The Native Plant Society concluded a three-month Chapter Membership Contest on April 1 and results were announced at the State Board Meeting in McKinney on Saturday.
South Plains Chapter in Lubbock won first place for largest percentage increase in membership over the three month period. South Plains raised their membership from 17 to 22 for an increase of 29.4%.
Honorable Mention certificates were awarded to Guadalupe Chapter which had an increase of 23% and Trinity Forks Chapter which had an increase of 17%. A Special Award was given to Austin Chapter for the largest numerical increase. Austin Chapter added 19 members.
State-wide the number of memberships increased 3.5% during the course of the contest. Bill Hopkins, who chaired the committee which planned the contest, said that membership was at something of a high point for the last several years. However Society membership fluctuates considerably from month to month so it remains to be seen whether this represents a trend or is an outlying number. Typically the number of members tends to increase in the spring and fall months and to remain even or decline in the summer or winter.
Several present at the meeting said that they hoped that the winning chapters would share the secrets of their success.