BNI Leadership Manual

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Leadership Team Manual/ Chapter Operations Manual

Revised September 20, 2019

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This Leadership Team Manual is designed to provide an orientation regarding the basic policies, procedures, premises and program of the BNI® System. Throughout this document, references made to a Director may refer to a Director, Director Consultant, Area Director, Sr. Director Consultant, Regional Director, Franchisee (Executive Director) or Master Franchisee (National Director). However, nothing contained herein shall change or impact the relationship the Directors have with BNI® (where applicable) or the Franchisee.

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Table of Contents

1.0 BNI® Overview ...............................................................................................................1

  1. 1.1.  How to Use this Leadership Team Manual .............................................................1
  2. 1.2.  History of the Organization ..................................................................................... 1
  3. 1.3.  BNI® Philosophy & Principles..................................................................................1
    1. 1.3.1.  Philosophy ............................................................................................... 1
    2. 1.3.2.  Mission Statement....................................................................................2
    3. 1.3.3.  Vision ....................................................................................................... 2
    4. 1.3.4.  BNI® Core Values.....................................................................................2
    5. 1.3.5.  BNI® Code of Ethics ................................................................................. 2
    6. 1.3.6.  General Policies ....................................................................................... 3
    7. 1.3.7.  Administrative Policies ............................................................................. 4
    8. 1.3.8.  Program Guidelines ................................................................................. 5
    9. 1.3.9.  The Importance of Upholding BNI® Policies .............................................6
  4. 1.4.  Frequently Asked Questions about Membership..................................................... 6

2.0 BNI

Weekly Chapter Meeting Agenda ........................................................................ 10

  1. 2.1.  Meeting Agenda Outline ....................................................................................... 10
  2. 2.2.  Meeting Agenda Detail .........................................................................................11
  3. 2.3.  Large Chapter Agenda Adjustments ..................................................................... 15
  4. 2.4.  Chapter Organizational Chart ............................................................................... 16

3.0 Chapter Processes......................................................................................................17

  1. 3.1.  Growth..................................................................................................................17
  2. 3.2.  Member Development .......................................................................................... 18
  3. 3.3.  Retention of Members .......................................................................................... 19

4.0 Monthly Chapter Success Meeting ............................................................................ 20

  1. 4.1.  Agenda and Instructions ....................................................................................... 20 4.1.1. Attendees...............................................................................................20 4.1.2. Preparation for the Meeting....................................................................20 4.1.3. Agenda ..................................................................................................20
  2. 4.2.  Chapter Success Meeting Form ........................................................................... 23

5.0 President......................................................................................................................25

  1. 5.1.  Blended Learning Plan ......................................................................................... 25
  2. 5.2.  President Checklist of Responsibilities ................................................................. 25
  3. 5.3.  Chapter Supplies .................................................................................................. 27
  4. 5.4.  Weekly Follow-Up & Reminder Email Communication..........................................27
  5. 5.5.  Meeting Themes...................................................................................................27
    1. 5.5.1.  Annual Theme Calendar (Sample) ......................................................... 28
    2. 5.5.2.  Annual Theme Calendar ........................................................................29
  6. 5.6.  Chapter Meeting Venue........................................................................................30

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6.0 Vice President ............................................................................................................. 31

6.1. Blended Learning Plan ......................................................................................... 31 6.2. Vice President Checklist of Responsibilities.......................................................... 31 6.3. Taking Attendance................................................................................................32

7.0 Membership Committee..............................................................................................34

  1. 7.1.  Membership Committee Chairs ............................................................................ 34
  2. 7.2.  Membership Committee Report ............................................................................ 34
  3. 7.3.  Weekly Membership Committee Check-Ins .......................................................... 35

7.4. Quality 7.4.1.

7.4.2. 7.4.3. 7.4.4. 7.4.5. 7.4.6.

Assurance Chair ....................................................................................... 35 Blended Learning Plan ........................................................................... 35 Checklist of Responsibilities ................................................................... 35 New Membership Application Review Process.......................................36 Reasons to Decline an Application ......................................................... 45 Transferring Members ............................................................................ 45 Member Transfer Form .......................................................................... 46

7.5. Member 7.5.1.

7.5.2. 7.5.3. 7.5.4. 7.5.5.

Engagement Chair .................................................................................. 47 Blended Learning Plan ........................................................................... 47 Checklist of Responsibilities ................................................................... 47 The Seven-Month Check-In ................................................................... 47 Seven-Month Check-In Form ................................................................. 49 Perform Coaching Moments...................................................................49

7.6. Community Building Chair .................................................................................... 50

  1. 7.6.1.  Blended Learning Plan ........................................................................... 50
  2. 7.6.2.  Checklist of Responsibilities ................................................................... 50
  3. 7.6.3.  Identify & Communicate the Top Ten Professional Classifications .........51
  4. 7.6.4.  Contact Sphere List 8 in 6 ...................................................................... 52
  5. 7.6.5.  Implementing the Attendance Policy ...................................................... 53
  6. 7.6.6.  Certificate of Credit/Medical Leave of Absence ...................................... 53
  7. 7.6.7.  Request for Certificate of Credit or Medical Leave ................................. 54
  1. 7.7.  Member
    1. 7.7.1.  Blended Learning Plan ........................................................................... 55
    2. 7.7.2.  Checklist of Responsibilities ................................................................... 55
    3. 7.7.3.  Evaluating Member Complaints.............................................................. 55
    4. 7.7.4.  Member Complaint Processing Checklist ............................................... 58
  2. 7.8.  Accountability Letters............................................................................................ 60

8.0 Secretary/Treasurer ....................................................................................................61

8.1. 8.2. 8.3. 8.4.

Blended Learning Plan ......................................................................................... 61 Secretary/Treasurer Checklist of Responsibilities ................................................. 61 Payments for Applications (New & Renewals) ...................................................... 63 Monthly Membership Dues Report........................................................................ 63

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Relations Chair ....................................................................................... 55

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  1. 8.5.  Speaker Rotation Schedule .................................................................................. 64
  2. 8.6.  Bank Accounts for Non-BNI®–Related Activities ................................................... 65
    1. 8.6.1.  Opening Non-BNI®–Related Activities Bank Accounts (USA) ................. 65
    2. 8.6.2.  Open a Non-Interest-Bearing Checking Account....................................67

9.0 Visitor Hosts ................................................................................................................ 68

  1. 9.1.  Blended Learning Plan ......................................................................................... 68
  2. 9.2.  Visitor Host Team Checklist of Responsibilities ....................................................68
  3. 9.3.  Definitions............................................................................................................. 69
  4. 9.4.  Visitor Sign-In Sheet ............................................................................................. 71
  5. 9.5.  Visitor Orientation ................................................................................................. 729.5.1. Visitor Orientation Outline ......................................................................72

    9.5.2. Chapter Visit Feedback Form – Excerpt.................................................74

  6. 9.6.  Visitor Host—Follow-Up Specialist........................................................................ 74
  7. 9.7.  Converting a Visitor to Member Touchpoints ........................................................76

10.0 Education Coordinator ............................................................................................... 77

10.1. Blended Learning Plan .........................................................................................77 10.2. Education Coordinator Checklist of Responsibilities ............................................. 77 10.3. The Process .........................................................................................................78 10.4. How to Create a Great Networking Education Moment.........................................78 10.5. Rate Your Chapter................................................................................................80

11.0 Mentor Coordinator ..................................................................................................... 82

  1. 11.1.  Blended Learning Plan .........................................................................................82
  2. 11.2.  Mentor Coordinator Checklist of Responsibilities..................................................82
  3. 11.3.  Building the Mentoring Team................................................................................83
    1. 11.3.1.  Attributes of Good Member Mentors.......................................................83
    2. 11.3.2.  Member Mentor Worksheet....................................................................84
    3. 11.3.3.  Training Member Mentors ......................................................................85
  4. 11.4.  BNI Passport Instructions .....................................................................................85
    1. 11.4.1.  Mentor Coordinator Welcomes New Members.......................................85
    2. 11.4.2.  Assign the Names of the Member Mentors.............................................85
    3. 11.4.3.  Instructions for Using the Passport.........................................................85
    4. 11.4.4.  Check-In and Follow-Up.........................................................................86

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1.0 BNI® Overview

1.1. How to Use this Leadership Team Manual

Welcome to the updated version of the BNI Leadership Team Manual. All your Leadership Team Support material in one location! This PDF is searchable; you can also click links in the Table of Contents as well as throughout the document to quickly take you to respective sections.

This Leadership Team Manual can either be printed as one complete document or separated by role where you can add a respective manual cover for each role. All documents can be downloaded from BNI® University.

1.2. History of the Organization

Dr. Ivan Misner was a management consultant when he started the organization in 1985. He worked with companies that needed assistance in strategic planning and organizational development. As a business consultant, he received most of his business through referrals. However, he was not satisfied with the types of business groups that existed and he put together a networking group that was structured, focused on doing business and had an emphasis on positive reinforcement and support.

® That organization became BNI .

To learn the entire history of BNI® globally and in your country, you can find an electronic copy of Givers Gain®: The BNI® Story on BNI® University under Training > Courses or in your Member Success Kit you received upon induction.

Dr. Ivan Misner is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of BNI®, and is also an author, humanitarian and expert in the field of business networking. Dr. Misner travels the world discussing referral networking and personal and professional development. He has been featured in the New York Times, the L.A. Times, the Wall Street Journal and on networks such as CNN and MSNBC. Named “One of the Top Networkers to Follow” by Forbes Magazine, Dr. Misner has written over 21 books and has taught business management at several universities. In 2016, Dr. Misner was awarded the John C. Maxwell Leadership Award. He is also the past recipient of the Red Cross “Humanitarian of the Year” award and is the co-founder of the BNI® Foundation. Dr. Misner also sits on the University of La Verne Board of Trustees. When Dr. Misner isn’t traveling or giving speeches, he enjoys spending time with his wife Elisabeth on Lake Austin and exploring vineyards across the globe.

1.3. BNI® Philosophy & Principles

1.3.1. Philosophy

Success in BNI® means you need to be a positive and supportive Member of an organization based upon mutual support. This requires commitment to your fellow Members as well as to the philosophy of Givers Gain®. By giving business to others, you will get business in return.

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1.3.2. Mission Statement

Our mission is to help Members increase their business through a structured, positive and professional referral program that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals.

1.3.3. Vision

BNI®’s Vision statement is Changing the Way the World Does Business®

1.3.4. BNI® Core Values

  1. Givers Gain®
  2. Building Relationships
  3. Lifelong Learning
  4. Traditions + Innovation
  5. Positive Attitude
  6. Accountability
  7. Recognition

1.3.5. BNI® Code of Ethics

When evaluating Members, please apply the following BNI Code of Ethics to the various situations. This is not meant to be a list of specifics but can be applied in principle to almost any conflict or complaint.

Upon acceptance to BNI®, I agree to abide by the following BNI Code of Ethics during the service of my participation in the organization:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

I will provide the quality of services at the price I have quoted.
I will be truthful with the members and their referrals.
I will build goodwill and trust among members and their referrals. I will take responsibility for following up on the referrals I receive. I will display a positive and supportive attitude.
I will live up to the ethical standards of my profession. *

*Professional standards outlined in a formal code of conduct for any profession supersede the above standards.

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1.3.6. General Policies

Member polices were created and are maintained by the International Board of Advisors. It is the responsibility of the Membership Committee to ensure these policies are upheld in the Territory consistently through the Membership Committee of the Chapter.

  1. Only one person from each professional classification is permitted to join a chapter of BNI®. Membership Committees of each chapter have final authority related to classification conflicts.
  2. Members must represent their primary occupation, not a part-time business.
  3. The weekly meetings last for 90 minutes. Members need to arrive on time and stay for the entiremeeting.
  4. An individual member cannot be in a second BNI Chapter nor in any other group that allows only one person per profession and whose primary purpose is to pass referrals to one another, because it substantially reduces their commitment to the chapter members. Membership Committees must enforce this policy.
  5. Attendance is critical to the group. If a member cannot attend, they may send a substitute (not a member of your chapter) to the meeting. This will not count as an absence. A member is allowed three absences within a rolling six-month period. More than this and the member’s classification is subject to being opened by the chapter’s Membership Committee.
  6. Members are required to bring bona-fide referrals and/or visitors to their chapter of BNI®. Chapters may establish a minimum number of referrals and/or visitors that is acceptable to maintain membership.
  7. Visitors may attend chapter meetings up to two times.
  8. Speakers must bring a door prize. Only members bringing a visitor or a referral are eligible for the door prize.
  9. There are no leaves of absence except for medical leaves. A member may take up to eight weeks’ medical leave with the Membership Committee’s prior approval if fees are pre-paid for that period of time and they attempt to have someone “fill in” during their leave.
  10. It is the member’s responsibility to file a concern with the Membership Committee of their chapter if a visitor "who submits an application in any way conflicts with their classification." This should be done before the visitor is approved for membership. If there are no complaints, the Membership Committee will assume their consent.
  11. Members who wish to change their classification must submit a new membership application and get approval from the Membership Committee for that classification change.
  12. In case of problems with a member, Membership Committees may, at their sole discretion, put a member on probation relating to the member’s business practices or commitment to the chapter.
  13. A member’s classification may be opened for failure to comply with the policies and/or the code of ethics of BNI®. Membership Committees of any chapter may open classifications. In the absence of a Membership Committee, the Leadership Team may fulfill that responsibility.
  14. If the Leadership Team fulfills all responsibilities throughout their term, they will receive as consideration an exemption of dues during their tenure as a Leadership Team Member. The Leadership Team must agree to the terms outlined in the Leadership Team Agreement in order to hold a position and must go through training before participating.

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In the absence of a Membership Committee, the Leadership Team may act as an ad-hoc Membership Committee until one is established.

All BNI membership lists are for the purpose of “giving” referrals and not for soliciting (via e-mail, direct mail or other means) BNI Members or Director Consultants without their prior approval.

All new members must attend Member Success Program in their region within the first 60 days of their induction. Only after attending the Member Success Program may the new member be added to the speaker rotation for the chapter. Any new members not attending the Member Success Program within the first 60 days after being inducted into the chapter will be subject to having their classification opened by the Membership Committee.

Policies are subject to change. All proposed policy changes need to be reviewed first by the Board of Advisors.

Other than normal BNI printed materials, members may not use the BNI Intellectual Property (e.g. logos, trademarks, names, slogans, copyrighted materials, etc.) to manufacture, distribute, sell, market, or promote any product or service, or otherwise use the BNI Intellectual Property without obtaining the prior written consent of BNI Global or the appropriate National Office. Members must agree to abide by the BNI Branding Standards for any permitted use.

Administrative Policies

There is an initial application fee. Fees are paid annually or biennially. Contact the local Secretary/Treasurer for amounts. Fees may be paid with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Cash or Check.

BNI® may establish chapters in every city or community with people interested in developing a referral-based business. In addition, BNI® reserves the right to open more than one chapter per community or city where demand of BNI®'s services are requested.

Membership fees are payable 30 days prior to the due date. Members not paid by the first day of the month they are due, are considered late and will be assessed a late charge. If fees are not paid within 15 days, the member will be officially dropped by BNI®.

Fees are non-refundable. A certificate of credit will be given, upon request, to members in good standing for the unused portion of their time.

Fees cannot be transferred from one person to another unless the fees are from the same company.

BNI® has a strict policy on returned checks. A member has three working days in which to contact their BNI Regional Office and resolve the matter. Any returned checks not resolved within this period will be turned over to collections. All returned checks will be assessed a minimum $25 returned check fee. If a member passes a second NSF check, that member will be subject to immediate termination.

BNI® is a marketing service provided by BNI Global, LLC. BNI® or any of its franchisees reserve the right to discontinue a member’s participation in this program.

A member requesting a transfer from their current chapter to a new chapter will be required to submit a completed new member application to the Membership Committee of the new chapter. In addition, if the member has less than 12 months of paid membership credit, they must submit a renewal payment. Or, if the member has more than 12 months of paid membership credit, no additional investment is required. Upon acceptance into the new chapter, the credit from their previous chapter will be added to their membership in the new chapter as well as the renewal time, if applicable.

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1.3.8. Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines are not policies but are recommended practices that allow chapters to run more smoothly and effectively.

Visiting Chapters

  • Members visiting other chapters should announce that they are from another chapter.
  • Visiting members must not do or say anything that competes with a member of that chapter.
  • The chapter should be cautious in giving referrals to individuals they don't know, includingvisiting members.
  • Visiting members should pay for their own meal.
  • Before visiting another chapter, the visiting member should call that chapter's President first.
  • Visiting members follow the same visiting policies as non-members; no more than two visitsallowed.

    Absences and Tardiness

• Absences and tardiness mean less business for members; therefore, the Membership Committee may give warnings to members who are consistently late or leave early. If the problem continues, the member's classification may be subject to being re-opened.

Substitute Program

  • Potential substitutes include customers, friends, family and/or employees.
  • The primary purpose for a substitute is to represent a BNI Member. BNI® recommends minimaluse of a substitute. However, a member may use substitutes up to three times in a six-month

    period.

  • Members should alert the chapter of a substitute so that the Visitor Host can be there to greethim/her.

    Business Representation

    • Members agree to only represent the business classification approved by the Membership Committee.
    • Members of BNI® who represent multi-level marketing organizations should represent their products and services in BNI® and not the business opportunity element of their business.Non-Discrimination Disclosure Statement

      BNI® Global requires that Chapters review and select persons for membership in all job classifications based on qualifications without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, age or disability. BNI® will support no Chapter’s action when in violation of this non- discrimination statement.

      No-Harassment Policy

      BNI® does not tolerate harassment of our Franchisees, regional teams, leadership teams or Members at the hand of another. Any form of harassment on the basis of race, religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, religion, marital status, disability, military service or veteran status, genetic information or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws and ordinances is prohibited and will be treated as a disciplinary

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matter. BNI® is committed to freedom of harassment within our network. In addition, as BNI® is a global organization, everyone needs to be culturally sensitive so that we can best relate to each other.

1.3.9. The Importance of Upholding BNI® Policies

Your conduct is reflective of BNI® throughout the region. Therefore, you must have a clear understanding of the policies of the organization. It is imperative that you educate your fellow Leadership Team Members and Chapter Members very thoroughly. BNI’s policies are provided to all new Members in the Member Success Kit.

What’s the Difference?

General Policies ● Administrative Policies ● Program Guidelines

General Policies and Administrative Policies must be adhered to by the Members and equally and consistently enforced by the Membership Committee. Program Guidelines are highly recommended practices that allow Chapters to run more smoothly and effectively. All Members must be treated equally, when applying a Program Guideline.

1.4. Frequently Asked Questions about Membership

How Do Members Transfer Between Chapters?

Allowing Members to change Chapters at-will could have a serious impact on the stability of the Chapters. It would not be fair to the other Members of the Chapter to allow this, and the point of BNI® is to build long-term business relationships.

Members may only move to another Chapter if they have a legitimate reason for moving and they attempt to replace themselves in their Chapter with another person, who must be accepted into the Chapter by the Membership Committee. Some examples of legitimate reasons might be relocation of their home or business; in this instance, they will be given a credit to apply to a Chapter in the new area. A Member who changes jobs and that category is taken in their Chapter would similarly be allowed to find a new Chapter. All transferring Members still have to be approved by the Membership Committee before they are accepted into a new Chapter. If a Member is allowed to transfer their membership to a different Chapter, the Member must have a minimum of 12 months’ membership remaining.

What Is a Certificate of Credit?

If a Member is unable to continue attending their Chapter meetings for an extended period of time, a credit will be issued by the local BNI Director/Director Consultant. The credit is for the unused portion of a Member’s membership, providing that Member is leaving the Chapter in good standing, e.g. he/she has not been asked to leave the Chapter for breach of any of BNI’s policies, such as attendance, etc.

The Certificate of Credit is held in BNI Connect® and a physical certificate will not be issued.

Credits are valid for up to two years from the Membership End Date. In the event that a Member cannot get back into their original Chapter because their former position is no longer available in that Chapter, the credit will be accepted as payment to join any other Chapter where there is an opening and the Membership Committee has accepted the Membership Application. It is not necessary to pay another registration fee when joining a Chapter this way. Credit can also be issued if a Member is relocating his/her business. Please note that a credit will never be issued to facilitate a transfer to a nearby Chapter.

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Does BNI® Allow Medical Leaves?

There are no leaves of absence except for medical leaves. A Member may take up to eight weeks medical leave with the Membership Committee’s prior approval if their participation fees are pre-paid for the period of time and they attempt to have someone substitute during their leave. Members should use the Request for Certificate of Credit/Medical Leave of Absence Form.

Can a BNI Member Visit Other BNI Chapters?

Members may visit other BNI Chapters, but as the BNI General Policy #7 states, “Visitors may attend Chapter meetings up to two times.” If a Member wishes to visit another Chapter, it is common courtesy that the President or another Member of the Leadership Team be contacted for permission to visit. Either beforehand or on arrival, the visiting Member should ascertain if there is any Member in the Chapter whose classification conflicts with their own and if so, he/she may not talk about their own category during the Weekly Presentation. The President has authority over giving a visiting Member an opportunity to speak during the Weekly Presentation.

Please keep in mind ... Are you giving or taking when you visit another BNI Chapter? You can give value to the visiting Chapter by bringing a visitor with you, bringing referrals for their Members (who are not in competition with your Members), sharing a BNI networking event announcement, or sharing something positive. Visiting another BNI Chapter with the overzealous purpose of getting referrals for yourself is not a good way to build goodwill and trust among their Members.

How Do I Find a Substitute?

As a Member, you bring value to your Chapter Meeting. When you are absent, you bring negative value. When seeking a substitute, strive to replace your value with a positive professional who could potentially become a part of your referral network. They may be willing to help you out by substituting for you, and they will have the opportunity to see the value of BNI® for themselves. An excellent substitute may also be someone who may bring referrals to the other Members or a client/customer whom would provide a positive testimonial about your products and services.

Some Chapters mistakenly believe that having a list of willing Members and ex-Members from other Chapters is a good way to solve the “substitute problem.” In reality, while it undoubtedly appears easier for Members if they don’t have to find a substitute for themselves, in the long run, they, and everyone else in the Chapter, will get less business.

Every substitute should be a potential customer for other Members in the Chapter. This is an important entitlement of BNI Members, which is lost when the same few faces turn up every week, representing a different Member’s business on each occasion. More importantly, while many genuine substitutes become interested in joining the Chapter they visit, “professional” substitutes never do because they realize they are getting a free membership in your Chapter. Not only do the Members pay for their membership, they also ascribe to the BNI Code of Ethics and the BNI Policies. Substitutes are not held accountable for their professionalism.

Chapters are stronger, grow more quickly, and pass more business when they discourage regular substitute lists and encourage all Members to find their own substitute when necessary.

To discourage repeat substitutes, it is strongly suggested that repeat substitutes do not give a Weekly Presentation on their business and only represent the Member’s business.

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Why Do Chapters Need a Membership Committee?

Chapters need an effective way to screen applicants in order to maintain their quality. Prospective Members visit a Chapter twice and by the second visit submit their Membership Application and payment. The Membership Committee will interview the applicant, obtain answers to the questions pertaining to his/her commitment to the Chapter, professionalism and business references. Then they will notify the applicant of the status of their application by the next meeting. The Membership Committee also reviews and approves or denies renewals of the Chapter Members. In addition, the Membership Committee evaluates Members pertaining to their attendance, participation, services, professionalism, etc. If there is a written complaint about a Member, they will review the situation according to the BNI Policies and BNI Code of Ethics and may put the Member on probation, if necessary. If the situation is not resolved, the Membership Committee has full authority to open a Member’s classification. If warranted, the Membership Committee may open a Member’s classification immediately without offering probation.

Why Don’t All Members Vote on Prospective Members?

In effect, they do. We have an assumed consent policy. If there are no complaints about a prospective Member, the Membership Committee will assume that this person is okay and then proceed with their screening. It would be too cumbersome to hold a formal vote as it would have to be done during the meeting, the visitors would have to be excused, and it would take too much meeting time.

Fees

If this question is asked during a meeting, use the following reply.

Q: What are my participation fees used for?

A: It is important that you know what your participation fees are used for; however, we are on a tight schedule to cover our agenda and I do not want to make anyone late, so would you please remember to come and see me after the meeting. I would be happy to go over that with you.

*If the person does approach you after the meeting, you can refer to Where the Money Goes in the Member Policies Brochure.

Does Anyone Ever Ask for a Refund?

When a Member does not find value in their BNI membership, they often ask for a refund. BNI Policy states that there are no refunds. If a Member chooses to leave a Chapter, that is their choice. If a Member is terminated by the Chapter, then that Member has not fulfilled the commitments that they agreed to when then applied for membership. Advise the Member that they signed an agreement (their BNI Membership Application) that states that there are no refunds.

Next, if the Member didn’t find value in their BNI membership, the Chapter should take a look at what expectations had or had not been set for the Member. Did they participate in the Mentoring Program? Did they have a Power Team with which to pass quality referrals? Did they conduct appropriate One-to- Ones with the right people? Have they attended the Member Success Program recently? Remember, disappointment is directly linked to expectations.

Why Is There a Guideline for Multi-Level Marketing Companies?

There has to be balance in any approach in dealing with professions, whether they are multi-level marketing companies (MLMs) or not. That is why the International Board of Advisors (made up of BNI Members from around the world) has voted to make this a guideline and not a hard-and-fast policy. Our

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BNI Policy Brochure states that guidelines are “recommended practices that allow Chapters to run more smoothly and effectively.” In other words, it is a set of suggestions to help guide a Chapter’s decisions. By recommending that Chapters keep Members focused on the products and services they are providing rather than emphasizing the business opportunity, the International Board of Advisors, as a whole, hoped to help avoid the problems that regularly arise when the business opportunity issue is abused in a Chapter.

What’s a Practical Chapter Size Limit?

At any given time, BNI® has Chapters as large as 101+ Members. In Chapters of this size, a combination of changes will allow them to operate successfully with increased membership. We have found that 42-52 Members is an optimum size Chapter. This is large enough to be able to develop good relationships with the Members.

What if more people want to join? Do you create another Chapter? The answer to this is maybe. It depends on many variables. How many Chapters are in that city now? How many serious candidates are there who want to be in the existing Chapter but cannot join? Is the Director/Director Consultant available to support a new Chapter launch? Depending on the answer to these questions, yes, we will consider opening another Chapter.

Do Ethical Rules for Certain Professions Prohibit Participation in BNI®?

BNI® understands the importance of the ethical concerns governing certain professions and acknowledges that rules can differ by location. As such, BNI® therefore requires its Members to uphold the rules of its profession so as not to violate the professional’s ethical obligations. In the event that BNI’s Policies could potentially violate a professional’s ethical code, BNI’s Policies are superseded by the dictates of the professional’s ethics’ code. Significantly, a primary objective of BNI® is to educate its membership in ways to market and grow business. It is BNI®’s intent to ensure that this is permitted.

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2.1.

1. 2.

3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

BNI Weekly Chapter Meeting Agenda

Meeting Agenda Outline

Open Networking

Welcome Visitors and Introduce Leadership Team, Membership Committee, Visitor Hosts, Education Coordinator, Event Coordinator, Growth Coordinator and Mentor Coordinator

Purpose and Overview of BNI®
Networking Education
Announce BNI® Network Leaders
Pass Business Card Box
Welcome New and/or Renewing Members to the Organization Members Introduce Themselves and Give their Weekly Presentation Welcome Visitors to BNI® and Have Members Introduce Them

Vice President’s Report
Membership Committee Report
Secretary/Treasurer Announces Speaker Rotation
Speaker(s) Give 5-12 Minute Feature Presentation(s), Including Questions and Answers Referrals and Testimonials
Referral Reality Check
Secretary/Treasurer’s Report
President Thanks Visitors
BNI® Announcements, Reminders and Special Reports
Door Prize Drawing(s), for Members Bringing Visitors or Referrals
Close Meeting

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2.2. Meeting Agenda Detail

The meeting begins punctually with 15 minutes of Open Networking. The Leadership Team and Visitor Hosts must be there a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the designated meeting time to welcome visitors.

NOTE: The Chapter Leaders will make or break the quality of most meetings! Be positive, professional, and enthusiastic and be in control.

0:00 1.  Open Networking: The meeting begins punctually with 15 minutes of Open Networking. Visitor Hosts introduce the visitors to Members.

0:15 2.

“Welcome to the BNI® _______________ Chapter. Ladies and Gentlemen, please take your seats for the next part of the meeting.” Welcome Visitors. Introduce Leadership Team, Membership Committee, Visitor Hosts, Education Coordinator, Event Coordinator, Growth Coordinator and Mentor Coordinator, as well as visiting Director/Director Consultant(s). Have these leaders stand to be recognized. Ask Members and visitors to turn off or silence their electronic devices.

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Purpose and Overview of BNI®: See Suggested Opening Remarks or have a Member present for a maximum of 45 seconds on the value that BNI® has had on his/her business. Include the following statement if there are visitors:

“BNI® is the most successful organization of its type in the world. There are currently ___________ Chapters and more than ___________ Members. Members of BNI® have passed millions of referrals and this translates into billions of dollars in business being passed between our Members. The philosophy of BNI® is Givers Gain®: If I give business to the Members of my Chapter, in return they will want to give business to me.”

0:18 4. Networking Education: The Education Coordinator, or a designated Member for that week, delivers a 3- to 5-minute presentation on networking. The topic and presenter are assigned by the Education Coordinator.

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0:21 5.  Announce BNI® Network Leaders (1st meeting of the month): Hand out Notable Networker Certificates at the first meeting of each month: Have recipients come to the front of the room to be recognized. Give praise and honest appreciation to the Members.

  • # 1 in referrals for the previous month
  • # 1 in visitors brought to the Chapter meeting for the previous month

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Pass Business Card Box: “Each week we pass around the business card box. Visitors: This is a box that contains business cards of the Members of this Chapter. Members: Please replace the cards you have given away during the week in the course of passing referrals. Visitors, we would like to receive your cards too; please pass them around the table separately. Please do not put them in the card box, as this is a privilege reserved for Members.”

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7.  Welcome New and/or Renewing Members to the Chapter: Present and explain the contents of the Member Success Kits to newly accepted Members. Have the new and renewing Member(s) come to the front for a formal induction into the Chapter. Have Chapter Members stand. Ask Members to recite the BNI® Code of Ethics after the President. Aim for making an impact and having fun! Welcome the new Member warmly into the Chapter with a round of applause.

Tell the new Member to stay after the meeting for a New Member Orientation conducted by the President.

0:26 8.  Members Introduce Themselves and Give their Weekly Presentation: Announce that Members now have an opportunity to continue the process of educating their fellow Members in what they do and how they add value. Remind them of the key things they should say (name, company, specific aspect of your business, specific referral request and closing statement).

Suggested Script for the Chapter President: “This is the time in the meeting when we give Members a brief moment to continue the process of educating their fellow Members on who they are, what they do, how they add value and what sort of business they are looking for.” Let visitors know they will be introduced after all the Members.

When people exceed their time, you or your designee should:

• Stand
• Say “Thank You”

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Welcome Visitors to BNI®: Tell visitors they may give a brief overview of their business within Chapter time limits. Also, say to visitors, “We are glad you are with us. We are going to ask you to make a decision today regarding applying, and later in the meeting we are going to tell you how you can lock out your competitors from this Chapter.”

Membership Committee Report: Delivered by the Vice President or a Membership Committee Member, this report updates Members regarding professions still needed in the Chapter, pending applications and policies and matters of interest from the Membership Committee.

Speaker(s) Give 5-10 Minute Feature Presentation, including questions and answers: After each speaker, tell Members, “Now that we know more what (Speaker’s Name) does, let’s do our best to bring him/her a referral next week.”

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0:51 10. Vice President’s Report: See Summary PALMS Report on BNI Connect®. This weekly report is no more than two minutes and addresses:

  • Average number of monthly referrals
  • Average number of monthly visitors
  • Total referrals to date

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0:53 12. Secretary/Treasurer Report: Announce speakers for the next six weeks and remind them to bring a door prize. *Introduce this week’s speaker(s) using the BNI® Member Biography Sheet.

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1:04 14. Referrals and Testimonials: This is one of the most important parts of the meeting. Make sure all the Members always stand and participate. *Important: Tell Members to say one of the following:

  • “I have______ referrals today ...” and elaborate on one referral.
  • “I have a testimonial about business I’ve done with one Member of this Chapter.”
  • “Visitors, tell us, what part of the BNI® Meeting impressed you the most?”

1:22 15. Referral Reality Check: “This is the quality control portion of our meeting. Our Vice President picks two referral slips from two weeks prior and asks the Members who received them to please stand and share the outcome of the referrals with the Chapter.

1:24 16.

Secretary/Treasurer’s Report:

A. Renewals: At the first meeting of the month, if there are Members up for renewal as indicated on the Membership Dues Report in BNI Connect®. “The following Members are up for renewal prior to the first of (month): ___________, ___________, ___________. To renew your membership, please see me immediately after the meeting to obtain a Membership Renewal Application for submission to the Membership Committee for approval.”

When appropriate, announce any Members whose membership participation fees are overdue (marked as late in BNI Connect®) who will also need to submit a Membership Renewal Application. Membership participation fees and the mandatory late fee, which is (amount), are paid according to the procedures established by the CORE Regional Team.

This statement is repeated at subsequent meetings during the month for any Members whose membership will end prior to the first day of the following month (or are already overdue) and who have not yet submitted a Membership Renewal Application with the appropriate participation fees.

B. Visitors: The Secretary/Treasurer must give the visitors’ statement about the participation fees structure verbatim. Do not leave any of it out. This can be omitted if there are no visitors. Read the following VERBATIM statement:

“We are glad you took time to be with us today! If you are looking to grow your business, we can help. Applying for membership to lock out your competition consists of completing and application and submitting a form of payment during today’s visitor orientation.

The application fee is $_____ and the participation fee is $_______ for one-term Membership or you can take advantage of significant savings by paying $_____ for a two-term Membership. The only other fee associated with Membership to our Chapter is a $_____ venue fee that is to be paid every ______.

Within one week you will be notified of the status of your application. If you have any questions, they will be answered at the Visitor Orientation.”

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“If I could ask our Visitors to stand? Members – let’s give our Visitors a hand!” (While they’re still standing) – “Visitors, I hope you can see that what you’ve seen here today can help your business as well. While I review a few items for our Members only, please follow our Visitor Hosts outside of the meeting room for them to review our application process and answer any questions you might have. You can leave your things here at your seat.”

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Door Prize Drawing(s) for Members Bringing Visitors or Referrals: The Vice President conducts the drawing(s). Each speaker brings a door prize.

*Visitor Orientation is in progress.

Hidden Elements of the Meeting

1:30 20. Close Meeting: The President or a designated Member gives a positive quote for the week, and requests that Members focus on bringing referrals or visitors for the next meeting.

Immediately following the meeting, the President or designee conducts a New Member Orientation and informs new Members that they are required to attend the Member Success Program.

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BNI® Announcements, Reminders and Special Reports: Announcements related to networking events, member-training programs and other regional activities.

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2.3. Large Chapter Agenda Adjustments

All times listed assume a 7:00 am start time. Please adjust your times accordingly, if necessary. Chapters with 50+ Members may collectively agree to facilitate the BNI Weekly Meeting Agenda beyond 90 minutes with Regional Director approval.

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Open Networking Begins

Structured Agenda Begins

Networking Education

Feature Presentations

Visitor Weekly Contributions

Up to 50 Members

7:00 am or earlier

7:15 am

3-5 minutes

Up to 2 speakers; Up to 10 minutes total

Up to 15 Seconds

51-70 Members

6:45 am or earlier

7:00 am

3 minutes

Up to 2 speakers; Up to 10 minutes total

Up to 15 Seconds

71+ Members

6:30 am or earlier

6:45 am

3 minutes

Up to 2 speakers; Up to 10 minutes total

Select two Visitors to share positive feedback; Up to 15 Seconds

Name and Visitor Introductions business name

only

Name and
business name Name and business name only

only

Weekly Presentations

Up to 60 seconds

Up to 45 seconds

Up to 30 seconds

Member

Referral/Testimonial

Up to 30 seconds Up to 25 seconds Up to 20 seconds

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Membership

Committee-- Community Builder

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MC--Member Engagement

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Mentor Coordinator

Vice President

Membership Committee--Quality Assurance

Membership Committee--Member Relations

President

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Education Coordinator

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Visitor Host Coordinator

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Visitor Host--Closer

Secretary/ Treasurer

Visitor Host--Greeter

Visitor Host--Follow- Up Specialist

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3.0 Chapter Processes

3.1. Growth

Growth happens when the Chapter is healthy. The whole Leadership Team works to set and review the goals of the Chapter at each Chapter Success Meeting. The Membership Committee Community Builder helps develop the top ten lists. All Leadership Team Members encourage Members to invite and engage visitors with the Membership Committee being the accountability arm ensuring all Members are engaged. Ultimately it is the Visitor Host and follow up efforts from the Regional Team that support overcoming objections and converting visitors into Members. If this process is working, a Chapter will grow without any specific growth mechanisms.

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Set and Measure Growth Goals

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Identify & Communicate Top Ten Classifications

Encourage Members to Invite Visitors

Engage Visitors

Overcome Objections

Converting Visitors to Members

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3.2. Member Development

In order to maximize the potential for your success, it is imperative that each Member learn to use the BNI system efficiently and effectively. This begins with the Passport to Success Program that is administered to the new Members by the Mentor Coordinator and trained Member Mentors. Coordinators provide continuous learning opportunities for all Members. Through strong leadership and productive conversations in the Chapter Success Meeting, the Membership Committee will be able to hold Members accountable, recognize good performance and perform coaching moments as needed.

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The Passport Program

Provide Relevant Education Moments

Leadership that Develops Great Members

Recognize Good Performance

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Perform Coaching Moments

Hold Members Accountable

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3.3. Retention of Members

In addition to the Member Development processes, the following are key to retention of Members. All Members are responsible for creating an inclusive environment, engaging new Members and celebrating successes. It is part of leadership. Ensuring there is cooperation amongst all Members in the Chapter through the selection of professional classifications is a key responsibility of the Quality Assurance Membership Committee Member. Many conflicts can be avoided if this process is thoughtful. Gathering feedback, through the Seven-Month Review and other surveys, informs the Leadership Team of adjustment that need to be made to ensure Members are happy and successful. This is driven by the Member Engagement Membership Committee Member and other participants of the Chapter Success Meeting.

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Celebrate Successes

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Create an Inclusive Environment

Professional Classification Selection

Gather Member Feedback

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4.0 Monthly Chapter Success Meeting

The Chapter Success Meeting is the former Leadership Team Meeting and Membership Committee Meeting wrapped into one. Ideally it would be held the first or second week of the month. On occasion, a Director Consultant may also attend.

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4.1.1.

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4.1.2.

Agenda and Instructions

Attendees

The Vice President and Membership Committee are present for the entire meeting.
The President, Secretary/Treasurer and Visitor Host Coordinator (optional) will attend through the Passport to Success Progress agenda item.
The Mentor Coordinator will attend through the Power of One Report review.

Preparation for the Meeting

In preparation for the meeting, copies of the following reports should be available during the meeting:

  • Chapter Success Meeting Report – blank
  • Chapter Success Meeting Report –previous month
  • Chapter Visitor Report – BNI Connect®
  • Chapter Roster Report – BNI Connect®As the Meeting Begins

• Chapter Traffic Lights – BNI Connect®
• Power of One Report
• Membership Dues Report – BNI Connect® • Seven-Month Review (as many as needed)

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4.1.3.

Enter the Chapter name, your name and date Enter the names of the people in attendance

Agenda

The President facilitates the first half of the meeting.

1.

2.

Review action items from last meeting

  1. The Vice President reads from the previous month’s Chapter Success Meeting Report any action items documented.
  2. Each person who received an action item from the previous meeting reports on the status.

Review visitor attendance

a. b. c.

The Secretary/Treasurer or Visitor Host Coordinator reports the number of visitors in attendance last month.

The Secretary/Treasurer or Visitor Host Coordinator states, by name and category, the visitors who submitted applications.

The Secretary/Treasurer or Visitor Host Coordinator states, by name and category, the visitors who could convert to Members with some additional follow-up.

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  1. Membership Review – This information can be pulled from the Roster Sheet dated the previous month.
    1. The Vice President or assigned Membership Committee Member reports the number of new Members last month and mentions them by name.
    2. The Vice President or assigned Membership Committee Member reports the number of dropped Members last month and mentions them by name.
    3. The Vice President or assigned Membership Committee Member discusses with the attendees the net growth for the previous month. The goal of the Chapter should be net one if the Chapter wants to remain the same size and net two or more if the Chapter wants to be on a growth path.
  2. Reports Review – Reports needed include the Chapter Roster Report and Chapter Traffic Lights.
    1. Review the Chapter Roster Report to determine if the Chapter has a complete Leadership Team. If not, the Leadership Team Members with open roles should fill those roles within the next month.
    2. Review the Chapter Roster Report to determine how the Chapter performed in the three- month PALMS. It is important to look at this trend compared to the Chapter Traffic Lights to see if there is a change in performance. The Chapter Traffic Lights shows the last six months which makes it hard to see recent trends.
    3. Review the Chapter Traffic Lights. The Chapter should have the goal of being in the top percentage bracket in all areas if possible. Depending on the size of the Chapter and the goal for inviting visitors, it may be acceptable for the visitor conversion rate to be lower than the maximum point value.
  1. Other
    1. Secretary/Treasurer reports on Chapter finances.
    2. Should the Chapter be looking for another venue? How are venue relations?
    3. How can concerns be addressed before they become written complaints?
    4. How did the weekly meeting look to the Director Consultant?
  2. Passport to Success
    1. Discuss each Member by name and his/her progress through the program generally.
    2. Discuss in detail new Members who are not on track. Brainstorm ideas to help him/her get back on track.

    At this point the President, Secretary/Treasurer and Visitors Host may leave the meeting.

The Vice President facilitates the rest of the meeting. 7. Power of One Report

a. Look at the distribution of green, yellow, red and gray. The goal is to have as many people as possible in the green. What can be done to move people from yellow to green, red to yellow, and gray to red? How can the Education Moments be used to improve Member performance?

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  1. For the members in the bottom three positions. What can be done to help them improve performance? Note: There is a misconception that new Members can be in the gray without alarm. If the new Members are actively involved in the Passport to Success Program, they will be in the yellow (completing Member Success Program for CEUs, completing one to two One-to-Ones per week and attending meetings regularly achieves 60 points).
  2. Discuss how the Mentor Coordinator can help support getting these Members more engaged.

Only the Membership Committee Members remain for the following confidential portion of the meeting.

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9.

Seven-Month Review – This information can be found on the Membership Dues Report.

  1. Who is up for renewal in five months?
  2. Who is the best person on the Membership Committee to have a one-to-one conversation with the Member? This person needs to have a relationship but not be so close that the conversation can’t be constructive.
  3. Complete the top portion of the Seven-Month Review for each person up for renewal in five months.

Approving Renewals – This information can be found on the Membership Dues Report.

  1. Who is up for renewal in the next 60 days?
  2. If the person is going to be renewed, it can be communicated immediately.
  3. If a person is not going to be renewed, it must not be a surprise. It is important the Seven-Month Review reflected that the Member had many development opportunities. If it would be a surprise to the person, a coaching conversation must be had in the next 30 days to explain the situation. The final decision on non-renewal should happen on or around the Member’s renewal date.
  4. It is important that the BNI Regional Office knows the person is not going to be renewed so that administrative processes like reminders can be stopped. Please communicate non-renewals to the BNI Regional Office in the way they have been prescribed.

Progress of Written Complaints (if applicable).

  1. All written complaints should be handled upon receipt. This is the time for the Membership Committee to review status and determine next steps to urgently complete review processes.
  2. Has the Secretary/Treasurer had any issues with people paying Chapter Dues that need to be addressed?

Recommendations for the Chapter President – Add any action items for the President here. Ensure they are communicated to him/her immediately after the meeting.

Recommendations for the Director Consultant – Add any action items for the Director Consultant here. Ensure they are communicated to him/her immediately after the meeting.

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4.2. Chapter Success Meeting Form

Chapter: Scribe: Date: In Attendance:
1. 4. 7.
2. 5. 8.

3. 6. 9.

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Result Action Item

Review action items from last meeting

Review Visitor Attendance
Number of visitors in the last month? Who has applied?
Who needs follow-up?

Membership Review
Number of new Members last month? Number of dropped last month?
Net growth last month?
(goal net 1 per month)

Reports Review
Chapter Roster Report PALMS Report (last month) Chapter Traffic Lights

Full Leadership Team?

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Result Action Item

S/T reports on finances  Other

Passport to Success Progress Name:

Name: Name: Name:

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At this point the President, Secretary/Treasurer and Visitor Host Coordinator leave the meeting.

Power of One Report Review Name:

Name: Name:

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How can you help Members in the gray/red?

At this point the Mentor Coordinator leaves the meeting.

Seven-Month Reviews Name:

Name: Name: Name:

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Approving Renewals Name:

Name: Name: Name:

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Is he/she going to renew?

Yes No Yes No Yes NoYes No

Progress of Written Complaints

Recommendations for the Chapter President

Recommendations for the Director Consultant

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5.0 President

The President facilitates a smooth, timely meeting by following the BNI® Weekly Meeting Agenda focused on educating the visitors about BNI®; facilitates monthly Leadership Team Meetings; ensures all leaders are fulfilling their responsibilities; provides direction and motivation for the Chapter to meet its goals; communicates weekly with the Director Consultant.

5.1. Blended Learning Plan

  •   President’s Leadership Team eLearning – before transition
  •   Chapter Success Meeting Instructor Led Training (ILT) – before transition
  •   Lead an Effective Weekly Meeting ILT – before transition
  •   Chapter Mission, Vision & Goals ILT – three months after taking role
  •   BNI Leadership Basics eLearning (Recommended) – five months after taking role
  •   Leadership Team Transition eLearning (Recommended) – seven months after taking role

5.2. President Checklist of Responsibilities

To be on the Leadership Team, the President must agree to:
 Fulfill the responsibilities listed below;
 Have one or more months in remaining dues;
 Sign the BNI Leadership Team Non-Disclosure, Non-Solicitation and Non-Compete Agreement;  Complete Leadership Team Training eLearning and ILT.

BEFORE the Chapter Meeting each Week

  •   After Membership Committee approval, call to welcome accepted applicants to the Chapter
  •   Arrive 15 minutes early to the meeting
  •   Check on room/meeting setup Appropriate signage at main entrances

     Confirm Visitor Host & Member Resource Tables are setup

  •   Prepare for a successful meeting Business Card Binder on table
     BNI Weekly Chapter Meeting Agenda on table
     Door Prize at front of room
     Member Success Kits ready to induct new Members
     Purpose and Overview assigned to a Member
     Know who is prepared to deliver the Membership Committee Report  Have bags ready to conduct drawings toward end of meeting
     Positive quote prepared for end of meeting

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DURING the Chapter Meeting Each Week

 Flash the lights/Get Members’ attention at 3 minutes prior to starting formal agenda (0:12)  Proceed with formal part of the agenda (0:15)
 Run the Chapter Meeting according to the BNI Weekly Chapter Meeting Agenda
 Ensure all Leadership Team Members are fulfilling their roles/reports during the meeting

AFTER the Chapter Meeting Each Week

  •   Participate in the Weekly Chapter Success Call with your Director (along with your Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer)
  •   Send a weekly follow-up and reminder email to all Members
     Recap of the meeting, upcoming speakers, Meeting Stimulants, events and reminders.
  •   Call visitors within three days of your weekly meeting to thank them and answer any questions AS NEEDED Conduct One-to-Ones with new Members as part of the Passport to Success Mentor Program  Passport to Success Mentor Program
     Participate in the Leadership Team Selection Process as guided by your Director.

    MONTHLY

    •   Facilitate the first half of the Chapter Success Meeting  If present, Director Consultant may attend
       Review Chapter reports and records
    •   Attend support and training opportunities as offered within your Region.
    •   Order supplies
    •   Select one meeting theme to use during one Chapter meeting per month
    •   Attend the Leadership Roundtable or have a Chapter leader attend in your steadREPORTS

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Verify that the Vice President has submitted the Chapter Success Meeting Report using the submission form on the Regional website. Verify the VP has also submitted the weekly PALMS Report in BNI Connect® within 48 hours of each Chapter Meeting.

Verify that the Secretary/Treasurer has submitted all applications and proofs of payment as they are received.

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5.3. Chapter Supplies

Be sure your Chapter is supplied with all the materials you need to run your Chapter efficiently and effectively. Consider the impact to the Visitor Experience if Chapters are out of pertinent informational materials.

5.4. Weekly Follow-Up & Reminder Email Communication

Weekly follow-up and reminder emails are essential to ongoing communication between Chapter Members about Chapter happenings. Here is an example of an outline to develop your weekly email reminders:

  • Weekly Presentation Topic
  • Weekly Stats / VP Report
  • Last week we passed ___ referrals, had ___ One-to-Ones and reported $_______ in business
  • Upcoming Speakers
  • Purpose & Overview
  • Networking Education
  • Feature Presentation
  • Closing Quote
  • Welcome New & Renewing Members
  • Chapter Facebook Page, Chapter Website
  • Chapter Goals
  • Top Five Professions Wanted
  • Upcoming Events

5.5. Meeting Themes

Historically, Meeting Stimulants were recommendations for making Weekly Presentations fun and interesting. The Chapters who have grown the membership and closed business significantly for their Chapter and Members took this idea a step forward. The Chapter Leadership Team chooses a theme for one week, once a month or less. The theme may be:

  • Business Owners/CEOs
  • Homeowners
  • Substitutes
  • Getting Healthy
  • Open Business Days (formerly known as Visitor Days)
  • Bring Your Best Client Day
  • Stack Days
  • Contact Sphere Days, etc.Once the theme is selected in advance, Members should invite people who would be interested in the theme. Members should contour their Weekly Presentations.

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5.5.1. Annual Theme Calendar (Sample)

Chapter Name: ________________________________ Term Date: _________________________

Month

Marketing Strategy

Begin Date

End Date

Goal

Outcome Result

OCT

Networking Mixer

NOV

Real Estate Day

DEC

Toy Donation

JAN

Construction Day

FEB

International Networking Week

Bring Your Best Client Day

MAR

CEO/Business Owner Day

APR

Visitors’ Day Program/Member Extravaganza

# Invitations Per Member: _______. # Invitations for Chapter: _______.

MAY

Visitors’ Day Program/Member Extravaganza

# New Members: ________

JUN

Bring a New Substitute Day

JUL

Begin BNI Game

AUG

End BNI Game

SEP

Health & Beauty Day

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5.5.2. Annual Theme Calendar

Chapter Name: ________________________________ Term Date: _________________________

Month

Marketing Strategy

Begin Date

End Date

Goal

Outcome Result

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5.6. Chapter Meeting Venue

  • Is the location easy to find with ample signage?
  • Is there adequate and easy to find parking?
  • Is the room available at least 30 minutes prior and 30 minutes after meeting time for set up,networking and clean up?
  • Who is responsible for opening the doors?
  • Can the room be set in a horseshoe, square or boardroom seating arrangement?
  • Are there at least 10+ extra chairs beyond those used by your Members and visitors?
  • Does the venue portray a high-quality, professional business image?Follow the Venue Selection Process and use the Venue Selection Tool in BNI® University to assess various venues in your area.

    All venue changes are subject to the approval of the Regional or Area Director PRIOR to making a change. Please contact your Chapter Director as soon as a venue change becomes necessary. The Director’s role is to ensure all Chapters meet in high-quality venues that display a high level of professionalism.

    Do you have a backup plan? What happens when the venue calls you the night before your Chapter meeting and says that your room won’t be available in the morning? Prepare for the unexpected by having a backup venue in mind that may work at the last minute. Develop a communication system that will ensure all Members get the message at the last minute. Put up a sign at your normal venue to indicate the last-minute venue change. Don’t let someone else’s actions interfere with your Chapter’s opportunity to do business!

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6.0 Vice President

The Vice President manages the Membership Committee; conducts monthly and brief weekly Membership Committee meetings to ensure all Membership Applications are being reviewed and issues are being handled in a timely manner; keeps accurate records of attendance, referrals given and received, visitors, One-to-Ones and closed business; enforces the attendance policy by sending out letters as prescribed and assigning Membership Committee Members to make follow-up phone calls; helps motivate the Chapter to achieve its goals.

6.1. Blended Learning Plan

  •   Vice President’s Leadership Team eLearning – before transition
  •   Chapter Success Meeting Instructor Led Training (ILT) – before transition
  •   Member Relations ILT – before transition
  •   Chapter Mission, Vision & Goals ILT – three months after taking role
  •   BNI Leadership Basics eLearning (Recommended) – five months after taking role
  •   Leadership Team Transition eLearning (Recommended) – seven months after taking role

6.2. Vice President Checklist of Responsibilities

To be on the Leadership Team, the Vice President must agree to:
 Fulfill the responsibilities listed below;
 Have one or more months in remaining Membership Dues;
 Sign the BNI Leadership Team Non-Disclosure, Non-Solicitation and Non-Compete Agreement;  Complete Leadership Team Training (eLearning and Instructor Led Training).

BEFORE the Chapter Meeting each Week

  •   Arrive 15 minutes early to the meeting
  •   Display Chapter Goal Board on Member Resource Table
  •   Prepare for a successful meeting
    •   Have Chapter statistics available to report to Chapter during Vice President’s Report
    •   Print blank PALMS Report from BNI Connect® prior to each meeting for recording PALMSdata at the meeting
    •   Assign Membership Committee Member to give a complete Membership Committee Report
    •   Assign Membership Committee Member to provide the Referral Quality Check
  •   Ensure all Membership Committee Chairs can fulfill this week’s responsibilities. If not, re-assign or ensure tasks get completed.DURING the Chapter Meeting Each Week

     Run the BNI Weekly Chapter Meeting Agenda if President is absent  Provide a complete Vice President’s Report
     Report on Chapter Goals monthly

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  •   Reward Members using the Notable Networker Certificates or other awards
     Report average number of monthly referrals and visitors
     Report referrals passed last month and total number of referrals to date
     Report Thank You for Closed Business statistics for last month and to date
  •   Conduct the Door Prize Drawing using Slips Audit Report
  •   Record Attendance (P=Present; A=Absent; L=Late or Leave Early; M=Medical Leave;S=Substitute)

    AFTER the Chapter Meeting Each Week

  •   Participate in the Weekly Chapter Success Call with your Director (along with your President and Secretary/Treasurer)
  •   Conduct a brief Membership Committee Check-In
  •   Ensure Quality Assurance Chair: Reviews new Membership Applications submitted
     Submits top portion of Membership Application and payment to the Secretary/Treasurer  Assigns application due diligence responsibilities to Membership Committee Members  Assigns a completion date and conference call to discuss and vote
  •   Ensure Community Building Chair:
     Calls Members who have missed second, third and fourth meetings in a six-month period  Encourages Members to invite visitors
     Maintains a top ten list of most wanted professional classifications filled
  •   Enter Chapter statistics in BNI Connect® within 48 hours of your Chapter Meeting AS NEEDED Conduct One-to-Ones with new Members as part of the Passport to Success Mentor Program

     Participate in the Leadership Team Selection Process as guided by your Director. MONTHLY

     Attend the entire and facilitate the second half of the Chapter Success Meeting

     Attend monthly support and training opportunities as offered by the BNI Regional Team REPORTS

    •   Conclude Chapter Success Meeting and submit completed report using the submission form on the Member and LT Resources tab on your regional website by the last day of each month.
    •   Verify that the Secretary/Treasurer has submitted Roster updates using the submissions form in the Member and LT Resources tab of the Regional website when any membership changes have been made.

6.3. Taking Attendance

When taking attendance, we use the PALMS system: Present, Absent, Late, Medical and Substitute. It is important that the PALMS Report is completed in BNI Connect® within 48 hours following every

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Chapter Meeting. Printing out a blank PALMS Report before the meeting makes it easy to record this information at the meeting. Not entering PALMS in a timely manner will negatively affect: your Chapter Traffic Lights Report, the Power of One Report, and the receipt of the automated attendance letters by your Members.

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7.0 Membership Committee

It is necessary for each Chapter to establish a trained Membership Committee. There should always be an odd number of Members on this committee, which includes the Vice President. The Membership Committee is a volunteer service commitment that coincides with the Leadership Team’s term. The Membership Committee is chaired by the Vice President, who is a voting member of the committee.

7.1. Membership Committee Chairs

Delegating the workload for Vice Presidents helps Membership Committee Members take more ownership and responsibility for the best interest of the entire Chapter. Please remember that while delegating these important roles/tasks to a Membership Committee Member, the Vice Present of each Chapter is still responsible for making sure each task is completed in a timely manner. Assign one Membership Committee to each of these four roles:

  • Community Building Chair
  • Quality Assurance Chair
  • Member Engagement Chair
  • Member Relations Chair

7.2. Membership Committee Report

This is a brief weekly report in the BNI Weekly Chapter Meeting Agenda regarding membership related Chapter matters.. You may wish to report on any of the following items. Delegate a Membership Committee Member to deliver the report, and the Vice President approves the report in advance:

  • Notify the Chapter when an individual is no longer a Member and when the category is opened. For example: “We currently have an opening for a financial planner.”
  • Remind Members of the value or importance of one of the ship policies or guidelines.
  • Explain the roles of the Membership Committee and who is responsible for each. Ensure newMembers are briefed on the Membership Committee’s responsibilities.
  • Allow a Chapter Marketing Team Report (if applicable)
  • Allow a Power Team report (if applicable)
  • Allow a Mentor Program Report (contact your Chapter’s Mentor Coordinator for moreinformation).
  • Give tips about how to find quality referrals or bring visitors. Explain that one referral or guestequals one unit of participation; every visitor represents a potential new customer for our

    Members!

  • Provide direction or instruction on a special BNI programs.This information, although brief, is very important to a well-functioning Chapter. Successful Chapters exhibit keen and consistent administration. BNI Members appreciate being reminded and informed about how the Chapter operations are being administered.

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7.4.

Weekly Membership Committee Check-Ins

10 to 15-minute check-in at the end of each Chapter Meeting
Meetings are open only to the Vice President, Membership Committee Members and the Director/Director Consultant
Review new Membership Applications and assign responsibilities to process applications Discuss immediate Chapter issues that need to be addressed

Quality Assurance Chair

The Membership Committee Quality Assurance Chair ensures all new Members are high-quality business professionals before they are accepted into the Chapter and have a strategic fit (professional classification) within the Chapter

7.4.1. Blended Learning Plan

 Membership Committee Quality Assurance Chair eLearning – before transition
 Chapter Success Meeting Instructor Led Training (ILT) – before transition
 Quality Assurance: Application Due Diligence ILT (Recommended) – before transition  Chapter Mission, Vision & Goals ILT (Recommended) – three months after taking role  BNI Leadership Basics eLearning (Recommended) – five months after taking role

7.4.2. Checklist of Responsibilities

To be on the Leadership Team, the Membership Committee Quality Assurance Chair agrees to:

 Fulfill the responsibilities listed below;

 Sign the BNI Support Leadership Team Non-Disclosure, Non-Solicitation and Non-Compete Agreement;

 Complete Leadership Team Training (eLearning and Instructor Led Training). AS NEEDED

  •   Ensure all new Members are high-quality business professionals and have a strategic fit (professional classification) within the Chapter before being accepted for membership.
  •   Collect and maintain new Membership Applications during the application process.
  •   Identify the level of due diligence needed for each new application.
  •   Identify and track Membership Committee assignments for new applications.
  •   Keep Vice President apprised of process and return applications and other paperwork to Vice President when a decision is made.
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7.4.3. New Membership Application Review Process

Upon receiving an application, following the process outlined below will ensure the applicant is a high- quality business professional before accepting him/her as a Member.

Internet Search Application Review

Reference Check The Interview

Professional Classification

Internet Search

To maintain a high standard of applicants that are accepted into a BNI Chapter, please use the provided a list of resources for the Membership Committee to conduct additional research for certain professions, as well as general resources for all businesses.

General Resources

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Member’s Business Website
o Isitprofessional?
o Isitaccurateanduptodate?
o Isitagoodrepresentationoftheirbusiness?

Google, www.google.com
o Whatkudos,awardsorachievementshavetheyaccomplished?
o Whatotherorganizationsaretheyinvolvedin?
o Ifnegativeinformationisfound,pleaseconfirmwithphotoidentification.

Social Media Networks
o Whatimageistheapplicantportrayingonvarioussocialmedianetworks? o Facebook,www.facebook.com
o LinkedIn,www.linkedin.com
o Twitter,www.twitter.com

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Better Business Bureau, http://www.bbb.org/ Chambers of Commerce
Secretary of State
Licenses, Permits & Registrations

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Industry Specific Resources

  • Attorneys
    o NationalLawyerRegulatoryDataBank
    o SelecttheDirectoryofLawyerDisciplinaryAgencies
  • Building Contractors, General Contractors, Sub Contractors o Searchforlocal,state,nationallicenses
  • Certified Public Accountants (CPAs)
    o NationalAssociationofStateBoardsofAccountancy
  • Financial Planners
    o FinancialIndustryRegulatoryAuthority
  • Insurance
    o Searchforlocal,state,nationallicenses
  • Medical/Health Professionals
    o Searchforlocal,state,nationallicenses
  • Mortgage
    o NationalMortgageLendersSearch
  • Real Estate Agents
    o Searchforlocal,state,nationallicensesSupplemental Resources
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
    o Maybeusedtoverifylicensingforindustriesthatrequireaspecifictypeofdriver’slicense
  • National Sex Offenders Public Registry
    o Listsregisteredsexualoffendersbyzipcode;searchbynameo http://www.nsopw.gov Notes
  • All information and research is done at the Membership Committee’s discretion.
  • If you find negative information regarding an applicant, it is imperative that you verify therelevancy with photo identification.
  • Any fees incurred as a course of your research is the responsibility of the Chapter.
  • Ultimately you will use your own judgment on what research you believe to be true andreasonable.

    Application Review

    The application can give the Membership Committee insight into the likelihood of success in the BNI Chapter for the applicant. Consider the following when reviewing the application:

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2.

APPLICANT NAME & CONTACT INFO: Their entire name, business name and address on their application is how their name will appear on their BNI Connect® Member Profile and respective Chapter reports.

o Website,Email,BusinessandMobile:Atfirst,noMembercontactinformationisavailableon the regional website; Members will need to access their profile to indicate which information will be viewable. For the Leadership Team and the Regional Team to communicate with the Member, all boxes must be completed.

PART III/EXPERIENCE & CREDENTIALS: Is the applicant’s experience and education relevant to the category in which they are applying?

o Length of time in Professional Classification: Length of time in their industry is a key consideration. Are they well-established? Or, are they green and newer to their business/industry? How well will they be able to bring referrals to the chapter? How well will current Members be able to refer to them just based on how “new or seasoned” they are in their business?

o IstheProfessionalClassificationunderwhichyouareapplyingformembershipyour primary occupation? Reference Member Policy #2 ... “Members must represent their primary occupation, not a part-time business.” The focus here is on the primary occupation. Is the applicant able and willing to be available for business during normal operating business hours? Are they available to conduct One-to-Ones in order to build relationships that allow for the development of referrals? How committed are they to their business?

PART IV/STANDARDS & EXPECTATIONS: This section allows us to set Member expectations up front! The more an applicant knows now, the more successful Member they will become!

3.

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Areyouableandwillingtomakethecommitmenttoarriveatourweeklymeetingsontime and stay throughout the 90 minutes, attend the Member Success Program training and do you agree to abide by BNI Member Policies, Guidelines & Code of Ethics? This question helps to set the expectation of the new Member before they apply. By discussing these commitments to the applicant, they fully understand what they are getting into prior to being accepted as a Member.

Areyouwillingandabletosendasubstituteifyouareunabletoattendameeting?

This question creates conversation around the attendance policy and substitution guidelines. If they don’t have someone in their company, help them to identify other potential candidates who would make great substitutes should the need arise, such as a client, co- worker or business colleague.

Areyouwillingandabletobringqualifiedreferralsand/orvisitorstothisChapter?

This question allows the applicant to share what they intend to GIVE to the Chapter. It shows that they are willing to network and build relationships with others in order to expand their referral network. The answer to this question may demonstrate that they understand the Givers Gain® philosophy.

HaveyoueverbeenaMemberofaBNIChapter?Ifyes,pleaselist...Pleaseremember that just because someone is a previous Member of BNI® does not mean that they are a perfect fit for your Chapter. Each new applicant to YOUR Chapter must complete a new application. If they indicate that they are a previous Member, first, find out if it is an immediate transfer. If yes, please reference the Transferring Members section and the Request to Transfer Form. With both immediate transfers and previous Member due diligence is still warranted.

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o Doyoubelongtoothernetworkingorganizations?Ifyes,pleaselist...Dotheybelong to other networking organizations that are either complementary to or in competition with BNI®? Complementary organizations include soft contact networks such as Chambers of Commerce or civic organizations such as Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions or Toastmasters where the purpose is public service and education. Organizations that have only one person per professional specialty and its purpose is to pass business are considered to dilute Members’ referral efforts, and therefore would not be acceptable. Reference Member Policy #4 ... “An individual Member cannot be in a second BNI Chapter nor in any other group that allows only one person per profession and whose primary purpose is to pass referrals to one another, because it substantially reduces their commitment to the other Chapter Members. Membership Committees must enforce this policy.”

o Haveyoueverbeenconvictedofafelony?Iftheyselectyes,thisDOESNOTpreclude them from membership. As a Visitor Host reviewing this application for completeness, your only concern is whether a box is checked. As the Membership Committee Member reviewing this application, the only question that can be asked is: “Would knowledge of this felony prohibit others from referring you?” With this information, the Membership Committee can either research further or continue with processing the application.

  1. POSITION APPLYING FOR: Using the Professional Classification List, the applicant should select which Division and specific Professional Classification they would like to hold in the Chapter. As the Membership Committee Member, this section needs to be reviewed very carefully. If there are any potential overlaps, resolve prior to acceptance. If the applicant has a wide range of business activities, ensure that their application states clearly which single category they are applying to represent in the Chapter using the Professional Classification List. If the applicant’s category has been revised to reflect BNI guidelines, correct this on the application and have the applicant initial to designate approval.
  2. SPONSOR’S NAME: Enter the name of the BNI Member who invited the applicant to this Chapter.
  3. PART VI/BUSINESS REFERENCES: Look for two clients, customers, patients or other people who can vouch for their professionalism and how they conduct themselves. As long as the applicant has permission to use their name and contact information as a reference, then the Membership Committee is permitted to call them. The applicant’s signature on the bottom front of the application gives permission to contact the references listed.

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Reference Check

To assure the quality of new Members to our organization, the Membership Committee must check two business references that can vouch for the individual’s business excellence.

Applicant Name _____________________________ Business Name _____________________________ Reference 1
Name ________________________________ Business ________________________________ Phone ________________________________ Date Contacted ___________________________

1. How long have you known the applicant in a business capacity? ________________________

2. What is your business relationship with the applicant? ________________________________

3. Overall, describe HOW the applicant conducts business in regard to his/her products or services offered?

__________________________________________

__________________________________________

4. Are you aware of any grievances by anyone regarding the products/services offered by the applicant? ________________________________

5. Does the applicant keep and follow-up on commitments? ____________________________

6. Would hire/work with the applicant again? Why? ____________________________________

7. Do you have anything to add on behalf of the applicant? ________________________________

Research

Chapter Name _____________________________ Classification _____________________________

Reference 2

Name ________________________________

Business ________________________________

Phone ________________________________

Date Contacted ___________________________

1. How long have you known the applicant in a business capacity? ________________________

2. What is your business relationship with the applicant? ________________________________

3. Overall, describe HOW the applicant conducts business in regard to his/her products or services offered?

__________________________________________

__________________________________________

4. Are you aware of any grievances by anyone regarding the products/services offered by the applicant? ________________________________

5. Does the applicant keep and follow-up on commitments? ____________________________

6. Would hire/work with the applicant again? Why? ____________________________________

7. Do you have anything to add on behalf of the applicant? ________________________________

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Google Facebook Applicant’s Website Other: ______________________ Membership Committee Initials ___________ Date References/Research Checked ___________

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The Interview

Let’s help to set the expectations of membership when interviewing an applicant. Keep in mind that this is just a place to start the conversation. You can add any questions you feel are pertinent or applicable to your Chapter’s needs.

Applicant Name _____________________________ Date _____________________________

  1. Why did you decide to apply to BNI®, specifically our Chapter?
  2. What would you say are the strengths you bring to BNI® and our Chapter?
  3. What do you expect to receive from BNI® and from our Chapter?
  4. Will the _______ start time pose any problems with your schedule? Are you able to stay for the full 90 minutes each week?
  5. BNI® has a clearly defined attendance policy. I’d like to review it with you now, so you have a clear understanding of the policy. You are allowed up to three absences within a rolling six-month period. If you have a substitute, you are not considered absent. A substitute does not have to be from your office/business. They can be anyone who is willing to attend the meeting and speak on your behalf at the meeting. Do you have questions about this attendance policy? Are you willing and able to commit to this?
  6. If you cannot attend a meeting, will you be able to have a substitute present?
  7. Annually, our Chapter holds a special event that focuses on increasing referrals for our Members. Are you willing to send invitations to people you believe would benefit from an increase in referrals? [Mandatory for new forming Chapters and Chapters that have an upcoming Visitors’ Day.]
  8. In reviewing your application, we want to make sure we understand what niche you will be representing in our Chapter. What specific products and services do you offer in your industry? Is there an area in which you specialize?
  9. Is a license required to practice your profession in this state (or any neighboring states)? If so, what is your license number? Are you also bonded and insured, if required for your profession?
  10. What do you like most about what you do regarding your profession?
  11. Have you ever applied to another BNI Chapter? What was your experience?
  12. Do you belong to other networking organizations? What was your experience? Do you understand BNI’s Policy of not belonging to other hard contact networks?

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  1. All new Members are required to complete the Member Success Program within the first 60 days of membership. The BNI University allows you to attend virtually at any time during the day or night. Will you be able to complete the 3-hour program in 60 days?
  2. All Members participate in our Passport to Success Mentor Program. Are you willing to dedicate time outside the weekly meeting to conduct One-to-Ones with your fellow Members as part of this business building activity?
  3. In the next six to 12 months you will be asked to be in a leadership role. Are you willing to consider which role may be appropriate for you and step into a leadership role when the time comes?
  4. Are you aware that this Chapter has additional dues to cover our venue/meal/coffee? The amount is $____ per week/month/quarter and it is payable to the Secretary/Treasurer upon acceptance of your Membership Application.
  5. You may have noticed on your application that upon your acceptance to BNI®, fees are non- refundable without exception. Your application has not yet been accepted. Is there any part of the application review process that has made you become aware that this organization may not be a good fit for you or your business?
  6. What reservations do you have about membership in BNI®?
  7. Do you have any questions for me about BNI® or our Chapter?

“Please let your references know that we will be calling them. This helps to expedite the application process. Thank you for your time today. The Membership Committee will let you know the status of your application before the next meeting.”

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Selecting the Professional Classification

Advertising & Marketing

 Copywriter/Writer
 Digital Marketing
 Embroidery
 Graphic Designer
 Marketing Consultant  Media Services

 Photographer
 Print Advertising
 Printer
 Promotional Products
 Public Relations
 Publisher
 Radio Advertising
 Relationship Marketing
 Sign Company
 Television Advertising
 Videographer/Film Producer  Web Design
 Specialist:

Agriculture

 Specialist:

Animals

 Veterinarian  Specialist:

Architecture & Engineering

 Architect
 Civil / Structural Engineer
 Garden & Landscape Architect  Interior Architecture
 Landscape Services
 Surveyor
 Tree Services
 Specialist:

Art & Entertainment

 Artist
 Disc Jockey (DJ)  Entertainer
 Musicians
 Specialist:

Car & Motorcycle

 Auto/Car Body Shop
 Auto/Car Detailing
 Auto/Car Parts & Accessories  Auto/Car Rental/Leasing
 Auto/Car Repair
 Auto/Car Sales
 Commercial Vehicle Dealers

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 Driving Instructor
 Gas Station
 Tire Sales/Replacement  Specialist:

Computer & Programming

 App Developer
 Computer Retailer  Computer Software  IT & Networks
 IT Consultants
 Programmer
 Specialist:

Construction

 Bricklayer/Stonemason
 Builder/General Contractor  Cabinet Maker
 Carpenter
 Commercial Builder
 Demolition Contractor
 Electrician
 Energy Services
 Environmental Services
 Fireplace & Oven Builder
 Flooring
 Furniture Repair/Upholstery  Glass
 Handyman
 HVAC - Heating & Air
 Interior Decorator
 Metal Work
 Painter
 Pest Control
 Plasterer
 Plumbing
 Pools, Spas & Saunas
 Power Washing
 Renovations/Remodeling  Restoration
 Roofing & Gutters
 Septic Systems
 Shutters & Awnings
 Solar
 Tile Worker
 Window Treatments
 Windows & Doors
 Specialist:

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Consulting

 Business Broker
 Business Consultant -

Management
 Business Consultant - Quality

Management
 Business Consultant - Small

Business  Specialist:

Employment Activities

 Administrative Services  Employment Agency
 Human Resources
 Recruiter

 Specialist:

Event & Business Service

 Event Manager/Marketer  Event Planner
 Event Venue/Room Rental  Hotel

 Office Services
 Technicians - Audio, Video
 Translator/Language Services  Specialist:

Finance & Insurance

 Banking Services
 Business Financing
 Collections
 Commercial Insurance
 Credit Card/Merchant Services  Financial Advisor
 Financial Trustee
 Group Benefits
 Health Insurance
 Insurance Adjuster
 Life & Disability Insurance
 Pensions
 Property & Casualty Insurance  Residential Mortgages Supplemental Insurance
 Specialist:

Food & Beverage

 Baker
 Cater
 Restaurant
 Wine Merchant/Wine  Specialist:

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Health & Wellness

 Acupuncture
 Alternative Wellness
 Chiropractor
 Counselor/Psychotherapist  Doctor/Physician
 Eye Care
 General Dentist
 Health Facility/Gym/Club  Hypnotherapist
 Massage Therapist
 Naturopaths
 Nutritional Supplements
 Nutritionist
 Orthodontist
 Osteopath
 Personal Trainer - Fitness  Pharmacist
 Physical Therapist
 Specialist:

Legal & Accounting

 Accounting Services

  •   Bankruptcy Law
  •   Bookkeeping
  •   Business Law
  •   Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  •   Civil Law
  •   Criminal Defense Law
  •   Employment/Labor Law
  •   Estate Planning Law
  •   Family Law
  •   Immigration Law
  •   Intellectual Property Law
  •   Lawyer
  •   Legal Service Plan
  •   Mediator
  •   Notary
  •   Payroll Service
  •   Personal Injury Law
  •   Real Estate Law
  •   Tax Advisor
  •   Tax Law
  •   Specialist:Manufacturing

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 Chambers/Associations  Non-Profits/Fundraising

Organizations  Specialist:

Personal Services

 Color & Style Consultant  Cosmetics/Skin Care
 Dry Cleaning/Laundry
 Funeral Planning/Services  Salon/Spa

Senior Service Provider  Specialist:

Real Estate Services

 Carpet, Upholstery Cleaner  Cleaning Service
 Commercial Real Estate
 Electricity & Gas Dealers  Home Staging

 Property Management
 Real Estate Appraisal
 Real Estate Inspector
 Real Estate Investments
 Real Estate Maintenance
 Residential Real Estate Agent  Title Services

 Waste Disposal  Specialist:

Retail

 Appliances
 Art Dealer/Gallery Owner
 Book Dealers
 Building Materials
 Cleaning Products
 Clothing & Accessories Retailer  Custom Clothing/Tailor
 Electrical Equipment
 Electronics Retailer
 Environmental Products
 Fashion Jewelry
 Fine Jewelry
 Florist
 Furniture Retailer
 Gifts
 Lighting Retailers
 Office Equipment/Machines

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 Water Systems  Wood Merchants  Specialist:

Security & Investigation

 Fire Protection
 Investigative Services/Detective  Locksmith
 Occupational Safety
 Security Personnel
 Security Systems
 Specialist:

Sports & Leisure

 Martial Arts Yoga/Pilates/Qi-gong Trainer  Specialist:

Telecommunications

 Mobile Telecommunications Telecommunications

Products/Services  Specialist:

Training & Coaching

 Business Training/Coach  Communication Coach  Education Services/Tutor  Leadership Coach

 Life Coach Management Coach  Specialist:

Transport & Shipping

 Courier
 Freight Service
 Mailing Service
 Moving Company
 Shuttle/Limousine Service  Specialist:

Travel

 Tours/Tour Guide  Travel Agent
 Specialist

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7.4.4. Reasons to Decline an Application
The following are several suggested guidelines for declining an application. This list is not meant to be

either exhaustive or binding.

  1. There is an unacceptable overlap in professional classification between a prospective Member and a current Member (as determined by the Membership Committee).
  2. The profession of the prospective Member listed on the application is not his/her primary focus.
  3. One or more objections have been filed by Members regarding the prospective Member’s type of service, quality of product or service, business ethics or professionalism.
  4. The prospective Member does not possess the proper credentials for his/her profession (where applicable), e.g. required licensing or other certification.
  5. The prospective Member is also a Member of another competing organization that has only one person per profession and its primary goal is to pass referrals.
  6. The prospective Member provided incomplete or inaccurate information on the Membership Application, e.g. no references or failed to answer the questions listed.
  7. The prospective Member is unable to service and/or provide referrals in the community where the Chapter is located.
  8. Poor attitude; wrong dynamics for the Chapter.

7.4.5. Transferring Members

The strength of BNI® is in the relationships that we build. Those relationships take time and commitment to one another to build and maintain. When someone joins a Chapter, they make a commitment to the Chapter and its Members. That commitment should be taken very seriously both by the Membership Committee and the applicant.

On occasion that commitment changes and a person may need or want to transfer to a different Chapter. Reasons for transferring include relocating to another city; territory has been reassigned; changing jobs to a new classification that is filled in the current Chapter; The transfer process is typically 2- to 3-weeks.

BNI Administrative Policy #8: A Member requesting a transfer from his/her current Chapter to a new Chapter will be required to submit a completed new Membership Application to the Membership Committee of the new Chapter. In addition, if the Member has less than 12 months of paid membership credit, he/she must submit a renewal payment. Or, if the Member has more than 12 months of membership, no additional investment is required. Upon acceptance into the new Chapter, the credit from his/her previous Chapter will be added to his/her membership in the new Chapter as well as the renewal time, if applicable.

If a Member of another Chapter approaches your Chapter about transferring, please contact your Director/Director Consultant so that he/she can walk you through the process. The Member can get started with the Member Transfer Form.

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7.4.6. Member Transfer Form

The strength of BNI® is in the relationships we build. Those relationships take time and commitment to one another to build and maintain. When someone joins a Chapter they make a commitment to the chapter and its members. That commitment should be taken seriously by both the Membership Committee and the applicant.

On occasion circumstances change and a person may need or want to transfer to a different Chapter. Reasons for transferring include relocating, territory reassignment, and job/category change. Transferring to a different chapter is a courtesy and privilege granted to Members in good standing.

Members wishing to transfer, please follow these steps:

  1. Do your best to find a new member to be a replacement in current Chapter.
  2. Notify the Membership Committee of your current chapter of your intent to transfer.
  3. Complete this form and contact your Area Director for consideration and signature.
  4. Submit new BNI Membership Application to the Membership Committee of the potential newchapter for consideration.
    1. If remaining time on membership is less than 12 months, transferring member mustpurchase additional Annual Participation Fee, *see BNI Administrative Policy #8.
    2. Include this form completed and signed by Area Director.

Membership Committee, please follow these steps:

  1. Process the new application with due diligence (Interview, One-to-One, references, research)
    1. Contact the current Chapter Vice President – you may ask “If the transferring memberreapplied to your chapter, would you accept them?”
    2. Review PALMS and Power of One data supplied by transferring member or chapter.
  2. Contact Area Director for transfer process approval.

Member’s Name: __________________________________________________________________ Current Chapter: __________________________________________________________________ Potential New Chapter: _____________________________________________________________ Reason for transfer request: _________________________________________________________ To be completed by Area Director:

Remaining months of credit available to transfer: _________
Signature of Director: ______________________________________________________________

Once transfer is approved by the Director and Application is approved by the new Chapter Membership Committee, Member ensures the above steps are completed. The Secretary/Treasurer or Vice President includes completed and signed copy of this form when submitting application for processing on your regional website. The transfer and new application will be processed in BNI Connect.

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7.5. Member Engagement Chair

The Membership Committee Member Engagement Chair focuses on creating a game plan for Members who need additional support to be successful and ensures all renewals are approved/declined in a timely manner.

7.5.1. Blended Learning Plan

 Membership Committee Member Engagement Chair eLearning – before transition  Chapter Success Meeting Instructor Led Training (ILT) – before transition
 Community Building & Member Engagement ILT – before transition
 Chapter Mission, Vision & Goals ILT – three months after taking role

 BNI Leadership Basics eLearning (Recommended) – five months after taking role
 Leadership Team Transition eLearning (Recommended) – seven months after taking role

7.5.2. Checklist of Responsibilities

To be on the Leadership Team, the Membership Committee Member Engagement Chair agrees to:

 Fulfill the responsibilities listed below;

 Sign the BNI Support Leadership Team Non-Disclosure, Non-Solicitation and Non-Compete Agreement;

 Complete Leadership Team Training (eLearning and Instructor Led Training). ONGOING

  •   Keep track of upcoming Seven-Month Reviews
  •   Assign Seven-Month Review to a Membership Committee Member
  •   Support Members in the online renewal process in BNI Connect®
  •   Review the monthly the Power of One Report to identify the three Members who need support and coaching
  •   Perform Coaching Moments as needed

7.5.3. The Seven-Month Check-In

The Goal of the Seven-Month Check-In is to:

  • Clarity for the Member about his/her development in the Chapter from a personal point of view and from the point of view of the Membership Committee
  • Clarity for the Member about his/her strengths and development potential
  • Providing the possibility of corrective changes before the membership renewal date
  • Terms and conditions for membership renewal are clarified
  • Increased renewal rateThe Seven-Month Check-In Process includes:

1. Discussion of the Members that are due to renew in the following six months in the monthly Chapter Success Meeting:

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o MembershipCommitteedeterminesstrengthsanddevelopmentpotentialbasedonthe PALMS Report, Member Training Report and observable attitude and performance.

o Ifneeded,theMembershipCommitteeappointsamentortosupporttheneeded development of the Member.

o ThecommentsoftheMembershipCommitteearethebasisfordiscussionandwillbenoted in the Seven-Month Check-in Form.

o AMemberoftheMembershipCommitteewhohasgoodrapportwiththeMemberisgoingto conduct the feedback session.

Setting a date for the One-to-One with the Member

o TheMembershipCommitteeMemberforwardsthePowerofOneReporttotheMember before the conversation.

Questions during the conversation

o HowareyoufeelingintheChapter?

o HowwouldyouevaluateyourbenefitsfromyourBNImembership?

o TowhatextenthaveyoureachedyourgoalsconcerningGIVINGandRECEIVINGinthe last six months?

o DiscussionofthecommentsoftheMembershipCommittee(seeabove)!Possible suggestion of a mentor.

o Whatsuggestionsdoyouhave?

o Whatothertopicsyouwouldliketodiscuss?

o Finalquestion:Ifyouhadtodecidetodaywhetheryouwillapplyforyourmembershiptobe renewed, what is the likelihood (in %) that you will renew?

At the Chapter Success Meeting, the Membership Committee Member gives a brief report about the results of the discussion for the other Members. From this discussion, the following should be discussed:

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7.5.4. Seven-Month Check-In Form

Name of the Member: Required documents: • Power of One

Comments by the Membership Committee

Strengths

Membership Committee Member:

Questions During the Check-In

1. How are you feeling in the Chapter?

• Member Training Records Development Potential

Date of Session:

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  1. How would you evaluate your benefits from your BNI membership?
  2. To what extent have you reached your goals concerning GIVING and RECEIVING in the last six months?
  3. Discussion of the comments of the Membership Committee (see above)! Possible suggestion of a mentor.
  4. What suggestions do you have?
  5. What other topics would you like to discuss?
  6. Final question: If you had to decide today whether you will apply for your membership to be renewed, what is the likelihood (in %) that you will renew?

7.5.5. Perform Coaching Moments

BNI® has adopted the GROW coaching model to help Members develop and improve. GROW stands for Goal, Reality, Options and Way Forward. Below are some questions that can be used as you coach a Member.

GOAL – What are the goals set forth by the Chapter and why.

  • What does the Chapter need from the Member?
  • Why is change necessary by the Member to meet the goals that have been set?
  • What does the Member want?
  • What will accomplishing the goals get the Member?
  • What does success look like?REALITY – How is the Member performing today?
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    • What is wrong with performance/goal attainment today?
    • How do you feel?
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OPTIONS – What plan can be set in place going forward for the Member to succeed and meet the goals of the Chapter?

  • What are the options? Mentoring? Training?
  • What are some ways you can approach the issue and improve?
  • What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of each option?
  • What will happen if change doesn’t happen?WAY FORWARD – How will the Member proceed on their path to improving?
    • What option is your best choice?
    • When will you get started? What is the first step of action?
    • What else do you need to do?
    • On a scale of 1-10 (10 being high), how committed are you to this plan?
    • What would it take you to be a ten?
    • What accountability structures would help you?
    • How will we celebrate the success?

7.6. Community Building Chair

The Membership Committee Community Building Chair maintains and communicates growth initiatives including the top 10 list of most wanted professional classifications and calling any Members who need support around attendance.

7.6.1. Blended Learning Plan

 Membership Committee Community Building Chair eLearning – before transition  Chapter Success Meeting Instructor Led Training (ILT) – before transition
 Community Building & Member Engagement ILT) before transition
 Chapter Mission, Vision & Goals ILT – three months after taking role

 BNI Leadership Basics eLearning (Recommended) – five months after taking role
 Leadership Team Transition eLearning (Recommended) – seven months after taking role

7.6.2. Checklist of Responsibilities

To be on the Leadership Team, the Membership Committee Community Building Chair agrees to:

 Fulfill the responsibilities listed below;

 Sign the BNI Support Leadership Team Non-Disclosure, Non-Solicitation and Non-Compete Agreement;

 Complete Leadership Team Training (eLearning and Instructor Led Training). As Needed

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Identify and communicate the top ten professional classifications wanted in the Chapter.

Consistently educate Members on importance of attendance policy to the success of the Chapter.

Uphold the attendance policy by making phone calls to Members who were absent to each week’s meeting.

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 Get approval from Vice President and Director/Director Consultant prior to mailing the Open Classification Letter and making the fourth absence phone call – timing is very important!

7.6.3. Identify & Communicate the Top Ten Professional Classifications

The most successful Members are typically in the most balanced Chapters. Did you know that if we could build Chapters with eight Members in each of the six major Contact Spheres, Chapters would be 48 thriving Members? Fifty to sixty percent of your referrals come from people in your Contact Sphere.

The best way to identify what classifications are needed in the Chapter is to examine the existing Members by contact sphere. To do this easily and effectively, follow the steps outlined below.

  1. Using the resource, Chapter Contact Sphere List 8 in 6, fill in the names of the Members holding that classification/specialty*. This shows how many Members exist in each Contact Sphere to understand your starting point. *Classifications/specialties were developed using the number of Members in each category globally. If the classifications need to be edited for your Chapter, you may take the PowerPoint version from BNI University of the document and edit the professional classifications.
  2. Start creating the top ten list by looking at Contact Spheres that have one or two Members in them. It is important to start supporting your existing Members before you start building a Contact Sphere that doesn’t exist in the Chapter.
  3. Then focus on building each Contact Sphere equally. Use stack days or theme days discussed in the “Encourage Members to Invite Visitors” course to build out each Contact Sphere. The goal should be to get at least eight Members into each of the major Contact Spheres.
  4. As the Chapter grows, consider adding Contact Spheres not represented on this list as they are identified by Members.

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7.6.5. Implementing the Attendance Policy

Attendance is one of the most critical aspects of BNI®. If a Member is not in attendance at your meeting, how can they learn what it is you need to build your business? And how will you be able to help them build their business if they are not there to educate and train you? Experience has shown that the more successful Chapters have very good attendance and the less successful Chapters have poor attendance. The BNI attendance policy is:

BNI General Policy #5: “Attendance is critical to the group. If a Member cannot attend, they may send a substitute (not a Member of their Chapter) to the meeting. This will not count as an absence. A Member is allowed three absences within a rolling six-month period. More than this and the Member’s classification is subject to being opened by the Chapter’s Leadership Team or Membership Committee.”

When a Member misses a meeting an automated email is sent (based on PALMS submission) as a courtesy. In addition, when a Member loses an absence over time, a congratulatory email is sent. A Member may be terminated by letter after their fourth absence within any six-month period. If you do not follow this policy, it will weaken your Chapter! Always notify your BNI Director/Director Consultant when it becomes necessary to open a Member’s classification.

To build the community through the attendance policy, it is recommended the Community Building Chairs make a phone call after each absence and before the fourth absence in which the Member’s seat is opened. Each call should include: “We missed you today! Is everything okay? What can we do to help? We value your participation in the Chapter!”

The Membership Committee also tracks and coaches Members who are consistently late and/or leave early. Use the Absence Report from BNI Connect® each week for reviewing attendance and timekeeping records and do any necessary coaching with Members needing additional support. Waiting until the monthly Chapter Success Meeting to take action may lead to a missed opportunity to retain a Member.

7.6.6. Certificate of Credit/Medical Leave of Absence

Legitimate personal medical leaves are allowed by BNI General Policy #9. If medical leave applies, use M on the PALMS Report to indicate that a Member is on an approval Medical Leave of Absence. The BNI Leave of Absence Policy states:

BNI General Policy #9: “There are no leaves of absence except for medical leaves. A Member may take up to eight weeks’ medical leave with the Membership Committee’s prior approval if their fees are pre-paid for that period of time and they attempt to have someone “fill-in” during their leave.”

When you receive a request for a Certificate of Credit or Medical Leave, please contact your Director/Director Consultant to walk you through the process.

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7.6.7. Request for Certificate of Credit or Medical Leave

Option 1: Certificate of Credit

A Certificate of Credit (COC) is the equivalent to the number of remaining months of a membership once a Member is dropped from the Chapter; it has no cash value. A COC can be issued to Members in good standing who need to leave BNI. Often, this option is taken when an 8-week medical leave is insufficient. A Member who is not in good standing due to policy or ethics violations are not entitled to a Certificate of Credit. A COC is valid for up to two years from the Member’s last recorded meeting date. When a member is issued a (COC) their membership ends, and their classification is opened for another qualified professional.

Option 2: Medical Leave of Absence

BNI General Policy #9: “There are no leaves of absence except for medical leaves. A Member may take up to eight weeks’ medical leave with the Membership Committee’s prior approval if their fees are pre-paid for that period of time and they attempt to have someone “fill-in” during their leave.”

A Medical Leave of Absence may not exceed eight weeks in length. While on approved medical leave, the membership continues, and the member’s classification is held open. Members are responsible for returning to the Chapter meetings at the end of the approved time period. If the Member does not return after the completion of the Medical Leave of Absence and accrues their fourth absence during a rolling six-month period, the Member automatically forfeits their used and unused membership time, as well as their classification within the Chapter.

Instructions: Members complete Step One, then submit this form to their Chapter’s Membership Committee. The Membership Committee should review this request, complete Step Two, and then submit it to the BNI Area Director for final approval.

Step One: Member’s Request

Member Name: _____________________________________________________________________

Chapter Name: _____________________________________________________________________

I would like to request: Option 1: Certificate of Credit Option 2: Medical Leave of Absence

Last Meeting Date: __________________ Return Date (for Leave of Absence): _________________

Member’s Official Renewal Date: _______________________ (Note: Must not precede Return Date)

Substitute Name (for Leave of Absence Option): ___________________________________________

Reason: __________________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________

Step Two: Membership Committee Approval

Membership Committee Approves: Option 1: Certificate of Credit Option 2: Leave of Absence Vice President Signature: ___________________________________________ Date: ____________ Last Meeting Date: __________________________________________________________________ Reason: ___________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________

When completed by both the Member and the Membership Committee, please submit to your Area Director.

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7.7. Member Relations Chair

The Membership Committee Member Relations Chair handles any constructive facilitation between Members as needed and identifies any leading indicators that might cause concern

7.7.1. Blended Learning Plan

 Membership Committee Member Relations Chair eLearning – before transition
 Chapter Success Meeting Instructor Led Training (ILT) – before transition
 Member Relations ILT– before transition
 Chapter Mission, Vision & Goals ILT (Recommended) – three months after taking role  BNI Leadership Basics eLearning (Recommended) – five months after taking role

 Leadership Team Transition eLearning (Recommended) – seven months after taking role 7.7.2. Checklist of Responsibilities

To be on the Leadership Team, the Membership Committee Member Relations Chair agrees to:

  •   Fulfill the responsibilities listed below;
  •   Sign the BNI Support Leadership Team Non-Disclosure, Non-Solicitation and Non-Compete Agreement;
  •   Complete Leadership Team Training (eLearning and Instructor Led Training). As Needed
  •   Receive incoming concerns and complaints.
  •   Contact Vice President and Director/Director Consultant as soon as a written complaint issubmitted
  •   Help make arrangements to follow the process when a written complaint is initiated usingMember Complaint Processing Checklist.
  •   Help coach or arrange for a mentor or other Membership Committee Member to coachMembers as needed using the GROW Coaching Model
  •   Bring Member Complaint Processing Checklist to monthly Chapter Success Meeting, when acomplaint is in process.

7.7.3. Evaluating Member Complaints

When the Membership Committee observes conflicts or receives written complaints about a Member’s poor-quality referrals, poor attendance, policy violation or failure to uphold the Code of Ethics, the Membership Committee must take action. If the quality of a Member’s service or professionalism is in serious question, the following steps are to be followed before opening the Member’s classification. The Membership Committee may, however, open a Member’s classification without probation, if warranted, with Director/Director Consultant and Regional/Area Director approval.

Please keep in mind that a complaint doesn’t exist until the Membership Committee has received knowledge of the problem through either first-hand experience or WRITTEN documentation from other Chapter Members.

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Most complaints are the result of a miscommunication or misunderstanding. First, encourage the Member with the complaint to try to work it out with the other Member. Encourage a One-to-One to open the lines of communication, share their concerns, and clear up the misunderstanding. If this does not clear up the misunderstanding, or the Member is unable or unwilling to work it out, the Membership Committee follows the complaint process:

  1. Member submits complaint in writing to the Membership Committee.
    This must happen before the Membership Committee proceeds to the next step.
  2. Vice President contacts the Director/Director Consultant for support PRIOR to proceeding.
  3. Membership Committee interviews both parties involvedo Eachpartyisinterviewedindividually.
    o Interviewthepersonfilingthecomplainttofindoutmissinginformation.
    o InterviewtheMemberatissuetoallowthemtogivetheirversionofthestory.
    o Ideally,twoMembershipCommitteeMembersintervieweachparty.
    o Takenotesanddocumenttheconversations(date,keypoints,Members’reactions).
    o Complaintlettersarenotshowntopartiesatissue,howeverkeypointsmaybeshared.
  4. Full Membership Committee, including the Vice President, meets to discuss the interviews to: o DetermineifthereisaviolationinaBNIPolicyorCodeofEthics
    o Determineseverityoftheviolation
  5. Determine a Resolution

o DecisionismadebymajorityvoteofacompleteandfullytrainedMembershipCommittee. The goal is to seek consensus of a resolution that is in the best interest of the Chapter.

o ContactinvolvedMemberstonotifythemoftheoutcome/resolution, Dispute Resolution Options

Coaching

  1. Ask, "How can we help you resolve this issue?" and get the parties involved in coming to a resolution.
  2. If the concern at hand is a Chapter-wide topic, encourage the Education Coordinator to address it through a Networking Education Moment.
  3. Encourage the Member’s Mentor to have a One-to-One and work with them on a specific area.
  4. Assign appropriate BNI University coursework for completion by Member.
  5. If the concern at hand is a Chapter-wide topic, ask the Director/Director Consultant to conduct a Feature Presentation to address the issue.

Probation (See Progressive Coaching Program)

1. 2.

Only a majority vote is needed from the Membership Committee (including the Vice President) to pursue probation; however, attempt to seek consensus.

Confirmation from the Director/Director Consultant that the process was followed is required.

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  1. Length of probation time is determined by the Membership Committee.
  2. Use the appropriate BNI Accountability Letter found in the BNI University > Content > Leadership Team Resources folder.

o AddMember’sname,date,CodeofEthicsorPolicyviolationreference,andlengthof probation

o Nootherdetailsaretobeadded

o Sendcertifiedmail,notemailed
5. Ideally two Membership Committee Members meet(s) with the challenged Member

o Explainreasonsforprobation.
o Provideanexampleofthetypesofbehaviorsthatcouldbeconsideredaviolationof

probation and result in opening the classification to another qualified professional.

o Measurablecoursesofactionthatallowforaccountability,suchasretakingtheMember Success Program or bringing a certain number or qualified referrals or visitors, are to be addressed in this conversation.

o VicePresidentdocumentsthisconversationforChapterrecords.

6. If, at the end of the probation, the problem has not been rectified, the Membership Committee must meet to consider opening the classification. Always involve and get approval from your Director that the process was followed PRIOR to opening a Member’s classification.

Open Classification

  1. The Membership Committee may open the Member’s classification without probation, if warranted. Always involve and get approval from your Director that the process was followed PRIOR to opening a Member’s classification.
  2. If the Membership Committee determines that the challenged Member is too toxic for the Chapter or the challenged Member has lost credibility and refer-ability to have further success in the Chapter, they may open the Member’s classification to a more qualified reliable professional, with Director approval.
  3. Use appropriate BNI Accountability Letter found in the University > Content > Leadership Team Resourceso AddMember’sname,date,andCodeofEthicsorPolicyviolationreference o Nootherdetailsaretobeadded
    o SendcertifiedU.S.P.S.mail,donotemail
  4. One Membership Committee Member calls challenged Member to notify him/her and briefly explain the decision.

In the event a dispute arises involving a Membership Committee Member, the Member will be removed from his/her duties during the dispute processing and the vacancy filled as described earlier in this Membership Committee section. The Vice President may call on other Members as deemed necessary. For instance, in the case of a dispute investigation, it may be necessary to have both men and women involved to keep the process gender neutral.

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7.7.4. Member Complaint Processing Checklist

Use the following guideline in processing a Member’s complaint, in the order each item appears below. Initial and date each item as they are completed. Once complete, submit a copy to your Chapter Director Consultant.

Original Date of Complaint:

Chapter Name:

1. Make Sure the Complaint Is:

 In Writing

 Based on Firsthand Experience

 From a BNI Member (this Chapter or any other)

Vice President Name:

Date Confirmed: Date Confirmed: Date Confirmed:

Initials: Initials: Initials:

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2. Contact your Director prior to proceeding with the complaint process. Date Completed:

3. Assign a Fully Trained Membership Committee Date Completed:

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Vice President Name:
Membership Committee Name:
Membership Committee Name:
Membership Committee Name:
Membership Committee Name:
4. Vice President Assigns Two Membership Committee Members to Interview:  The party who filed the complaint (name):

Month/Year Trained: Month/Year Trained: Month/Year Trained: Month/Year Trained: Month/Year Trained:

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Key elements of the conversation (facts and timeline):

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5. Meet to Discuss the Findings

The full Membership Committee meets to discuss the findings. Was there a violation of the BNI Policies or BNI Code of Ethics? Determine the appropriate course of action toward a resolution.

 Coaching Probation
Open Classification Comments:

Resolution:

6. Issue the Appropriate BNI Accountability Letter

Date Completed:

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Create the appropriate BNI Accountability Letter; Have Director/Director Consultant approve prior to mailing via certified mail

7. Notify Both Parties of the Decisions Date Completed:

Date Completed:

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7.8. Accountability Letters

  • Accountability Letters can be downloaded in Word Form documents from BNI® University.
  • These letters must be sent out fairly and consistently to all Members, without exception.
  • Do not alter the BNI Accountability Letters. They have been approved by BNI attorneys.
  • Always use plain paper, not your business letterhead.
  • Date the letter; use the date in which it will be mailed.
  • Always use the mailing address for the recipient found in BNI Connect®.
  • Always sign the letters from “The Membership Committee”; never use an individual name.
  • When mailing a probation or open classification letter, they must be mailed via First Class,certified mail.
  • Always get your Director/Director Consultant’s approval prior to sending an Open Classificationor Probation letter.
  • In all cases, these letters should be emailed to your Director/Director Consultant and the BNIRegional Office at the time it is mailed to the applicant/Member.

    Timing Is Everything!

    When a Member misses a meeting, an automated email is sent (based on PALMS submission) as a courtesy. In addition, when a Member loses an absence over time, a congratulatory email is sent. It is imperative the Vice President submits the PALMS report within 48 hours (or fewer) from the conclusion of each weekly meeting.

    Letters for Probation – Letters downloadable on the University > Content > Leadership Team Resources folder

  • Accountability Letter #05
  • Accountability Letter #06
  • Accountability Letter #07
  • Accountability Letter #08
  • Accountability Letter #09Letter for Opening a Classification

Probation: BNI Code of Ethics Violation
Probation: BNI General or Administrative Policies Violation Probation: Lack of Participation
Probation: Timekeeping
Probation: Disruptive Behavior in the Chapter

Opening a Classification for BNI Policy, Code of Ethics or

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8.0 Secretary/Treasurer

The Secretary/Treasurer tracks, announces and collects new and renewal application and participation fees; maintains speaker rotation for presentations on BNI Connect®; announces the speakers; tracks and collects venue fees, if applicable; provides direction to the Chapter.

8.1. Blended Learning Plan

  •   Secretary/Treasurer’s Leadership Team eLearning – before transition
  •   Chapter Success Meeting Instructor Led Training (ILT) – before transition
  •   Budget & Feature Presentation ILT – before transition
  •   Lead an Effective Weekly Meeting ILT – before transition
  •   Chapter Mission, Vision & Goals ILT – three months after taking role
  •   BNI Leadership Basics eLearning (Recommended) – five months after taking role
  •   Leadership Team Transition eLearning (Recommended) – seven months after taking role

8.2. Secretary/Treasurer Checklist of Responsibilities

To be on the Leadership Team, the Secretary/Treasurer agrees to:
 Fulfill the responsibilities listed below;
 Have one or more months in remaining dues;
 Sign the BNI Leadership Team Non-Disclosure, Non-Solicitation and Non-Compete Agreement;  Complete Leadership Team Training (eLearning and Instructor Led Training).

BEFORE the Chapter Meeting Each Week

  •   Arrive 15 minutes early to the meeting
  •   Prepare for a successful meeting
    •   Have Speaker Rotation List ready to announce upcoming speakers
    •   Have Biography Sheets ready for today’s speakers
    •   Have Monthly Membership Dues Report available to remind Members who is upcoming on their dues
  •   Keep updated Member Sign-In Sheet and print for the Welcome Table DURING the Chapter Meeting Each Week
  •   Time the Member Weekly Presentations and Visitor Introductions (or assign to a Member)  Consider using the BNI Timer App found at iTunes App Store/Play Store for Android
  •   Announce upcoming speakers for the next four weeks
    •   Reminder: $15-$20 value door prize should be brought by the Featured Speaker(s) eachweek
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 Announce which Members are late

 Remind Members to pay their Chapter fees
 Read the Secretary/Treasurer Report on the cost of membership verbatim when visitors are

present

AFTER the Chapter Meeting Each Week

  •   Participate in the Weekly Chapter Success Call with your Director (along with your President and Vice President)
  •   Collect payment confirmations from the Vice President/Membership Committee
  •   Verify approved Renewal Applications and payment confirmations that have been approved bythe Membership Committee
  •   Enter all approved new Members into BNI Connect® (Do not enter transferring Members)
  •   Submit Chapter Roster changes within 24 hours using the Member and LT Resources link on your regional website.
    •   Submit copy of new and transferring applications and proofs of payments to the regional website AFTER receiving approval from Membership Committee and the Member is inducted or renewal acknowledged
    •   Ensure all applications have the date, applicant’s signature, sponsoring Member and correct Chapter name
    •   Report dropped Members using the Member and LT Resources link on your regional website; include their actual last meeting date and reason for dropping
  •   Make bank deposits of monies received during the meeting from meal payments, room fees, and drawings only
  •   Continue to rotate Members on the speaker rotation list; enter Member’s speaking topic and date in BNI Connect® Ensure you received your Director/Director Consultant’s Feature Presentation schedule; add dates to your speaker rotation list

    AS NEEDED

     Conduct One-to-Ones with new Members as part of the Passport to Success Mentor Program

     Pay bills with the approval of the President MONTHLY

    •   Attend monthly Chapter Success Meetings
       Report on Chapter Roster, Membership Dues Report and Chapter bank account
    •   At the last Chapter meeting each month, connect with Participation & Renewals Chair to ensure upcoming approved Membership Renewal Applications have been processed
    •   Print a current Chapter Roster from BNI Connect® and place on Member Resource Table
    •   Balance the Chapter checkbook ANNUALLY Create a budget for your BNI® Chapter

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 Participate in the Leadership Team Selection Process as guided by your Director. 8.3. Payments for Applications (New & Renewals)

New Applicants can pay by credit card or check – we now accept and prefer echecks which shortens the time it takes to get new Members into our system and saves you a stamp! This option is on your regional website when an applicant chooses to pay online. If a paper check is received as the payment for a new or renewing Membership Application, the payment goes directly to the Secretary/Treasurer for holding until the Membership Committee Application Review Process is complete and the applicant is approved. The Secretary/Treasurer ensures the check is for the correct amount and made payable to BNI Global, LLC. Upon approval, the Secretary/Treasurer submits the payment to the BNI Global Office with a copy of the application.

The Secretary/Treasurer should NEVER deposit a membership dues payment into your Chapter checking account.

8.4. Monthly Membership Dues Report

On the first day of every month, in BNI Connect® go to Reports >> Chapter >> Membership Dues Report, select today’s date, then Go.

Explanation of Member statuses on Membership Dues Report of Late, Expired, and Dropped:

  • Shows as Late = Member did not renew by renewal date i.e. November 1, Member can still renew online. Late Fee applies.
  • Shows as Expired = Member did not renew as of day 16 i.e. November 16 and now has no access to BNI Connect and Mobile App. Secretary/Treasurer submits a helpdesk ticket to assist Member with renewal process. Late fee applies.
  • Shows as Dropped =
    o MemberdidnotrenewonemonthfollowingRenewalDatei.e.December1.Membermustreapply as a new applicant and Application Fee applies. Or o Membervoluntarilyresigned.

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1. Review Member Dues Report for the following:

o ComparethereportmonthlyagainstwhoisattendingyourmeetingsasaMember.Is anyone missing?

o CheckthelatelisttoseewhostillneedstosubmittheironlineMembershipRenewal Application with the automatic late fee.

o ChecktoseewhoshowsasexpiredordroppedfromtheChapterandtakeappropriate action if Member wishes to renew.

  1. Drop any Members who are no longer with the Chapter. Follow the process outlined on the CORE Operations Process.
  2. Communicate with your Director Consultant that your roster is up to date

Term + Months

The officer due dates indicate Term + X months. This means that when an Executive Leadership Team Member (P, VP, S/T) successfully executes his/her role, dues are “suspended” during the leadership term. The membership will be due to renew again after X months following the end of the leadership term served.

Use this report to announce upcoming dues to your Chapter membership on a weekly basis.

8.5. Speaker Rotation Schedule

The Feature Presentation is a benefit of membership that is very important in the relationship-building process with the BNI Chapter. It is critical each Member has access to this membership privilege.

Tips for Creating the Speaker Rotation Schedule

1. 2.

3.

4. 5. 6.

When creating the speaker rotation, use the Chapter Roster Report on BNI Connect®. The roster is in alphabetical order, which can become the order of the speaker rotation.

Once you have a first draft, you may ask Members with cyclical businesses if they would like to speak during a certain part of the year (i.e. landscaper in February to get ready for spring planting or a florist just before Valentine’s Day).

Enter your final draft into BNI Connect® by going to Operations >> Meeting Management >> View/Edit Speakers. By entering your upcoming Featured Speakers here, Members automatically receive an email reminding them of their presentation date. It also reminds them to complete their Member Biography Sheet online.

Additionally, by entering your speakers online in BNI Connect®, your Chapter’s web page will display your upcoming speakers and their respective topics.

Be sure to include your Director/Director Consultant’s speaking schedule, if provided to you in advance.

Enter eight weeks and leave two weeks open. These slots will be for new Members completing the Member Success Program and your BNI Director/Director Consultant. When you have an opening six weeks out, you can insert someone in from another part of the list.

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8.6. Bank Accounts for Non-BNI®–Related Activities

The BNI Weekly Chapter Meeting Agenda contains all of the elements needed to conduct a BNI Chapter meeting. Additionally, there are other aspects of operating a BNI Chapter (Membership Extravaganza, for example) that are also BNI®-related activities. Meetings of the Membership Committee are BNI®-related activities as well.

Chapters meet at various times of the day, sometimes convenient to the eating of a meal. Chapters may meet in facilities that have a rental fee or other charge. From time to time, Chapters may wish to buy flowers for a sick or grieving Member or make a contribution to a local or other charity in the name of the Chapter. These, however, are not BNI®-related activities; they are not required for the conduct of BNI Meetings or ongoing Chapter activities, are not coordinated by a Director/Director Consultant and are solely at the discretion of the individual Members.

Some Chapters have decided that, for the convenience of the Members, it is useful to have a non- BNI®–related activities bank account to handle these non- BNI®–related activities. This may be used to aggregate payments for meals, make gifts to Members and others, have holiday parties for the Chapter, etc. Since these are not official or required BNI®-related activities, this is at the sole discretion of the Members of the Chapter, and they take sole responsibility for the operation of the bank account.

If you choose to have an account for such purposes, we highly recommend never accumulating more than your current needs or at most two months’ worth of aggregation of expenses to be paid for non- BNI®–related activities.

Over the years, BNI Global LLC has been asked to provide information on best practices for opening and operating such accounts. While we provide such information, please bear in mind that having a bank account for non-BNI® related activities of the Chapter is completely voluntary. It does not mean that you have formed a separate business entity. Again, we emphasize that you should only collect enough money to meet the cash outlay needs of your non- BNI®–related activities for a maximum of a month or two in advance.

8.6.1. Opening Non-BNI®–Related Activities Bank Accounts (USA)

Note: Neither BNI Global LLC nor the BNI Franchisee will be liable for non-BNI®–related activity bank accounts. Individual Chapter checking accounts are not required. All BNI® participation fees are to be submitted to the BNI Global Office to process. BNI® does not authorize Chapters to process participation fees through these or any other accounts.

To the extent a Chapter wishes to have a non-BNI®–related activity bank account, the following example is a sample of how this may be accomplished. Accounts should be opened by a minimum of two Members who will be signatories on the account. These Members do not necessarily have to be Leadership Team Members. Remember, Secretary/Treasurers do not deposit membership and application payments; these are sent to the BNI Global Office for further processing.

There should be two signatures required on checks for added protection. Whenever one of the signatories is no longer responsible for the account, a replacement should be selected by the Members.

The first step to opening the account is to obtain a federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) for banking purposes only. This may be done online, there is no charge for the EIN application, and you will receive your number immediately. Remember, you will fill out the form “for banking purposes only.” The IRS makes this option available because banks usually require an EIN for opening a bank account, even if it is a casual group of people not forming a new business entity but rather opening a bank account for their convenience. Other examples include a bridge club or a church league ball team.

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Please note that the irs.gov website changes regularly! This information is valid as of IRS revisions effective March 2014. Always check the website for the most current form.

How to Apply:

Online (recommended method): http://www.irs.gov
Type “Apply for EIN Online” in the search box. Select the “Search” button next to the box.

The top recommendation from the search should be “How to Apply for an EIN.” Select this link. On the resulting page, click the link “Internet EIN” in the paragraph entitled “Apply Online,”

At the bottom of the page that follows, click the link “APPLY ONLINE NOW.” On the resulting page toward the bottom, click on “Begin Application.”

On the first part of the online application, you are asked to identify the type of legal structure applying for the EIN. Choose “View Additional Types” toward the bottom of the page. Select “Continue.”

On the “Additional Types” page, choose “Community or Volunteer Group.” Select “Continue.” On the next page, you will see a description of such a group—and that they generally need a bank account only for banking purposes. Choose “Continue”.

On the next page, you will be asked for your name and Social Security number. As noted on the top of the page, this is for identification purposes only. It is also so that the IRS can make sure that you only make one EIN application per day and that you are authorized to apply for this EIN. It will have no effect otherwise. Often, this page is filled out by lawyers and accountants authorized to apply for EINs on behalf of their clients. Be sure to check the button for “I am a responsible and duly authorized officer or Member of this organization. Choose “Continue.”

Continue through the rest of the application process. During the process, you will be asked “What does your business or organization do?” Select “Other,” then “Continue.” On the resulting page, select “Other—Please specify your primary business activity” and fill in the form with an appropriate description, such as “Networking meetings” or “Breakfast meetings” or similar. Select “Continue.”

You will be prompted to receive your letter online or by mail; make your choice and select “Continue.” Telephone: Call 1-267-941-1099 to apply over the phone between 6:00 am to 11:00 pm EST

The person making the call must be authorized to sign the form or be an authorized designee. We recommend that you download a copy and complete Form SS-4 before the call, as these are the questions the IRS representative will use during the conversation. The IRS representative will also ask you to fax the completed and signed form. Please be advised the IRS representative will only speak with the designee who signed the form. Always check the website for the most current form.

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Form SS-4: Application for Employer Identification Number

Note: Do not use any punctuation or characters other than alphanumeric. You will complete only lines 1, 4a-4b, 8a, 9a, 10 and 18.

Line 1—Name: Enter the Chapter Name
Lines 4a-4b—Mailing Address and County: Enter the address where statements will be mailed Line 8a—Enter “no”
Line 9a—Type of Entity: Check “other” and enter “Breakfast club” (or other as appropriate) Line 10—Reason for applying:

Check “Banking purpose (specify purpose)”

Enter specific purpose: “Aggregate meal and other expenses” Line 18—Prior Application: Check the “No” box

Third Party Designee: Enter the name of the primary signatory on the account and his/her phone number at the bottom. A signature will be needed only if you are faxing or mailing this form in. Remember, if obtaining the EIN by phone, this form will need to be ready for faxing.

Remember, this process does not result in creating a new “entity.” The Chapter itself belongs to either BNI Global LLC or to the BNI Franchisee. All non-BNI®–related activities that are run through the Chapter bank account are voluntary, not required by BNI®, and are solely for the convenience of the Members in paying restaurant, facilities and other incidental expenses for non-BNI®–related activities of the Members of the Chapter.

8.6.2. Open a Non-Interest-Bearing Checking Account

  1. If you choose to open a Chapter checking account, it must be a non-interest-bearing bank account. (Interest bearing accounts would require tax filings by the Chapter.) Banking fees, if applicable, are paid by the Chapter.
  2. The name of your organization is the Chapter name (not Business Network Int’l or BNI); for example, The Emerald Valley Professionals Chapter or The Progressive Connections Chapter. In this case, BNI® should NOT be part of the checking account name. This prevents confusion at the bank in the event that the same bank holds accounts for several different Chapters.
  3. Two signatures to sign checks are strongly recommended, typically the President and Secretary/Treasurer. When the Leadership Team changes the signatures change on the account.
  4. Contact your banker to inquire about the bank’s process of changing signatories.o Theymaysimplyallowtheaccounttobetransferredbetweenpeople,or

    o Theymaypreferthatthecurrentaccountbeclosed,andanewaccountopenedwiththe new signatories.

  5. Some banks also require your Chapter to file for a business license with the State. You can do this online. Any fees are at the Chapter’s expense.
  6. It is recommended that bank statements are reconciled and audited before transferring to a new incoming Secretary/Treasurer. It is recommended that the bank balances be kept at a minimum.
  7. Chapter’s should purchase carbon copy receipt books and provide a receipt for each payment accepted.

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9.0 Visitor Hosts

Visitor Hosts make a positive first impression on the visitors and substitutes of the Chapter by greeting them with a friendly face, introducing them to Members and giving a brief overview of what to expect during the meeting. Provide Visitor Guide and Chapter Visit Feedback Form and conduct an orientation for all visitors at the meeting. Record visitors and substitutes in BNI Connect® and follow up with the visitors after the meeting.

9.1. Blended Learning Plan

  •   Visitor Hosts’ Leadership Team eLearning – before transition
  •   Visitor Host Success ILT (Instructor-Led Training) (Recommended) – before transition
  •   Chapter Mission, Vision & Goals ILT (Recommended) – three months after taking role
  •   BNI Leadership Basics eLearning (Recommended) – five months after taking role

9.2. Visitor Host Team Checklist of Responsibilities

BEFORE the Chapter Meeting each Week—Greeter

  •   Arrive 15 minutes early to the meeting
  •   Put up Chapter signs in lobby/hallway/outside door to create visibility for visitors
  •   Setup up the Welcome Table near entrance to meeting room Visitor Name Badges
     Visitor Sign-In Sheets, in case a visitor doesn’t have a business card  Member Sign-In Sheets
     Pens and markers
     Chapter & BNI Brochures
     Visitor Guides and Chapter Visit Feedback Forms
     BNI Books
  •   Greet visitors as they arrive
  •   Collect two business cards from each visitor
    •   Write who invited them on the back of each card
    •   Give one copy of all business cards to the President before the meeting starts
    •   Explain any special pronunciations or circumstances to the President
    •   Give one set of visitor business cards along with the Visitor Sign-In Sheet to the Visitor Host—Follow-Up Specialist to enter the visitor contacts into BNI Connect® and mail a Thank You Card after the meetingDURING the Chapter Meeting each Week—Open Networker

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 Let them know they will have the opportunity to give a brief introduction of their business during the Visitor portion of the introductions if time allows

 Introduce the visitors to the Members in their Contact Sphere AFTER the Chapter Meeting Each Week—Orientation Facilitator

 Conduct the Visitor Orientation after the meeting

  •   Review Visitor Orientation Sheet with visitors
  •   Review the Chapter Visit Feedback Form, BNI Membership Application and Online Payment Instructions
  •   Walk through the application process
  •   Ensure that the application is signed on the front and completed on both sides
  •   Review the Member Policies Brochure and answer any questions they may have
  •   Collect application and payment, if applicable
  •   Submit completed application, payment and Member Experience Checklist to the Membership Committee Quality Assurance ChairAFTER the Chapter Meeting Each Week—Follow-Up Chair
  •   Enter the visitor contacts into BNI Connect® using one set of business cards from the Welcome Table each week
  •   Mail a Thank You Card to each first-time, qualified visitor
  •   Call each qualified visitor within two business days of the meeting Ask their impressions of the meeting
     Answer questions they may have
     If you think they’d be a good fit, but they are still unsure, invite them back to visit next week

    AS NEEDED

     Coordinate new Members’ participation on the Visitor Host Team as part of the Passport to Success Mentor Program.

    MONTHLY—Visitor Host Coordinator

  •   Attend Monthly Leadership Team Meetings on behalf of the Visitor Host Team
     Report on number of visitors, number of applications, closing ratio and visitor feedback
  •   Order Visitor Host supplies through the Chapter President

9.3. Definitions

Visitor

A visitor is a business professional who would benefit from an increase in referrals and would benefit from belonging to and participating in a BNI Chapter. This person is seeking information about BNI® and your Chapter to make a decision in whether BNI® is a good fit for them and their business. If the fit is right and the person is impressed with and sees value in belonging to your Chapter, they may apply for membership.
***Please enter them as visitors into BNI Connect® to enable the automatic email campaign from BNI Global.

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Guest

A guest is a person visiting the Chapter meeting who is not a viable candidate to become a Member. Examples of guests are:

  • A person who works full-time for a company that does not rely on referrals, sales or commissions for their job
  • A person who is retired and intends to remain retired
  • A person who is not employed and/or does not want to be employed
  • A family member of a BNI Member who is visiting town and has no intentions of becoming aMember
  • A person who lives out of the area and is not moving to the area
  • A person who is already a Member of another BNI® Chapter or a new forming ChapterWhile guests can be a great source of referrals and business to the Members, they will not become Members of your Chapter. They should be warmly welcomed by the Visitor Host Team. All Members should make a point of getting to know all visitors and guests.
    ***Please do not enter these guests into BNI Connect® as visitors.

    Candidate

    Someone who wants to join a BNI® Chapter and is not already involved in a forming Chapter, but their category is filled in the Chapter they are visiting. Please alert your Chapter Director so they can get assistance with their BNI interest.
    *** Please enter them as visitors into BNI Connect® to enable the automatic email campaign from BNI Global.

    Substitute

    A substitute is a person who is attending with the purpose of substituting for a specific BNI® Member. This person could be a visitor or a guest. The goal is to have all substitutes be visitors and not guests. ***If the substitute qualifies as a visitor, please enter them into BNI Connect®.

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9.4. Visitor Sign-In Sheet

Downloadable version available on the BNI University > Content > Leadership Team Resources folder.

Chapter Name: _____________________________________________________________________

Welcome to today’s BNI meeting. In order for us to get to know you better, we ask that you supply the following information. Thank you for your interest in BNI®!

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9.5. Visitor Orientation

The Visitor Orientation process includes recognition of the visitors prior to the end of the meeting and escorting them to another room to formally invite them to submit an application. By formally conducting the Visitor Orientation, Chapters have seen an increase in converting visitors to Members. The visitors now have all their questions answered and they fully know the process of applying for membership. This process is not high pressure, rather an educational tool to get the visitors the information they need to add 45+ people to their referral network!

Tips for a Successful Visitor Orientation

  • During the meeting, the Visitor Host—Orientation Facilitator should identify which visitors should be attending the Orientation PRIOR to excusing the visitors. This includes all first-time, qualified visitors and substitutes who are eligible to apply to your Chapter or visitors whom have visited your Chapter with the intention of applying to or starting a new BNI Chapter.
  • Visitors and Visitor Hosts stand and stay standing. This helps in recognizing the Visitors and Visitor Hosts.
  • Visitor Host—Orientation Facilitators and the Membership Committee—Applications Chair begin walking toward the area where they will be conducting the Visitor Orientation. This will encourage the visitors to follow them to the designated area.
  • If your Director/Director Consultant is visiting, invite them to attend and participate in the Visitor Orientation. This shows structure and support.
  • Reviewing and understanding the Visitor Orientation Outline will go a long way toward converting more visitors to Members. Believe or not, visitors are actually waiting for you to invite them to submit an application! They just need the tools to do so, and they need you to ask them to apply!
  • Make sure that Visitor Hosts always have current supplies on hand: BNI Membership Applications, pens, Online Payment Instructions, BNI Member Policies Brochures, Chapter Visit Feedback Form and the Visitor Orientation Outline to conduct the Visitor Orientation.
  • REMEMBER, the Visitor Orientation is essentially an interview! Interviewing your prospective Members will help you realize who will be the best fit for your Chapter AND ensure that every visitor knows the application process! Share any feedback (positive or negative) with your Membership Committee.
  • If the visitor’s classification overlaps an existing Member, direct them to your Director Consultant.

9.5.1. Visitor Orientation Outline

“Thank you for being here today! Our Visitor Orientation will take just a few minutes, we have some questions for you and I’m sure you have some for us too. First take a look at your Chapter Visit Feedback form if you have not already.

“Please share what you marked as your answer to question #4, What you liked most about the meeting.”

Business Generated Teamwork and Energy Relationships and Trust Structure and Learning

Using their responses, solicit a small discussion on the benefits and move to the Commitments and Application Process when appropriate.

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Membership Benefits

  • Increase exposure
  • Extended sales force
  • Sharpen presentation skills
  • Hone your marketing message
  • Time to work on your business instead ofin your business
  • Increase social capitalMembership Commitment
    1. BNI Weekly Chapter Meetings last for 90 minutes.
    2. Attendance is critical.

• Extensive referral and business development training

• Professional expertise exclusivity
• Up to 52 structured networking meetings

per year
• And much, much more!

  1. Members are allowed three absences within a rolling six-month period.
  2. Substitutes can attend in your place up to three times in a six-month period.
  3. BNI Code of Ethics is our values system.
  4. All participants must represent their primary occupation, not a part-time business.
  5. Participants are required to bring bona-fide referrals and/or visitors.
  6. Attend the Member Success Program within 60 days to help you hone your networking and referral marketing skills.

Review BNI Membership Application and Investment

  1. Chapter name
  2. All sections must be completed
  3. Use the Professional Classification List to assist visitors with finding their professional expertise. If there are questions, the Membership Committee can assist with that discussion during the interview.
  4. Sponsor
  5. Signature at the bottom
  6. Request two business references (on the back)
  7. Investment
    1. Full Application Fees and Participation Fees must be made before the Membership Committee will begin the review process.
    2. Payments made by check are made payable to BNI Global, LLC
    3. Payments made by echeck and credit card may be made online at your regional website on the How to Apply & Pay Online tab.
    4. In addition, this Chapter has weekly/quarterly/monthly fees of $______ to cover the venue/meal etc.

Application Review Process

1. Membership Committee will begin the review process after receiving the BNI Membership Application and payment.

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  1. Visitors can only attend two meetings even if a BNI Membership Application has been submitted.
  2. An interview, One-to-One, business reference checks and research will be conducted.
  3. Applicants will be notified of the status of their BNI Membership Application prior to the next BNI Chapter Meeting.
  4. Answer any questions they may have.

9.5.2. Chapter Visit Feedback Form – Excerpt

Downloadable version available on the BNI University > Content > Leadership Team Resources folder

9.6. Visitor Host—Follow-Up Specialist

After each meeting, the Visitor Host—Follow-Up Specialist follows up with each Visitor. This needs to be within 1-2 business days of your meeting to have an impact.

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Contact the Visitor Host—Orientation Facilitator, if possible, to get feedback regarding the respective behavioral style of each first-time, qualified visitor or substitute: Fast Decision Maker or Reserved Decision Maker.

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first-time, qualified visitors and substitutes, thanking them for attending the meeting. Or, consider using your Chapter’s Send Out Cards representative to accomplish this important business building communication.

  1. Immediately after the meeting, the Visitor Host—Follow-Up Specialist uses the second set of business cards to enter the Visitor contact information into BNI Connect® (Operations > Chapter > Manage Visitors > Add Visitor). Immediately upon entering a visitor’s contact information, an automatic email is sent to the first-time, qualified visitor or substitute thanking them for attending your meeting that day.
  2. Enter the contact information for all first-time, qualified visitors, candidates and substitutes who qualify as visitors.

o DoNOTenterMembersofotherBNIChapters.

o Do NOT enter second-time visitors, guests or substitutes who are not also visitors.

o DoNOTenterguestswhoarenoteligibleformembershipinyourChapter(i.e.guestswho are unemployed, visiting relatives, or guests who live out-of-state).

5. The Visitor Host—Follow-Up Specialist then personally calls all qualified Visitors no later than two business days after their visit to thank them for coming (and invite them back if they didn’t apply for membership). During the follow-up phone call, consider scheduling a One-to-One with each visitor; this is a great way to make a personal connection with the visitor and provides excellent business exposure for the Visitor Host—Follow-Up Specialist!

o Duringthisfollow-upphonecall,ask:

o Whatwereyourimpressionsofourmeetingthisweek?

o Doyoubelieveitwillbeaproductiveuseofyourmarketingtime?

o DidyougetachancetofilloutaMembershipApplication,ordowouldyoulikemetoemail you a fillable pdf version?

o Remindthemthatwemeetatthesametimeandplaceandyoulookforwardtoseeingthem next week.

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9.7. Converting a Visitor to Member Touchpoints

The Member Experience Checklist is initiated by the Visitor Host—Orientation Facilitator for each visitor. Once the visitor applies, this checklist is passed to the Membership Committee—Applications Chair for Membership Application processing. If the visitor becomes a Member, this checklist is maintained by the Mentor Coordinator throughout the first year of BNI membership.

Name: ________________________________ Business: ________________________________ Start Date: ____________________________ Classification: _____________________________

Position

Initials & Date

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Task

1st Visit / Conduct Visitor Orientation
Follow-Up Call & Thank You Card
Enter Visitor contact information in BNI Connect®
2nd Visit
Application received, reviewed and tasks assigned Payment given to Secretary/Treasurer (if paid by check) Internet Search
Application Reviewed
References Checked
Interview Completed
Accepted/Denied (Reason: ____________)
Applicant Called: Phone #____________
Welcome Call to New Member
Non-Acceptance Control Letter sent (if applicable) Mentor Coordinator notified
Member inducted with Member Success Kit
New Member Orientation conducted
Passport to Success Mentors Assigned
Application & payment submitted to your regional website Member Success Program scheduled (30-60 days) Member Success Program attended
Passport to Success Mentor Program completed Ambassador One-to-One: 6-month review
Ambassador One-to-One: 9-month review
Attend Member Success Program prior to renewal

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10.0 Education Coordinator

The Education Coordinator prepares a two to three-minute Networking Education Moment dedicated to reminding Members about BNI® Policies, goals, successes, etc.; and works closely with the President and other leaders to address in a timely fashion issues specific to the Chapter (i.e. inviting more visitors or the attendance policy).

10.1. Blended Learning Plan

 Education Coordinator’s Leadership Team eLearning – before transition
 Creating Education Moments ILT (Instructor-Led Training) (Recommended) – before transition  Chapter Mission, Vision & Goals ILT (Recommended) – three months after taking role
 BNI Leadership Basics eLearning (Recommended) – five months after taking role

10.2. Education Coordinator Checklist of Responsibilities

BEFORE the Chapter Meeting each Week

  •   Arrive 15 minutes early to the meeting
  •   Bring complete Chapter Library and check-out system to each meeting (if applicable)
  •   Prepare a 3- to 5-minute Networking Education Moment from BNI material May assign Members to provide the Networking Education Moment each week DURING the Chapter Meeting each Week

     Provide the 3- to 5-minute Networking Education Moment
     Caution: Although handouts are good, they often take up too much time if the exercise

    requires a response from each Member during the meeting

    AFTER the Chapter Meeting each Week

    •   Schedule upcoming Networking Education speakers, if applicable
    •   Communicate with Chapter President weekly to ensure the upcoming Networking EducationMoments are in line with Chapter goals

      AS NEEDED

       Conduct One-to-Ones with new Members as part of the Passport to Success Program MONTHLY

  •   Attend Monthly Chapter Success Meetings
  •   Plan topics for the next month’s Networking Education Moments that can assist the Chapter toreach any short- or long-term goals and objectives
  •   Maintain a Chapter Library Display Chapter Library at meetings
     Create a checkout system for Members to borrow items

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 Suggestion: It is strongly recommended that you require a cash or check deposit on books or audio borrowed from the Chapter Library. This will enable you to replace unreturned items.

  •   Coordinate with Leadership Teams and/or Membership Committee on Chapter goals and education necessary for Chapter growth and development
  •   Keep and update the Networking Education Tracking Sheet found on the University on completed and upcoming topicsOTHER

     Hand out the Rate Your Chapter survey semi-annually to identify areas of growth 10.3. The Process

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Identify the Topic

  • From the Chapter Success Meeting
  • Rate Your Chapter Survey
  • Reviewing the the Power of One Report
  • Reviewing the Chapter Traffic Lights Report

Research

• Delegate the presentation to someone with a proven track record of results

• Search BNI University for resources

• Search BNI University for ready made Education Moments

Create Your Education Moment

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10.4. How to Create a Great Networking Education Moment

Step 1: Pick your topic. What is the one thing you want Members to get out of this Networking Education Moment?

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Step 2: Answer the following questions so that you have the information you need to create your presentation:

How does this topic relate to business in general? __________________________________________________________________________________ Why is this topic important for Members to know and implement? __________________________________________________________________________________ What might Members need to know in order to implement this idea effectively?

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Where might Members find additional resources? __________________________________________________________________________________

Step 3: Write out your 3- to 5-minute Networking Education Moment. Following is a sample outline you can use to help you.

Step 4: Practice your presentation a couple of times throughout the week so that you can give it without reading it. Use visual examples you can hold up for the group to see, if possible (try to avoid handouts, however).

Step 5: Present your presentation to the Chapter! And know that your role is extremely appreciated in helping support your Chapter toward its goals.

Education Moment Sample Outline

I. Relate it to business first

Provide an example or a story to help illustrate what you’re talking about. Example: “As business professionals we often set appointments. But what happens if you don’t show up, are late or have to leave early? Does it make a difference to the client? Of course, we all know life happens, so we’ll often forgive someone. But what if it became a habit? What if you had a business professional you were trying to meet with who consistently arrived late without calling or simply didn’t show up? Would it impact your relationship with that person?”

II. Let the audience know WHY this topic is important

Example: “In a way, it’s a promise we make to another person to be somewhere on a particular day at a particular time, right? That other person has set aside the time to meet with us and is probably looking forward to learning more about you. When you arrive when you said you would, what are you building? Trust. What does trust build? The relationship. What does a professional relationship build? Business.”

III. Relate the topic to BNI®

Example: “In BNI®, our goal is to build quality professional relationships that make it easy to pass referrals. Open Networking is a great time to get a question answered, set up a One-to-One, or find out one more thing that you can do to help generate a referral to someone. During the meeting, we get the opportunity to train one another about our businesses through the Weekly Presentations as well as the Feature Presentations. If we’re not here for these important pieces, it becomes more difficult to build the trust we need that leads to business.”

IV. Provide additional resources (if applicable) / Wrap Up

“If you have questions about BNI’s attendance policy, or need help finding a substitute, please contact someone on the Membership Committee (list Membership Committee Members’ names, including the Vice President). They’ll be happy to support you in any way they can. Thank you.”

Additionally, you can contact your BNI Regional Team for Networking Education Moment ideas.

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10.5. Rate Your Chapter

This exercise is designed to help you determine if your Chapter is doing everything it can to ensure its success. Please truthfully rate the frequency of each statement using the point system below to find out how your Chapter rates.

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1. The Chapter Leadership Team arrives at least 15 minutes early to set up and/or plan that day’s meeting.

2. The Visitor Hosts arrive at least 15 minutes early to greet visitors and introduce them to Members.

3. The Member Resource Table is set up with networking material and Members’ literature for Members and visitors to use.

4. All Members wear their name badges.

5. All Members arrive on time or prior to Open Networking.

6. All Members stand and network during Open Networking (first 15 minutes of the meeting).

7. The formal part of the meeting starts punctually.

8. The business card binder is available each week and Members’ pages are regularly filled.

9. The President personally introduces and welcomes new Members with a Member Success Kit.

10. During the Weekly Presentations, all Members give a new bit of information each week about their business or product, case studies, specials or specific examples of referral requests.

11. Visitors are welcomed and introduced properly during the meeting, so they feel comfortable and are asked to take part in the Visitor Orientation.

12. The President discusses Chapter goals and new ideas for building and strengthening the Chapter.

13. The Vice President reviews the monthly Chapter statistics using the Chapter Goal Board.

14. Each week, the Secretary/Treasurer reviews the speaker rotation for the next 4 to 6 weeks.

15. The Secretary/Treasurer’s introduction of the speaker is thorough, positive, informative and engaging.

16. The Featured Speakers are prepared for their presentation including a thoughtful door prize.

17. During the Referral and Testimonial portion of the meeting, Members give a referral and/or a testimonial.

18. Chapter Members give valid qualified referrals.

19. The Secretary/Treasurer announces Members up for renewal and lets visitors know how to apply.

20. The Membership Committee periodically gives a report on what they are doing to strengthen the Chapter.

21. The Chapter meeting ends on time.
22. New Member Orientations and Visitor Orientations are conducted.

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23. SuccessNet articles, BNI® books and podcasts are discussed during the Networking Education Moment.

24. Your Chapter uses Meeting Stimulants, worksheets or exercises available to them. 25. Your Chapter is a positive, supportive, and professional place to be.

26. The location and atmosphere of your Chapter meeting is conducive to a professional business meeting where you would feel proud to bring your best client.

27. You feel so comfortable with the performance of your Chapter that you have no problem inviting people to see what your BNI Chapter is all about.

TOTAL POINTS

Members: Add your points to find your perspective on your Chapter. Presidents: Add all Members’ totals and divide by the number of surveys completed to find the Chapter average, and then use the key below to find your Chapter’s rating.

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102-108 Points 90-102 Points 80-89 Points

70-79 Points 0-69 Points

Your Chapter deserves a standing ovation for being in the elite top 5% of all the Chapters in BNI®.

Everyone in your Chapter should be proud. Examine the answers and find where you can improve by even just half a point to get to the top 5%!

Members and Leadership Team Members can be pleased, your Chapter understands and uses “The Basics” of networking in this organization. Want more out of BNI®? Ask you Director for Advanced Education Series on One-to- Ones or Power Teams to improve Chapter relationships and get a better overall Return on your Investment!

Your Chapter needs improvement. Act quickly; consider implementing the Diamond Growth Program. See your Director/Director Consultant for ideas.

Probably feels like you can’t get traction. Your Chapter may be in serious decline unless you seek help immediately from your Director/Director Consultant.

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11.0 Mentor Coordinator

The Mentor Coordinator makes sure each new Chapter Member completes the Passport to Success Program by helping the new Member set up One-to-Ones with specific Members who can help them with specific mentoring topics; ensures each mentor has the one page guide to the mentoring topic they are to cover with the new Member; follows up with the new Member weekly to ensure progress is being made.

11.1. Blended Learning Plan

 Mentor Coordinator eLearning – before transition
 Chapter Success Meeting Instructor Led Training (ILT) – before transition
 Mentor Success ILT (Recommended) – before transition
 Chapter Mission, Vision & Goals ILT (Recommended) – three months after taking role  BNI Leadership Basics eLearning (Recommended) – five months after taking role

11.2. Mentor Coordinator Checklist of Responsibilities

BEFORE the Chapter Meeting each Week

  •   Arrive 15 minutes early to the meeting
  •   Greet and network with new Members and Mentors as they arrive
  •   Introduce yourself to new Members; Ask them to stay after the meeting for a short New Member Orientation (Passport to Success meeting)
  •   Ask the Vice President for a 30-second announcement during the Membership Committee Report to recognize Members who have completed the Passport to Success Program, as neededDURING the Chapter Meeting each Week

     Award Notable Networker Certificates to Passport to Success Program Graduates, when applicable

    AFTER the Chapter Meeting each Week

  •   Conduct the New Member Orientation (Passport to Success meeting) on weeks when a new Member is inducted
  •   Answer any questions WEEKLY Follow up with new Members weekly to see if they need assistance in progressing through the program

    MONTHLY

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Attend monthly Chapter Success Meetings

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 Coordinate with the Leadership Team and Education Coordinator on Chapter goals and education that can be addressed during the mentoring process

 Order Passports through the Chapter President, as needed ONGOING

 Ensure there are adequate Members in good standing to fill all Mentor positions in the Passport to Success Program using the Member Mentor Worksheet

11.3. Building the Mentoring Team

11.3.1. Attributes of Good Member Mentors

Use the following criteria as a guideline for selection:

  • Positive attitude
  • Rank high in the Power of One Report
  • Value building relationships through One-to-Ones
  • Take the responsibility seriously
  • Willing to be a Member Mentor for an extended period of time
  • Good BNI attendance

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