Pilot fish is membership coordinator for a large fraternal organization with thousands of members in hundreds of chapters spread across the state. Each year at its annual convention, the organization hands out awards for the chapters that met their membership goals, the chapter that reached its goal first and the chapter with the most new members.

There’s a membership database that’s used for figuring all of that out, but the membership report for the annual convention is done by hand — which is not only laborious, but also not always accurate, and that can cause bad feelings if a chapter gets snubbed because someone didn’t add things up correctly.

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