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10 Ways to Make Your Association Newsletter Stand Out

By |2022-04-28T11:26:18-05:00April 28th, 2022|

Earlier this year I attended a presentation that provided tips on elevating the quality of your newsletter. Prior to this presentation, I had not put too much thought into the newsletter process and how effective it can be for your association membership. According to the 2021 Association Communications Benchmarking [...]

The Membership Application Form – A Member’s First Impression of Your Association

By |2022-01-27T11:44:09-06:00January 27th, 2022|

Is your association membership application form sending the right impression to potential members? Your membership application process is the way new members are introduced to your association. It is important to make sure that the process is user-friendly and uncomplicated. If it isn’t, it could turn off that potential [...]

Association Meeting Minutes: The Dos and Don’ts

By |2021-10-21T13:20:24-05:00October 21st, 2021|

One thing all associations have in common is the recording of meeting minutes. Minutes are an official record of actions that the board or committee took at a meeting. Minutes are taken at all meetings whether they are board, committee, or member meetings. These meetings are held in-person, via [...]

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 [...]

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