Until 1957, the Philadelphia Chapter was the only local chapter of what is now the Institute of Management Accountants. On July 8, 1957 Charles Zinger chaired an organizational meeting to establish new chapters. One of these new chapters was named North Penn, after the North Pennsylvania Railroad Company (founded 1852) which linked Philadelphia and Bethlehem. North Penn began operations on November 1, 1957 with 145 charter members. The chapter grew steadily, attracting 418 members by 1969. During 1969, North Penn started the Valley Forge Chapter. Following the Valley Forge spin-off, North Penn continued to prosper and now boasts approximately 250 members.
During its 57 years of existence, North Penn has been a full service chapter, meeting the needs of both its members and the accounting profession through education, research, publications, and fellowship. Some of the chapter’s accomplishments include:
· Sponsor a Student Chapter at Gwynedd Mercy University
· The North Penn IMA Chapter Scholarship is offered annually.
· Co-sponsorship of the CMA Learning System with Villanova and Relevante.. www.continuingstudies.villanova.edu
· Updated monthly newsletter once called the North Penn Express and now named The Journal.
· Networking opportunities including joint meetings and business card exchange.
· Community service such as the annual holiday food drive.
· CPE credits on current business topics.
North Penn has earned seven banners in the national competition: 10th place in 1978 under the leadership of Douglas A. Volk; 3rd in 1980 under the administration of William W. Murphy; 8th place in 1995 under the direction of Frank J. Gallo; 18th place in 1997 under the leadership of Lisa J. Cruikshank; 24th place in 1998 under the direction of Rosemarie Hardy; and 10th place banner in 2001 under the leadership of Maxine Romano and most recently in 2006 under the direction of Scotti Sawyer-Kershner the chapter earned 20th place. The Chapter has gained recognition in other areas.
North Penn was instrumental in the founding of the Mid-Atlantic Council in 1975. MAC celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. See more news at www.midatlantic.imanet.org
The chapter is proud to have had three of its members serve as National Chair.
1996-1997 Clair M. Raubenstine
2006-2007 William L. Brower, Jr.
2008-2009 Frederick E. Schea
North Penn members continue to furnish leadership to both the national organization and to the Mid-Atlantic Council.