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The Virtual Conference—Is This the Future of Events?

By |2021-01-05T13:50:19-06:00November 12th, 2020|

In August, I attended my first virtual conference. This two-day conference had keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and a trade show floor. The conference covered what is currently happening in the event industry and the future of events with tips on how to hold successful events in the current state [...]

Virtual Meetings for your Association Board

By |2020-10-28T11:10:07-05:00June 25th, 2020|

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 [...]

Ten Tips: How to be a Good, Efficient Board Member

By |2020-10-28T15:30:05-05:00April 16th, 2020|

As I sit here at my kitchen table writing this article, I have my children running around in the background, wanting to go outside, asking questions, wondering why we are stuck inside. I question myself all the time - am I making the right decision, is keeping them home [...]

The Association Board Binder

By |2020-10-22T10:23:00-05:00January 9th, 2020|

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: [...]

How to Prepare for your Association’s Annual General Meeting

By |2021-04-26T08:17:43-05:00October 3rd, 2019|

All associations are required by law to hold an annual meeting of members, or Annual General Meeting (AGM) yearly. The AGM is to be held within six months of the association’s year end. The purpose of the AGM is for the membership to approve the financial statements of the [...]

Back to the Basics: Being an Association Board Member

By |2021-04-23T15:43:34-05:00June 13th, 2019|

Are you contemplating becoming a board member for an association, but have never sat on a board before? Are you unsure of the role of the board and responsibilities of a director? In this article I go back to the basics and review what a board is, the functions [...]

Association Meeting Minutes: What You Need to Know

By |2020-10-15T08:14:45-05:00March 7th, 2019|

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 [...]

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

By |2020-10-21T15:19:18-05:00December 5th, 2018|

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 [...]

How Does Your Professional Association Recruit Members?

By |2020-10-15T08:31:26-05:00August 23rd, 2018|

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 [...]

The Role of the Administrative Support in an Association Office

By |2018-05-24T13:51:50-05:00May 24th, 2018|

I am frequently asked, “What is it that you do for work?”. When I tell people I work for Strauss Event and Association Management in an administrative position, I usually get a blank stare. Then, I explain what an association management company is, and what my role is within [...]

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