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Welcome letter from DFWAE President Charles Carrington

DFWAE is North Texas’ premier educational and networking resource for association professionals. I am honored and humbled to lead and serve as your 2014-2015 President. Our dedicated staff and outstanding board of directors share a common mission, to Learn, Lead, Share in the association community. Together, we look forward to serving our valued members.

This will be another fantastic year of continued membership growth and excellence as we continue to deliver meaningful educational and networking experiences. We encourage you to get involved and informed in all DFWAE has to offer: the CAE Study group, DFWAE Toastmasters club, monthly Lunch & Learn events and a new self-study leadership program called Choosing Leadership. DFWAE’s membership team is happy to answer any questions. Do you know a fellow colleague or friend who should be a DFWAE member? Please ask them to join us.

DFWAE’s signature event is our annual Association Day. Mark your calendars now for Monday April 13, 2015 at the beautiful Hurst Conference Center. At A-Day, we offer you the opportunity to Learn, Lead, Share with your fellow association executives, associate and CVB members. Save the date and make plans to attend this day of professional development that will help you achieve greater success on your career path.

DFWAE has the incredible support of Executive Director Dave Beebe and Executive Staff member Raquel Navarrette. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or any member of our board or executive staff if you ever have any questions, comments or suggestions. We’d love to hear from you!

Thank you for your support, leadership and participation. We hope to see you at our next Lunch & Learn- November 19.

Let’s make it a great year!

Charles Carrington, IOM
DFWAE President, 2014-2015
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Save the dates!
Thursday, October 23: Trick or Tee with IAEE 9th Annual Fall Golf Classic Golf, Lunch, Happy Hour and Silent Auction
11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m
Location: Bear Creek Golf Club, 3500 Bear Creek Ct, Dallas, TX 75261
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DFWAE Choosing Leadership program
Will you choose to be a leader? Julie Hall of Custom Websites to Go has become DFWAE’s first Choosing Leadership participant. This new 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. We hope Julie’s demonstration of initiative will “lead” other members into signing up. To learn more about the program, look for Choosing Leadership under the Events tab at (coming soon!) or contact Judy Pulice, program coordinator.

Wednesday, November 19: November Lunch & Learn Meeting
"Budgets Can Be Your Best Friend"

Presenter: Christi H. Stinson, C H Stinson CPA
Budget isn't a dirty word - consider it Your Spending Plan! Buddy up with your Association's budget and reap the rewards of this BFF resource for association managers.
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m – Registration and Networking
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Luncheon and Presentation
Location: Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, TX 76054
Early Registration

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!

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What happens to key actions and decisions after a board meeting?
By William D. Pawlucy
How much time, care and preparation do we put into board meetings? If we attempted to put a value on the cost of holding and executing a board meeting, the costs would be in the tens of thousands of dollars when you factor in volunteer leader and staff time. Why does a well-run and well-thought-out meeting sometimes fall short when it comes to action? Instead of a minute taker do we need a project manager?
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Infographic: Do millennials prefer virtual meetings?
Midcourse Corrections
Conventional wisdom says that millennials prefer virtual and digital meetings over face to face ones. But according to an infographic compiled by CT Business Travel and NeoMam Studios, 78 percent of Gen Xers and 80 percent of millennials say they actually prefer in-person communication with their colleagues.
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Associations still trying to get by with one-size-fits-all messaging
Association Adviser
Job growth and other economic indicators are improving every quarter, but have association membership levels followed suit? According to our recent unscientific poll of Association Adviser readers, most associations (83 percent) are within 10 percent of their pre-recession membership levels. Not bad, but many wonder if they’ll fully return to the flush days before the global financial crisis. In fact, one in six respondents (17 percent) told us “we’re never going back to those days.”
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Lifecycle marketing: The foundation for membership marketing
Membership Marketing Blog
Membership is all about relationship. There is a marketing lifecycle that you need to keep in mind. In membership, the marketing lifecycle segments the membership experience into five consecutive steps.
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Membership pros' love/hate relationship with AMS systems
Associations Now
The happiness of an association membership pro, perhaps more than staff from any other department, likely hinges day to day on the performance of a key IT system: association management software. An association management software system can be a crucial tool for success in a membership organization — and also a possible source of frustration.
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Leadership in liminal times
Harvard Business Review Blog Network
Organizations must also periodically go through such wrenching times of transition, and it is during such liminal times that leaders have their greatest impact. They must manage to both craft the new world with smart strategy, often in the wake of disruption, and cause the organization to embrace the required change.
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Overhaul your social media marketing strategy with these basic approaches
Your social media strategy will need to evolve with the times and cannot be the result or some replica of a common and worn out approach. Success requires intelligence, an understanding of real data and attentiveness to trends and audience behavior. As you begin to tweak your strategy for tackling the current landscape, here are 4 key things you must consider for running effective campaigns.
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Get on board with social media or step aside
To be truly responsible board members and executives, it is important that we understand how people communicate today. Not every person on the board must be actively engaged in social media, but all board members should understand it.
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The nonprofit millstone: Does your tax classification make a difference to member value?
The Demand Perspective
Most associations are nonprofit. Practices and assumptions about what it means to be an association and a non-profit have evolved internally rather than in response to the way members and markets have been changing, and have shaped a “nonprofit mindset” and culture that are at odds with the market and, hence, are holding associations and other non-profits back.
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