Contributed by Crystal Wallace, CAE
Renewal, rebuilding, and looking to the future represent the core goals embraced by CAI chapters. Over the past year, our 64 chapters have adopted new programs and services and welcomed back members to traditional events and opportunities.
CAI chapters are introducing more digital content and delivery and invested in operational tools to cement new systems. We continue to collaborate, learn, and grow in tremendous ways. With creativity, positivity, diplomacy, and integrity, CAI chapters continue to rise to challenges such as inflation, supply chain issues, and increased demands.
Our talented chapter executive directors and dedicated chapter leaders are helping CAI succeed on the local level. Here are a few highlights of our collective accomplishments:
- Our 64 chapters represent more than 44,000 members around the country and the world.
- Over the past year, 83% of our chapters experienced a net growth in membership, with 14 chapters growing more than 10% and three chapters growing more than 20%.
- CAI chapters include more than 500 volunteers as chapter board members. Twenty percent are homeowners, 39% managers, and 41% business partners.
- Chapters provide volunteer opportunities to approximately 3,000 members serving on more than 350 committees nationally and around the globe.
- In 2022, CAI chapters collectively held nearly 600 in-person education programs and more than 350 in-person networking events.
- Chapters engaged members in a virtual environment, resulting in chapter members spending more than 4.5 million minutes on Zoom in 2022.
- CAI chapters supported 37 state legislative action committees. LACs have more than 600 active volunteers and partnered to provide updates on more than 2,400 state bills. Notable legislative initiatives in 2022 include virtual meetings, condominium safety reserve studies, funding, and building inspections, a simplified process for removal of discriminatory restrictive covenants, and disaster relief.
- Sixty chapters are on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, and TikTok.
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion continue to be a focus for CAI and its chapters, with several adopting a DEI statement.
- Many chapters reported an increase in sponsorship sales and registration fees leading to pre-pandemic revenue streams.
Chapters are what make CAI great. Through flexibility, sharing, innovation, and the implementation of new ideas, we’ve accomplished so much. In 2023, CAI chapters anticipate continued growth in all areas and more evolution moving forward.
Crystal Wallace is CAI’s senior vice president of membership and chapter relations.
>>Read more about the accomplishments from CAI’s chapters over the past year.
Photo caption: CAI chapter leaders meet at the CAI Annual Conference and Exposition: Community NOW in Orlando, Fla., in 2022. From left to right: Laura McDermott, CAI Western Oregon Chapter executive director; Richard Salvatore, CAI Nevada Chapter president; Chris Snow, CAI Nevada Chapter executive director; and Cathy Roth-Johnson, CAI Heartland Chapter executive director.