24 (New York)
  • Kansas City Chapter 57 (Kansas)


Silver Status (success in two categories)

  • Cleveland Chapter 3
  • Seattle Chapter 39
  • Silicon Valley Chapter 98 (California)
  • Greater Charleston Chapter 430 (South Carolina) 


Bronze Status (success in one category):

  • Hartford Chapter 7 (Connecticut)
  • Columbus Chapter 36 (Ohio)
  • Wichita Chapter 52 (Kansas)
  • Atlanta Chapter 61
  • Madison Chapter 75 (Wisconsin)
  • Memphis Chapter 105 (Tennessee)
  • Ozark Chapter 139 (Missouri)
  • Lexington Chapter 154 (Kentucky)
  • Southern Piedmont Chapter 182 (North Carolina)
  • Orange Coast Chapter 233 (California)
  • Northeast Arkansas Chapter 246
  • Mid-Missouri Chapter 287
  • Southern New Hampshire Chapter 327
  • North Bay Chapter 431 (California)  


Recognition for these chapters includes an emblem for their websites, a certificate and a write-up in SME Speaks and the SME Member Newsletter.

The Annual Chapter Award Recognition was launched in February 2011 by the Chapter Enhancement Committee, with 14 chapters receiving awards and 18 receiving awards in 2012 for achieving chapter success. The committee plays a key role in membership engagement. Some responsibilities include providing continuous improvement suggestions for volunteer leadership development and ensuring senior chapters work collaboratively with student chapters to provide the ability to share knowledge and enhance the member experience.

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About SME:
SME is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events, activities and online training division, Tooling U, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technologies and to the most up-to-date manufacturing processes. SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of chapters and technical communities. A 501(c)3 organization, SME is a leader in manufacturing workforce development issues, working with industry, academic and government partners to support the current and future skilled workforce.

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