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DFWAE President Kandice Poteet
|Thoughts from the President
Dear DFWAE Troop 16-17,
Hello members and friends! Get involved with DFWAE’s Journey to Excellence this year. We are on a mission to Learn, Lead and Share. We have included a line-up of excellent programming for you in 2016-2017, which you can preview in the Save the Dates section!
We extend a Texas-sized congratulation to DFWAE former President Tom Chapman named, recently named as TSAE Distinguished Association Executive!
TOM CHAPMAN, CAE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AMERICAN ORTHODONTIC SOCIETY
The Distinguished Executive Award is a reflection of outstanding leadership and achievement in association management. Honorees exemplify the best in association management by continually bringing credit to the association management community.
Stay tuned and keep your browser pointed toward DFWAE.ORG for more!
Our charge is to Learn, Lead and Share as we “Journey to Excellence” in 2016-17!
Let’s Summit! You could be the next Tom Chapman!
October 11: DFWAE Fair Day – Celebrating Associations & Agriculture
DFWAE Fair Day will be held in the UT tent behind the Hall of State Building on the State Fair of Texas Fairgrounds, serving up Smokey John’s award-winning barbeque. We have an excellent program focusing on Associations and Agriculture and their billion-dollar economic contribution to the great State of Texas each year. A can’t-miss opportunity to network and learn more about what your association means to Texas! Registration includes round-trip group transportation and fairground admission. (1 CAE)
11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
More Information / To Register
October 26 Half-Day Seminar: Volunteer Leadership and Professional Networking, led by Lowell Appelbaum, CAE
Two sessions in one great seminar! “Networking Evolution: Creating Better Platforms for Connection”; and “Volunteer Excellence: Creating Opportunities for Amazing Volunteer Experiences”. Registration includes lunch. (4 CAE)
9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hilton Arlington, 2401 E Lamar Blvd, Arlington, TX 76006
More Information / To Register
November (date TBA): Chili Cook-off and Educational Event
Benefitting the winning organization’s charity of choice. More details soon!
December 7: DFWAE Christmas Dinner at the Tower Club, 48th Floor of the Thanksgiving Tower in Downtown Dallas. More details soon!
January 11: Membership Roundtables Lunch and Learn. More details soon!
February 22: Half-Day Seminar: Governance, led by Bob C. Harris. More details soon!
March 20: Association Day 2017
Location: Irving Convention Center in Las Colinas
Details coming soon!
Forget to Renew Your DFWAE Annual Dues? You Can Take Care of it Now!
Click here to renew your membership for the 2016-2017 member year. Access to Member-Only benefits ended July 31st for lapsed members. It just takes a moment to log-in and easily review/update your member profile and pay your annual member dues. Please attend to this important step today. If you’ve already renewed, thank you!
DFWAE Choosing Leadership program
Will you choose to be a leader? This program for DFWAE members is designed for those wanting to brush up on their leadership skills, and it is so named because we know leaders are made, not born. To learn more about the program, look for Choosing Leadership under the Events tab at DFWAE.org or contact Judy Pulice, program coordinator.
DFWAE Toastmasters meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at National Athletic Trainers’ Association, 1620 Valwood Parkway, Suite 115, Carrollton 75006. Learn More
DFWAE Readers Group (Online)
You're invited! See reviews and recommendations from member participants, while sharing your favorite reads! Click here to engage with the DFWAE Readers Group. Connect using your existing Goodreads account, or join for free!
By Robert C. Harris
At a recent meeting of associations, the executives described their organizations. I asked them to use quantifiable aspects in their descriptions. For example, size of the board, number of members, annual budget or size of the staff. This allows colleagues to compare and contrast performance. My role was to lead discussions on governance, strategy and smart practices.
Associations used to have similar monopolies in their industries. They were the centers of their fields and didn’t compete with other organizations. That made association life pretty comfortable. As much as we may have enjoyed them, those days are gone for good. Associations no longer have the advantage of a relative lack of competition. Instead they’re going head-to-head with other nonprofit and for-profit organizations, websites, and media companies.
By Shawn Smajstrla
Despite their nonprofit status, associations — just like any business — require revenue to operate. Traditionally, dues paid by members constituted the operating capital for associations. Increasingly, though, non-dues revenue has become an important and necessary means of supplementing an organization's dues income to allow it to fulfill its mission. As business becomes ever more digital, new avenues for collecting non-dues revenue emerge.
John Graham, President and CEO of ASAE, recently spoke at the Georgia Society of Association Executives’ monthly luncheon, where he discussed major trends impacting associations. Here are three major trends, according to Graham, impacting associations.
A new study on innovation from Marketing General suggests that there’s a distinct line separating associations that are innovative from those that aren’t. Is there some middle ground here?
Association professionals say their association is not innovating because they are under-resourced, they don’t have the right ideas or don’t know how to prioritize between a bunch of great ideas, or the association’s stakeholders (leadership, staff, board, members) fear risk. These are challenges for sure, these are even the challenges the most innovative associations have had, but these challenges are not insurmountable. They should not be stopping us in our tracks. In fact, dig in and what we find are a handful of myths – myths uncovered in the 2016 Association Innovation Research Study – that are holding us back.
Let’s pause to think about a basic millennial truth: some millennials are full-on grown-ups with jobs, spouses and kids, while some are still in high school. Which leads to a couple questions your board should be asking itself when thinking about attracting millennial members: when it comes to marketing membership in our association to millennials, are we thinking age appropriately?
Many of us came of age at a time when change didn’t happen as intensely as it does now. We had time to hone skills, acquire knowledge and progress in our careers. But now, I don’t think any of us can imagine how much our world and our place in that world will change in the next five or ten years. The way we work will change. The way our members and customers will work will change. What we need to learn and know to make a living will change. How will you keep up your skills and remain employable (relevant)? How will your children, grandchildren or the young people you see every day in your town or city prepare for the future of work? How will your members and future members? Don’t say college.
Event Manager Blog
With sponsorship money quickly disappearing, a tense macro-economic environment and audiences maturing on social media, we face an incredible amount of uncertainty. So what does the future of event marketing look like? We teamed up with our friends at etouches to deliver an overview of what the future looks like.
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