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September 2016
SCAPA Dues Structure to be Modified
By: Ernie Boughman, SCAPA President

Since 2006, the American Planning Association (APA) has encouraged Chapters to update their dues to a percentage of APA membership rates (i.e., which are graduated based on a member’s salary), rather than flat dollar amounts. APA recently placed emphasis on this recommendation by setting a goal of having all Chapters transition to a percentage-based dues structure by the end of 2017. Seventeen Chapters have already adopted a percentage-based structure ranging from 15% to 45% of APA membership rates.

The South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (SCAPA) Executive Committee has considered modification of our dues structure several times since APA first communicated their desire for a change to occur. In the past, the Executive Committee determined to continue with our flat $35.00 per year rate. Recently, the Executive Committee met to revisit this subject and determined that as a representative Chapter of the APA, it is important that we support the larger, parent organization. To that end, the Executive Committee voted to modify SCAPA’s dues structure to a percentage-based system.  Click here to read more about this change, including when it will take effect, and see a comparison of the dues structure.

 

We hope to see you in Augusta at the GPA-SCAPA Joint Fall Conference this week!  Stay updated throughout the conference using our conference hashtag, #GPASCAPAFall2016
Did you miss the conference registration deadline?
You can still attend!  

Simply fill out the paper registration form and bring it, along with payment, to the conference (go to the registration table).

To download the paper registration form, visit this website:
http://scapa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Fall-2016-Conference-Paper-Registration.pdf

October is National Community Planning Month!

The achievements of planners and planning are celebrated in October with National Community Planning Month. This year’s theme is civic engagement, underscoring the necessity of engaging the public, elected officials, and key leaders in discussions that shape the future of our cities.
 
With less than 30 days until the official kickoff of our national observance, we want to know – how are you celebrating the lasting value of planning this October?
 
Use the resources in APA's National Community Planning Month Resource HUB to share with your community, elected officials, and local media the positive impact planning has had on your community. A free recording of APA's webinar on how best to the leverage each of these tools is also available.
 
Planning a community tour, meeting, or special event to mark the occasion? Let us know by sending pictures or updates to Andrea Harris-Long, SCAPA Communications Officer, at aharris@charlestoncounty.org or by tweeting @APA_SC and using the hashtag #planningmonth.  We’d love to highlight your efforts on our website and social media outlets during the month of October and beyond!
 
Learn more about National Community Planning Month at www.planning.org/ncpm.
SCAPA Finance Update
By: Mary Douglas Hirsch, SCAPA Secretary-Treasurer
I am pleased to report that SCAPA continues its strong financial position.  The chapter’s leadership and stewardship continue to guide our chapter forward.  This is an exciting time in SCAPA, and if you haven’t been as involved lately, I encourage you to join us at an upcoming event.  We have three conference opportunities each year, which are all excellent chances to network with fellow planners, catch up on current issues in planning, and be a part of South Carolina’s future. 
 
As your outgoing secretary/treasurer, it has been an honor serving you in this capacity for the past two years.  Thank you to Amy Watts of the Catawba COG for the excellent customer service and finance assistance she provides our chapter.  I am grateful for her attention to detail and preparation of financial statements, audit oversight, etc.  Her dedication has made things move along very smoothly, and I could not have done this job without her!  Thank you, Amy!!
 
In summary, you may view SCAPA’s most recent audit for your information by clicking here.  Feel free to let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks for your membership in SCAPA, and I hope to see you at the fall conference in Augusta!
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