The Strauss Blog

Maintaining Association Member Engagement in a Socially Distant World: An Interview

In this interview, Sandra Harssar, an executive member of the Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), discusses her journey as a board member and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected association member engagement and involvement. Q: What prompted you to run for a position on the board? Sandra: I was always interested in trade shows […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Board Succession Planning During a Pandemic: How is Your Association Adapting?

Due to the changing times as a response to COVID-19, many associations have been adapting operations and seeking new solutions. Member communications, continuing education and networking opportunities have been recreated with the purpose of providing a good return on investment for association members. With annual general meetings, conferences, and board meetings being held virtually, associations […]

Navigating the Pandemic as a Board Chair: An Interview

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Strauss’ association clients continue to work with volunteers, board members, and association staff to navigate their next steps. This article features interviews with board chairs Alex Jovetic (A), Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC), and Victor Duarte (V), Physician and Clinical Assistants of Manitoba (PCAM), to gain insight on how […]

Association Board Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics: Why are they so Important?

As an Association Executive, I’ve been in many situations where a board of director’s Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics were valuable tools in board related issues. Recent events spurred me to write this article to emphasize the importance of incorporating these two documents into an association’s board member orientations, ensuring that they are […]

The Best-Intentioned Association Boards Can Get Sidetracked

A lot of thought and energy goes into preparing the agenda for an association’s board of directors meeting, but without proper planning and structure, a strong board can easily lose track of priorities throughout the meeting. How to plan an agenda and how to ensure that board members arrive prepared is equally about respecting fellow […]

Managing Tough Board Conversations

Whether you are the Chair of an association board of directors, or the chief staff officer (Executive Director), facilitating tough conversations at the board level isn’t always easy. The best way to handle tough conversations is through open and transparent dialogue and, whenever possible, by arranging face to face meetings. It is important that the […]