BNI Embarcadero Newsletter November 2009

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BNI Embarcadero
Dear Member,

If you ever have relevant news, a BNI success story, or a social event update for the next issue, email it to gil [at] zeimer [dot] com. Thanks, Gil, Editor in Chief

Who’s New, Who’s Up & Who’s Out: Membership Report
In September, October and the first week of November, we’ll have inducted eight new members. That’s got to be a record, even for our chapter.

Recent winners for the most “Go For The Gold” one-on-one dance cards was Lauren Deane Evans, Cindy Henderson, and Noah Stolmaker. They have each earned a free month of breakfast dues.

Our newest members:

Please make arrangements to have one-on-ones with all of these new members.

These members renewed in October and November:
Colleen O’Connor, Richard Reinhold, Isabella Schwarzinger, Wayne Allen Cameron and Joe Danielladats.

These members are due to renew soon:
John Kalin (December 1) and Kate Antonini (January 1).

Membership Drive
Our Membership Drive continues. If you bring a guest, and he/she becomes a member, you will receive two months’ free dues. If you happen to owe the chapter for past dues, this can be applied to that debt.

BNI Embarcadero Octoberfest Visitor’s Day Recap
By Gil Zeimer

We had them at “Wilkommen.”

From the moment Herr Richard Reinholdt started singing “Wilkommen”, the audience of 90 members, visitors, and guests were enraptured. One visitor said, “I’m ready to drink the Kool-Aid now!”

Our Visitor’s Day to celebrate BNI Embarcadero’s 13th anniversary was an overwhelming success. Ed Craine, SF Regional Director, praised our efforts. I want to put the spotlight on President Seth Tajbakhsh who did a great job as Master of Ceremonies and recognized our marketing team for a job well done. Multiple BNI members of other chapters were amazed at how entertaining our presentation was.

Only time will tell how many new members we’ll get out of this Visitor Day. But I’m so proud to be part of an organization where each member so freely shared his and her successes over the years during the Testimonials and Referrals part of our meeting. Those word-of-mouth advertising messages were so heartfelt that I couldn’t have written them better myself.

Again, here’s a recap of Seth’s email thanking everyone:

Wow! What a meeting. I want to thank everyone who was involved in organizing the meeting today. Both Gil and I received many compliments from members and visitors today. Special thanks goes to (in no particular order):

  • Gil Zeimer who was the mastermind behind this meeting with his lyrics for the songs
  • Richard Reinholdt, Joe Danielladats, and Kathy Olberts for singing and keeping us entertained
  • Ezra Palmer-Persen for doing a great job spinning and keeping the energy consistent with background music, even as visitors entered the room at 6:30am!
  • Gabriel Gasca for producing a great marketing video
  • The Visitor Host team for getting people in, paid and situated smoothly
  • Bradley Charbonneau for helping with the Evite, website, and posting the new video to our site on 10/29
  • Jenny Appel for coordinating with the restaurant
  • Mischa Purcell for providing us with his A/V equipment
  • Additional helpers (lots of you guys) for showing up early to help with setup
  • Marty Wall for his cartoon on the Evite
  • Andy Foster for printing the T-shirts with our new logo on them
  • Lauren Deane for designing the signage and handouts
  • Kevin Casey – BNI Embarcadero history
  • Ed Craine – BNI presentation

I want to salute each of you members for becoming BNI Ambassadors for our chapter’s continued growth and success by giving such great testimonials to entice visitors to join. Gil said he gave out at least eight applications today, so we’ll see who joins in the coming weeks and months.

We are, as advertised, The Best Damn Chapter. Anywhere!

PS: Two applications went to BNI members of a chapter in Marin who now want to transfer to BNI Embarcadero. Others went to guests who had been invited by members of our chapter.

PPS: Ezra Palmer-Persen emailed this: Thanks to you guys for letting me participate. Your chapter is totally great. It was a fabulous event! I can only imagine that all the visitors wanted to join.

Chapter Openings
We currently have an opening for each of these categories in our Top Ten List:

  1. Ecommerce Expert
  2. Email Marketing Specialist
  3. Furniture Sales
  4. Hair Stylist
  5. Handyman
  6. Mac Computer Repair
  7. Marketing Strategist/Consultant
  8. Moving Coordinator
  9. Office Supplies/Paper Supply Rep
  10. Relationship Therapist

View the updated list at the Openings page of the BNI Embarcadero website.

Step Up To The Mike: Speakers Schedule
The schedule for our upcoming thespians is always listed at the Speakers’ Page of the BNI Embarcadero Website. Jerry Becerra will attempt to have a Power Team speak whenever he can.

November 4
Jerry Becerra, Skip Dion, Brian Pensack.

November 11
Katherine Bernitt, Julia Ten Eyck, Richard Reinholdt.

Taking Care of Business: VP Report Through October 29, 2009

  • Referrals Passed in 2008: 2,329
  • Referrals Passed 1/1 – 10/29/09: 2,241
  • Average attendance: 92%
  • Number of members: 58
  • Closed business, YTD (1/1 – 10/29/09): $874,477
  • Closed business, Last Term (4/1/09 – 10/1/09): $579,676
  • Closed business, 2008: $1,367,360
  • Closed business, 2007  $1,285,665

REMINDER: Only report the Closed Business revenue you personally received from BNI Embarcadero members and referrals or other chapters to our VP, Ron Micuch.
For those of you who close large contracts and receive a commission on the total amount of revenue, please submit only the amount of commission or revenue you received or will receive, not the amount of the total contract. AND PLEASE USE ONLY ONE “CLOSED BUSINESS” SLIP PER MEETING.

NEW POLICY ON REPORTINGCLOSED BUSINESS: You can now report Closed Business for the previous month only through the first Wednesday of the next month. After that, it’s the new month’s Closed Business. For example, Wed., November 4th was the last day to report closed business for October 2009. After that, any income you receive through referrals will be counted as November income.

Party Central: Social Events Calendar
A holiday party is being planned. Details to come from Angela Warren and her party planning team!

September & October Subs & Visitors
SUBS & VISITORS: Too numerous to mention.
To contact any of the visitors or subs, please ask Dan Chomko for their contact info.

Scheduled Power Team Meetings
Legal Power Team (Chair: Bob Gates), Next meeting: TBD.

Financial (Chair: Kevin Casey) Next meeting: TBD.

Marketing Makeover (Chair: Gil Zeimer) Next meeting: TBD.

To create or expand a Power Team, speak with Bart Saling.


Other Stuff: Miscellaneous News & Announcements

Using The Comments Feature on The BNI Embarcadero Site to Write Testimonials. See Example.

Finally: Please keep your contact info up to date on the BNI site. Lots of members–and potential clients–use this site to find names and number and email addresses. Here’s how.

Why do you think this page is the most popular page of the BNI Embarcadero site?

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2 thoughts on “BNI Embarcadero Newsletter November 2009

  1. JC Avakian says:

    Good afternoon Bradley,

    I just wanted to give you some great feedback about the awesome and detailed newsletter. I just spoke with Gil telling him how effective it is to have a newsletter so detailed (I kind of like the no pictures thing) like this. Gil is following up with another prospective member who looks to join our chapter-this conversation was trigger by this edition’s newsletter.

    I think you guys don’t get enough credit for all your work and just wanted to say thanks.

    All the best,


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