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April 6 event postponed|
The April 6 Lunch and Learn, "Welcoming Environment®: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion" by Michelle Mason has been postponed. We will work with Ms. Mason and our host venue the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to reschedule later.
For those who have registered for this event, your registration is good for the rescheduled meeting. It would be our preference to retain those funds. If you can not attend the rescheduled event, we could provide a refund or credit you to another event. Any concerns regarding this please contact Executive Director, Sara Decatoire
Talk to Us
Like you, the health and wellness of our staff is paramount. As of March 16, ISAE staff has had the option to work remotely. This is in effect until at least the end of March. Plans are in place to handle day to day operations. We are here to answer questions through phone (217-321-2498 or through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Contact Us form. ISAE staff, Board, and Committees are still meeting
We understand that you have been bombarded with communications regarding COVID-19. We want to hear from you. What are you doing? What do you need? Please take this one-minute survey that will be extremely useful on how we can help you.
Results will be shared soon. Thank you in advance.
ISAE Covid-19 Plan – Here for YOU
Like you, the ISAE Staff has been actively monitoring the extremely fluid events related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). This is not business as normal, but we do have business to conduct.
Your staff is taking the necessary precautions and working from their home offices as needed. Protocols and procedures are in place to handle day to day operations, as well as, strategic plans to move the association forward.
We are establishing a communication plan that provides you with timely and pertinent updates. Please utilize us as a resource.
We will continue to monitor the websites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois Department of Public Health and other applicable government sites.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ISAE Staff at 217-321-2498.
Sara Decatoire |
ISAE Executive Director
Aaron McEvoy, CAE |
ISAE Associate Director
ISAE Membership Profile – “This is YOU” and US
One of the benefits for synchronizing our membership database and event management through the YourMembership is to have more complete and accurate records. You now have the ability to update your own record & monitor your participation and CAE hours earned at ISAE events. This improvement was inspired by YOU. We listened.
Please sign in to your ISAE account to update your profile. The default username is your email. The password is ISAE2020! (unless you recently changed). Simply follow the prompts. ISAE staff does not have access to your password. Please take a moment to update your profile. If you do have questions, please contact Associate Director, Aaron McEvoy, CAE.
How to keep your association running if coronavirus worsens
If you ever wondered why you should develop a business continuity plan, coronavirus has supplied an answer. As fears about the spread of the virus rise, associations are determining how they will cope if a severe outbreak hits the U.S. Business continuity plans cover many emergencies — including infectious disease — so make sure yours is up to date. This post from Associations Now provides some timely perspective on operating in this new environment.
Notice to lobbyists and authorized agents
The office of the Secretary of State is closed through March 31, 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Online access will remain available to all lobbyists and authorized agents. Statutorily required deadlines are extended for 30 days. You will be notified of any change to this status when office operations are reviewed.
COVID-19: Uncharted waters
COVID-19 has seemingly changed the world overnight. no one can control what happens next. And that gives many of us a feeling of uncertainty that causes stress and anxiety. But by focusing your attention on small daily actions, you can move forward even in the face of uncertainty. And in turn, that reduces stress and anxiety. Here are some resources from Precision Nutrition to help you care for yourself in these unchartered waters.
‣ How to Work Out at Home
‣ How to Eat for Good Health
‣ How to Keep Making Progress (When Life Gets Crazy)
‣ How to Improve Your Sleep
‣ How to Better Manage Stress
Turn your physical conference to virtual
The impact of COVID virus is forcing organizations to reconsider their all-important events in 2020. While there is no way to replace the immersive experience of a physical event this guide can assist an organization that needs to urgently transition to a virtual conference while abiding by the expectations of attendees, presenters and sponsors. This guide from OpenWater will present the framework and toolkit to quickly migrate from a physical conference to a virtual conference.
Tech tips for boards to remember
Scammers will often try to compile board names and email addresses then send out phishing messages. That's why Rob French, ISAE Immediate Past-President (and “tech guru”) reminds us it's important to remain diligent when combating such messages. There are commonly three versions:
- First thing you can always check is the “From” email. For example, if you know the sender's email is clearly not email@example.com - end of story. You can notify other board members as an FYI, since there’s a chance they did or will receive a similar message from the same scammer.
- On rare occasions an actual email client can be compromised, so if the emails DO appear to be coming from the correct source (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org), make sure to notify that individual since they may have had a security breach and need to take action on their end.
- Finally, sometimes the email can simply be spoofed (or reskinned to look like it is email@example.com) but it is an illusion. These will often want you to click a link, since “replying” to the email will not go to the scammer. These emails are also highly likely to end up in your Spam folder. Computers will do quick checks and see if the email seems to be coming from the place it says it is, and flag those that fail as spam.
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For generations, associations have been a valuable resource for people and have helped to set standards for various industries and interest groups. They’ve long provided a rich breeding ground for new ideas, education and innovation. In a world where technology continuously evolves and communication boundaries appear to blur on a global scale, we may find ourselves wondering if associations still matter in the modern age.
Associations that want to offer teleworking either full time or part time will have to look at many different factors and be prepared to make a lot of decisions before it can become a reality.
We can get consumed by a dominating emotion (usually fear or anger). When this happens, our brain tells the adrenal glands to release cortisol and adrenaline into our bloodstream. We’re left in a state of panic, shock and disarray. The effects are anything but imaginary. This is the last thing we want to have happen to us in the workplace. That’s where a crucial concept like de-escalation comes into play. It’s something that can make or break how we respond in crises and stressful situations.
If you look at the activities of members who renew year after year, you’d probably see a correlation between volunteering and retention. Members who volunteer are more likely to achieve their membership goals, such as connecting with others, finding their community, and learning new skills. But what about everyone else? When you know why members don’t volunteer, you can help them overcome the obstacles in their way. Let’s get into the head of a member and imagine the questions and thoughts they have about volunteering.
A regular feedback process ensures that “complainers” and those naturally outspoken aren’t the only ones who ever give you an opinion. By soliciting feedback from your entire membership, you give everyone a chance to be heard. Collecting member feedback isn’t difficult, but there are some best practices to follow to get the best results and most responses.
By Robert C. Harris
Not all board members have knowledge of governance. Some have the benefit of serving on prior boards. Others are novices. Seldom does a board say, "We need help." In theory, the directors all attended board orientation. It may be difficult to recognize if a board feels apprehensive about skills. Therefore, you can conduct a board evaluation to identify insecurities about governance. The board is used to evaluating the budget, and possibly the executive director, but what about their own performance?
Committees are the lifeblood of associations. They are the vehicles by which organizations meet objectives and accomplish goals – but they can mean so much more to your association. By looking at committees with a fresh set of eyes, you can better appreciate their value and identify steps you can take to better realize that value.
Creating mini-scenarios — which can range from one to four sentences — as part of your multiple-choice assessments can be a great way to not only measure the effectiveness of training but can also be a simple solution to breathe life into your association’s existing assessments.
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