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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!
  • Chapters may opt to waive or reduce chapter dues for new members or P4 students who join NCPA. Don't forget to promote the great student benefits that NCPA members receive such as scholarships and discounted meeting registration fees! This increases the value of the membership and is always good to highlight at any gathering. (Find out more about NCPA membership and benefits at

  • Distribute a flier that highlights your chapter and its website (if applicable). Make sure to obtain permission from your School or College first! Target groups such as P1 students, transfer students, or pre-pharmacy students.

  • Organize a behind-the-scenes tour of a nearby independent community pharmacy. If you need help in locating a pharmacy, contact NCPA student affairs. Require students to become members of NCPA in order to attend. Write an article about your pharmacy tour for your campus paper or America's Pharmacist. This is great publicity for both parties and an opportunity to publish your writing!

  • Partner with other campus organizations to co-sponsor a highly visible event on campus, such as health fair, seminar, or barbeque to raise awareness of your chapter and its activities. Additionally, you could hold an inter-professional meeting or event with another professional organization. Distribute information on both organizations to attendees.

  • Make each prospective member feel special by making an effort to remember names and to smile and greet people by name when they are spotted around campus. Use name tags at your first few meetings of the semester! Remember to always speak with excitement and pride when describing your chapter.

NCPA 112th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition

Get Ready to Meet. Learn. Succeed.
It's that time again to meet new friends, learn from experts, and succeed in your profession! Join us October 23-27 this year in Philadelphia, PA for NCPA's 112th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition.

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
  • Community Pharmacy Residency Showcase
  • 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!

NCPA Announces the 2010 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition Finalists

The 2010 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition drew entries from 35 schools and colleges of pharmacy—a record number of submissions in the competition's seven years of existence. The first national competition of its kind in the pharmacy profession, the contest is named to honor two great champions of independent community pharmacy, the late Neil Pruitt Sr. and the late H. Joseph Schutte. The goal of the competition is to motivate pharmacy students to create a business model for buying an existing independent community pharmacy or developing a new pharmacy. Through this competition, NCPA is better able to prepare tomorrow's pharmacy entrepreneurs for a successful future. The competition is supported by Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Pharmacists Mutual Companies, and the NCPA Foundation.

Finalists for the 2010 Business Plan Competition are (in alphabetical order):

Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy
Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Washington State University College of Pharmacy

The remaining seven teams placing in the top ten are (in alphabetical order):

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy
University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy
University of Colorado School of Pharmacy
University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy
University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy
University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy
University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy

Congratulations to all of this year's participants who put tremendous effort into developing their business plans! The top three finalists will present their business plans before a live audience on Saturday, October 23rd at the NCPA 112th Annual Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and we encourage all students to attend and witness this exciting event!

Congratulations to the 2010 NCPA Foundation Presidential Scholarship Winners!

The NCPA Foundation awarded its 2010 Presidential Scholarships to 14 outstanding pharmacy students. The scholarship winners are selected on the basis of academic achievement, leadership qualities, interest in independent community pharmacy, and extracurricular accomplishments. The Presidential Scholarship program is made possible through corporate supporters. The 2010 sponsors are AstraZeneca, Covidien/Mallinckrodt, Forest Pharmaceuticals, Lilly, Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA), Pharmacists Mutual Companies, Pharmacy First, Procter & Gamble, PRS Pharmacy Services, and TEVA Pharmaceuticals.

The 2010 NCPA Foundation Presidential Scholarship recipients are:

Lea Acuff—University of Kansas—Lawrence
Lauren Anderson—Ohio Northern University
Erin Brown—Purdue University
Yaser Gadit—University of Texas—Austin
Rachel Gaesser—Purdue University
Audrey Gould—University of Rhode Island
Anilkumar Harkhani—University of Southern Nevada—South Jordan
Andrew Heinz—University of Washington
Andrew Helm—Washington State University
Julie Keeton—University of Kansas—Lawrence
Linda Lei—University of Washington
Davena Norris—University of New Mexico
Nazeli Paronian—University of Southern California
Patrick Tabon—Washington State University


July 27, 2010

Dates & Deadlines

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 increased to $35 July 1, 2010. If needed, please contact Afton Yurkon to receive a new, updated membership form. If your chapter creates its own registration form, please make sure to update!

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 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!

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