Yep its going be hot at ASAE's 2012 Annual Meeting where the temperatures in Dallas are in the triple digits. While everyong is lamenting the heat, I say bring it on!
PRSA MD took a bold step this year when it switched the focus of its signature awards program Best In Maryland. Instead of the usual call for entries where PR agencies and organizations were asked to send in their best programs and single pieces, PRSA MD asked for nominations of individuals and teams whose year round work in PR was extraordinary.
The next competition for our association components is right on WordPress in the form of the WordPress Meetup. It was launched with a grandiose proclamation in January on the WordPress blog: “We hereby declare 2012 as the Year of the WordPress Meetup. You’ll want to get in on this action.” It is breaking the game wide-open
Yesterday, Leap Day 2012, some 30 association professionals gathered in the conference room at Printing and Graphics Association MidAtlantic to explore three topics: membership models, learning models, and social media. Formally titled an ASAE Super Swap, what we had was a social learning event where SMEs on the three topics faciliated conversations.
In 2008, the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) was ready to create a new model for their chapters. Fast forward to February 2012, when on a volunteer leadership call, three local leaders shared how the new model is working in their states. We heard proof that volunteer leaders will embrace change and in fact make it their own. AADE had successfully thrown out the dirty bath water (old structure) without losing their members and volunteers.
A great conversation happened over on the ASAE Components Section Collaborate group. It began with a simple request for a sample committee charter or work plan; It morphed though into a dialog on the value of committees.
ASAE11 was a great experience on many levels. But it also prompts me to ask a question. My top five reasons for giving ASAE staff, volunteers and attendees an A+:
The countdown has begun to the #ASAE11, ASAE’s annual conference in St. Louis, MO. There are many reasons I am excited including the session I will be involved in on Monday, August 8 at 8:45a. This session, “Design for the Future: Creating a Sustainable Local-State-National Member Community”, shares the journey the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) took to retool their local chapters for the future.
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