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Dear Members,

The Spring is here, and flowers as well as businesses are opening up. Networking is the biggest need of business nowadays, but each and every one of you has the advantage of being part of a Team that has been supporting you throughout this year. As you will see in this newsletter, BNI is initiating many opportunities for us to grow and support our chapters. But first, we would like to recognize the biggest Thank You for Closed Business Givers in our region. 
Kudos for creating $1,151,818 in Thank You for Closed Business.  A special thank you to the biggest givers in the region:
BNI Breakfast of Business Champions Blair Brylawski  $ 167,360.00
BNI High Energy Lunch Bunch Dan Helhowski  $   93,403.00
BNI High Energy Lunch Bunch Beth Kittrell  $   87,673.00
BNI High Energy Lunch Bunch Brendan McKay  $   61,200.00
BNI Capital Business Alliance Ryan Malet  $   31,265.00
BNI Capital Business Alliance Matt O'Connor  $   25,881.00
BNI Bethesda Business Greg Ford  $   19,080.00
BNI Millionaire Makers Jason Topper  $   18,525.00
BNI Networking Partners Bill Rozek  $   18,100.00
BNI Midcounty Connectors Carol Gowling  $   17,997.00
BNI Alliance Alex Heitkemper  $   16,322.00
BNI Wealth Builders Chrissy Mayhew  $   16,000.00
BNI Breakfast of Business Champions Gail Kahan  $   14,482.00
BNI Alliance Brian Harvey  $   14,000.00
BNI High Energy Lunch Bunch Heather Sunderman  $   13,000.00
BNI High Energy Lunch Bunch Suki Dorfman  $   12,813.00
BNI High Energy Lunch Bunch Katrina Schlothauer  $   12,633.00
BNI High Energy Lunch Bunch Alejandra Zelaya  $   12,590.00
BNI Bethesda Business Kenny Morales  $   11,650.00
BNI Bethesda Business Dan Diggs  $   11,459.00
BNI Wealth Builders Audrey Bullock  $   11,200.00
BNI Capital Business Alliance Kathleen Martin  $   10,090.00


Congratulations to the people who scored 100% in the
Power of One Report

Stephen Kasasa BNI Capital Business Alliance
Pamela Vines BNI Alliance
Meghan Johnson BNI Networking Partners
Mary Ann Aellen BNI Wealth Builders
Jordan Schneider BNI Networking Partners
James Bonato BNI Capital Business Alliance
Ingrid Mejia BNI Networking Partners
Dan Helhowski BNI High Energy Lunch Bunch
Carol Reed BNI Alliance
Carol Gowling BNI Midcounty Connectors
Brian Loebig BNI Capital Business Alliance
Ann Brennan BNI Capital Business Alliance

For the complete report, please click here

The Power of One is our method to keep accountability. In the month of December the majority of our region has been in the Green/Yellow! That's a great achievement. Way to go! Some members have excelled in their activity and scored 100 in The Power of One:

Member in Focus

Stephanie Lewis

Stephanie Lewis of DreamRealizer LLC is a member of BNI Bethesda Business and an Ambassador for our region.  She has been a member of BNI since 2014 and has served in many positions in her chapter including her most recent role as Visitor Host.  

Stephanie and her husband are long-time residents of Potomac, MD and have 2 sons.  They have 2 dogs, Snoopy and Jenni,who she lovingly refers to as "foster fails". Her passions include Animal Rescue and tennis.  

U.S. National Conference 2021 has been created with your success in mind. During these value-packed two days, you’ll learn from and connect with industry leaders and walk away with invaluable tools to make your business unstoppable. You'll enjoy an environment designed to help you connect with others to share knowledge and receive answers that will help you meet your business goals in 2021 and beyond!  Please click the image above to visit the event page and register, Early Bird registration is open now thru April 30th. 

By now, you have learned of Activate and your chapter has decided how you will participate in this event.  If you haven't already, please let us know who your chapter Champions are.  Givers Gain is the philosophy of BNI.  It may be the reason some of you joined and others will renew.  Right now is a time to see what we can give to others.  

The Activate initiative is a way we can offer a helping hand to local businesses that may be struggling right now.  It is a way we can have a positive impact in our own backyard.  We have an opportunity to share the strengths we have and invite others to join us!

In the months of April and May 2021 - every member that sponsors a new member will get one month free membership. You can sponsor as many members as you want (within our region) and you will get as many free months. Members who sponsor 2 or more new members will be interviewed on the "Choose to Lead" Podcast which is published on every social media possible. 

Chapters that add 6+ members in the months of April and May (yes, it's been done before) will get into a drawing of 2 tickets to the BNI International Convention in Miami in November 2021 and will get 3 nights at the hotel paid by us. It is an equivalent of a $1,000 prize. **The new members have to apply and be accepted during these months.

But wait...there's more!!!
Starting this month every chapter can have 1 Nonprofit member who will be invited to the chapter for free for the first year. You may recall that BNI had this promotion at the end of 2020, but because of the positive feedback, they have decided to expand this invitation to every chapter in the country!

If your chapter does not currently have a nonprofit member, please invite nonprofit representatives to visit your chapter. Just think of the impact that this opportunity can create in our community!

Please consider inviting Chamber of Commerce representatives as a nonprofit member.... that could be a win-win as well. 

Upcoming Events

April 8th - 3:00 pm - Activate Champions Meeting - registration link
April 8th -  4:00 pm - How to Invite Visitors - register here
April 12th - 9:00 am - New Member Orientation - registration
April 13th - 2:00 pm - Monthly Leadership Meeting
April 15th - 5:00 pm - Connect MoCo - register here
April 29th - 3:00 pm - Speed Networking & Education Event - registration link
April 30th - 3:00 pm - Directors Meeting

For national events please check our calendar here.

Keep up the great work. This coming weeks are going to impact our success this year. Let’s make it big 

Happy Connecting! 
Sarit Arbell

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