The Strauss Blog

Virtual Meetings for your Association Board

With many people currently working from home, the need for association staff and volunteer leaders to work online is necessary in today’s environment. Association meetings, whether they are board or committee meetings, and the need to hold in-person meetings weekly, monthly, or quarterly has not changed; the way in which we hold these meetings has. […]

The Association Board Binder

For all associations that our company manages, a board binder is created. The board binder stores several important documents and information regarding that association and is an important resource for all board members and association staff. Why have a board binder? The board binder serves a number of purposes: New board member orientation resource – […]

Association Meeting Minutes: What You Need to Know

Whether you are attending an association Board or committee meeting in person, by conference call or videoconference, meeting minutes need to be taken. The meeting minutes are usually taken by an administrative staff member, the Board secretary or the committee chair. Meeting minutes serve as an official record of meetings of the Board or committees. […]

Association Membership Management Systems: Is it Time for a Change?

Thinking of switching membership management systems for your association? Here are a few things to consider before making the change. There are a variety of Association Management Systems (AMS) available. These systems are used for many association services, including membership signup, membership renewal, event registration, sales, and marketing. They range from being able to manage […]

How Does Your Professional Association Recruit Members?

Every association has their own method of recruiting members. Some do this through marketing campaigns online or through television/radio. Others, whose members require a designation/certification, find that the best way to recruit members is by attending speaking events and career fairs at universities or colleges, or simply by good old-fashioned word of mouth. Each year […]

The Importance of Association Policy and Procedure Manuals

Do your staff know the difference between policies and procedures? Policies are the rules for the association. They state appropriate standards of action and behavior for all employees. Procedures are the instructions for the association. They describe who does the task, what steps must be performed, when those steps should be performed, and how the […]