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2010 NCPA Foundation National Preceptor of the Year Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2010 NCPA Foundation National Preceptor of the Year Award which recognizes a pharmacist who has made a significant contribution to the education of pharmacy students as a preceptor in a community practice setting. The recipient of the award will receive an engraved commemorative plaque, up to three nights' accommodation at the NCPA Annual Convention, complimentary registration to the NCPA Annual Convention, and a $1,000 contribution to the NCPA Foundation in the award recipient's name. Click here to download the Preceptor of the Year nomination form. Nomination forms are due on July 26, 2010.

Advocate for More PBM Regulation and Protect Diabetic Patients!

NCPA Student Members, we need your help to ask Congress to support our 2010 legislative agenda:
  • Additional federal PBM reforms to preserve patient choice of pharmacy and reduce abusive PBM pharmacy auditing practices—Support H.R. 5234

  • Allow Medicare beneficiaries to continue obtaining diabetes testing supplies at community pharmacies—Support H.R. 5235

  • Stop the seeming misuse of patient health information to restrict choice and boost the profits of CVS Caremark and other PBMs—Write the Federal Trade Commission and ask them to move the investigation along.
It is easy, click here to a write letter to your member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

NCPA 112th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition

Get Ready to Meet. Learn. Succeed.
Meet friends, learning from experts, and succeeding back home with new ideas and knowledge. These are the top reasons pharmacists tell us why they attend NCPA's Annual Convention and Trade Exposition. Join us October 23-27 this year in Philly and we're sure you'll agree.

Philadelphia—The City of Brotherly Love
Famous for cheese steaks, lawyers and liberty, America's original capital is rich with revolutionary history, culture and symbolism. Home to the Liberty Bell and the Declaration of Independence, today's Philadelphia is far from a historical relic. Urban and urbane, Philadelphia is a rich mix of traditions, races and immigrant cultures, as well as home to an exciting collection of cultural, culinary and recreational amenities that only a city of Philadelphia's heritage can provide.

Opening General Session
Sunday, October 24
Keynote Speaker—Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner is arguably the greatest athlete in the world. He captivated audiences when he broke the world record by scoring 8,634 points in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, earning him a Gold medal and the title of "World's Greatest Athlete." Jenner was the 1976 recipient of the James E. Sullivan award as the top amateur athlete in the United States. The Associate Press also named him "Male Athlete of the Year" later that same year. Bruce was also inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame in 1986, the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, the Connecticut Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and the United States National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1980.

Bruce is also a highly respected and much sought-after motivational speaker, especially within the corporate sector. In his life, Bruce chooses to find his inner champion, and wrote a book "Finding the Champion Within" to reflect his ventures.

Currently, Bruce is an ambassador for Boehringer Ingelheim's "DRIVE4COPD" campaign. Bruce works to raise awareness for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, which is a serious lung disease. As part of the event, Bruce drove across the country to screen people to see if they are at risk, and educate audiences about the disease.

As an entrepreneur, actor, author, spokesperson and television personality, Bruce remains enthusiastic in all of his endeavors. A man of all trades, Bruce's efforts have made him an inspiration to audiences around the world. He maintains his hero and role model status to this day.

Second General Session and Government Affairs Forum
Monday, October 25

Former Secretaries of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala and Michael Leavitt will discuss health care reform implementation, strategies for pharmacies to influence the process most effectively and the medical system of the future and how pharmacies fit into that system.

Closing Night Party
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Jim Belushi and the Sacred Heart Band

Jim Belushi is well-known to audiences worldwide as a talented film actor but he also flourishes as a musical performer. Three years ago he and the Sacred Heart Band from the House of Blues joined forces and have performed all over the country. With a heavy blues bent and a whole lot of soul, the former member of Saturday Night Live gets the whole crowd dancing and having a great time.

Sneak Peek at Student Programming
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We have lots of exciting activities planned for this year's convention including:
  • NCPA 7th Annual Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition
  • Future Pharmacist Educational Programming
  • Future Pharmacist Bonanza
  • NCPA Foundation Awards Ceremony, and much more!!!
Register online today for a discounted student rate of $150 and join your fellow NCPA members in Philadelphia!

Chapter Member Recruitment Ideas for Fall 2010

Looking for new recruitment ideas to grow your chapter’s membership base in the upcoming fall semester? Check out the following chapter recruitment ideas to retain and increase participation from your active members and stimulate the admission of new members! Look for more ideas in next month's newsletter!
  1. Develop a point reward system for members that participate in recruiting events. Different events will have different point gains. Members who accumulate X number of points (e.g. 1000) will receive a prize, certificate or assistance for travel to meetings. This point system can be expanded to other areas of the chapter as members see fit. To supplement the point system, let your members know that recruiting is a top priority for the group. Remind them about the NCPA Chapter of the Year award and the specifics. Chapters can add other incentives to the point system such as an NCPA pin, University mug or pen to members who recruit at least two new members.

  2. Promote a door prize for a free membership or small prize to a student who joins NCPA during your recruiting drive. Optimal times for promotion would be during class meetings and at special events. To increase the number of prizes, chapters can ask for donations to support the drawing with items such as notebooks, mugs, or gift certificates from the campus bookstore and other local businesses. Offer these as incentives to new members who join during your membership drive.

  3. Host a "bring a friend" meeting featuring an ice-breaker exercise where a current member introduces their guest to the attendants. Chapters could prepare a ten-minute power point talk on the value of joining NCPA. NCPA can provide you with examples slides to use. Make the event points based; members will be awarded points for each guest they bring who ultimately joins NCPA. Provide students who attend your function with a take home information packet about the chapter and NCPA. Include a calendar of events, a list of chapter officers, and an enrollment form to join.

  4. Spice up your chapter meetings with outside speakers! Invite an NCPA Ambassador (local community pharmacy owner), NCPA representative, or chapter alumni to speak to your chapter about the value of community pharmacy and joining professional associations. Integrate a video, if possible, of students attending a past NCPA meeting or pharmacy night out to show what NCPA life is like. Refreshments could also be provided to attract meeting attendees (Pizza/ Chinese food usually draws people in and is inexpensive!).

  5. Create a membership committee to brainstorm new ways to attract members. The committee could be responsible for the creation, data compilation and analysis of surveys. Survey areas of interest should include interviews of current members to determine what benefits are most valuable to them and what improvements can be made. Emphasize these benefits when creating fliers or speaking to potential new members. Also, create a survey to see how many students actually know about NCPA or would like more information. Monitor the activities of other chapters and give comparison updates, review NCPA rosters and remind expiring members to renew their memberships. This gives the chapter tangible data on how much interest there is and how the chapter ranks to others. With this added data the chapter can tailor its efforts accordingly. The data will serve as a reservoir of information to facilitate growth. Display copies of your chapter newsletter at every meeting along with survey results and the names of new chapter members to recognize them. This demonstrates that your chapter is strong and growing.


June 30, 2010

Dates & Deadlines

July 26, 2010
NCPA Foundation National Preceptor of the Year Award Nomination Deadline

October 23-27, 2010
NCPA 112th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition, Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA

NCPA Student Dues Increase
Please note that NCPA national dues for student members will increase to $35 beginning July 1, 2010.

Need a Speaker for a Meeting at Your School?
Contact Afton Yurkon, Associate Director of Student Affairs, at (703) 838-2696 to schedule a time that works for you.

NCPA would love to visit your School!

Has Your Chapter Completed a Successful Chapter Project?
Share a brief description of your successful chapter project and the results of your efforts in your school and/or community! We want to recognize NCPA student chapters for their outstanding efforts and share your ideas and success stories with other NCPA student chapters! Contact Afton Yurkon at to share your story to be included in the next Student e-newsletter!

Are You a New NCPA Chapter Officer for the 2010-2011 Academic Year?
Congratulations on your new position! NCPA student chapters who have elected new chapter officers for the 2010-2011 academic year should fill out the NCPA Incoming Student Officers Report Form to update contact information for the NCPA Student Affairs office. NCPA Student Affairs looks forward to working with new chapter officers and NCPA student chapter in the 2010-2011academic year!

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