The Strauss Blog

Finding New Association Board Directors

An association’s annual general meeting (AGM) is for the membership to approve the financial statements of the previous year, elect or re-elect board members, hear reports from the board, approve motions on any changes to the by-laws, and bring forth any other business. Preparing for an AGM starts months before the actual meeting. This article […]

Hosting Association Golf Tournaments in a COVID-19 World

Association members are missing their face-to-face networking opportunities used to catch up with fellow members or to have those deep conversations with fellow members on issues affecting their industry. When the pandemic hit its peak earlier this year, associations had no choice but to cancel association in-person member events and gatherings. Now that provinces are […]

“Zoom Fatigue”: Is it affecting your Association? Tips on How to Manage it.

Over the past few months with so many of us now working from home there has been an increase in video conferencing through Zoom, Microsoft Teams, many other platforms. The demand to keep association members engaged and involved through the pandemic has certainly increased meetings, remote learning, and social/networking events. The term “Zoom Fatigue” has […]

Board/Senior Staff Optimal Levels of Engagement: How Do You Assess Them?

Engagement is such a crucial factor in managing the new world where the COVID-19 pandemic exists. There are lots of discussions taking place regarding your association members’ financial health and how the pandemic will affect this year’s results and next year’s projections. Before the world paused due to the pandemic, I attended the 2020 Symposium […]

Refining your Association’s Standard Operating Procedures

Associations frequently rely on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and association task calendars to guide board members and association staff through their work over a calendar year. These pre-established systems to complete tasks throughout the year are a key tool to an association’s success. I recently read a book called Atomic Habits by James Clear; it […]

Learning to Work Remotely

During this global pandemic, most associations have their employees working from home. When working remotely communication, prioritization of tasks, and overall organization are affected. With such a drastic change in environment, pace, and priorities, it’s important to stay connected with your colleagues during these uncertain times. Putting time, effort and thought into keeping yourself organized […]

Is your Association’s AGM in Jeopardy? Solutions to Cope with the Pandemic.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) season is underway for associations with a fiscal year end of December 31. The purpose of these mandatory meetings is for the board of directors and management to share reports, financials and updates and to allow members of the association to ask questions and share their voice. The current COVID-19 outbreak […]

Bilingualism in National Associations: How to Meet Member’s Expectations

Canadian associations are often bilingual, meaning they offer membership programs and services in both official languages: French and English. In this context, members, potential members and industry partners are expecting bilingual service. It is the role of the association and its board to set policies and expectations for French membership services. The framework of their […]