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Congratulations to ISAE member Lisa Nardi and the Residence Inn staff and management! They were recently awarded the "Platinum Award" which ranks them in the top 5 percent of all Residence Inns in the country in customer service. In addition, they received the "Making A Connection Award," which ranks them the #1 Residence Inn in the country based on guest service scores and feedback from guests.

The Peoria Area CVB is proud to announce the addition of Cory Hatfield as our Director of Sales. Hatfield is involved in many groups and organizations including ICCVB, ISAE, Meeting Planners International and the Society of Government Meeting Planners.

Meet ISAE in St. Louis for Summer Session 2015!
Save the Date for ISAE 2015 Summer Session in St. Louis, June 3 – 5. Register today!

Historic reunion at Lincoln Presidential Library
Two silver medallions from the hearse that carried Abraham Lincoln to his grave 150 years ago will be reunited at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum next month in a new exhibit about the president’s death and funeral. You can learn more about the exhibition here.

Commercial Real Estate auction
Commercial Real Estate, located at 408 S. 5th Street, Springfield, IL 62701 in downtown Springfield, will sell at auction on Wednesday, April 22 at 6 p.m. at the property address. For more information on the building and terms, please contact Dean Rhoades or Lester Crandall at 217-864-0468 or 217-620-4827, or click here.

Constitutional and Practical Implications of the New Six-Person Civil Jury
The twelve-person civil jury may soon become a thing of the past in Illinois — effective June 1, 2015, all civil jury cases “shall be tried by a jury of 6”; however, “[f]or all cases filed prior to [June 1, 2015], if a party has paid for a jury of 12, that party may demand a jury of 12 upon proof of payment.” This provision is part of Public Act 98-1132, which then Governor Quinn signed into law as a lame duck session amendment in December 2014. Defense counsel across Illinois are voicing concerns regarding the amendment on two fronts: (1) the constitutionality of the new law and (2) the practical implications of the amendment for pending actions filed before June 1, 2015. Read more

ISAE would like to extend a welcome to our newest members:
Barbara Rosi, Professional Registered Parliament

ASAE Inroads
The latest issue of ASAE Inroads is out. The topics included in this edition are:
  • IN legislature seeks to amend controversial RFRA
  • Koskinen discusses forthcoming political activity rules
  • Chaffetz asks sports leagues to justify tax-exemption
  • Power of A awards deadline approaching
    Read the entire issue of ASAE Inroads here.

    Always keep up with ISAE through the ISAE Blog.

  • Industry News

    Turning your association into something your members can't live without
    Ever leave the house without your cellphone? It induces a slight panic, doesn’t it? You wonder who will try and call you and what you’ll do in an unforeseen circumstance. Even the weight of your bag or pocket doesn’t feel right. Most likely you go back to retrieve it. Our phones are our lifelines, our connection to others, our communication devices, our ways to capture our days, fill in our knowledge gaps, and so much more. Wouldn’t it be great if we could be as indispensable to our members as their smart phones? You can. Well, almost, following these steps.
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    The case for training staff on governance
    Associations Now
    Board work is time-consuming, intellectually demanding, and often rife with interpersonal conflict. So why aren’t you encouraging your best employees to get involved in it? Your next board members likely aren’t on your staff, but you might still benefit from training them in board work.
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    Help me help my board
    By Robert C. Harris
    "Help me help my board" is a lament among association executives. The cry arises because few board members have extensive knowledge of governance. Instead they are guided by myths, stay in their comfort zone ("I won't say anything my first year") or they pattern themselves after board behaviors (right or wrong). Here are some of the pleas I often hear as I plan board orientations.
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    5 things that stress meeting planners out
    It’s no wonder that meeting planning made fifth place on CareerCast’s most stressful jobs of 2015 list. It’s key to really understand what is stressing you out, particularly when you’re on the road. So, what exactly are the top stressors for meeting managers?
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    Time for a MOOC-like makeover
    Event Garde
    There are MOOC-like things associations can do to entice learners. Since associations are nimble and can respond quickly to industry trends (much more quickly than higher education institutions can), associations are prime MOOC providers, according to a white paper from Web Courseworks.
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    Why group brainstorming is a waste of time
    Harvard Business Review
    The most widely used method to spark group creativity is brainstorming, a technique first introduced by Alex Osborn in the 1950s. Osborn famously claimed that brainstorming should enhance creative performance by almost 50% versus individuals working on their own. Yet after six decades of independent scientific research, there is very little evidence for the idea that brainstorming produces more or better ideas than the same number of individuals would produce working independently. In fact, a great deal of evidence indicates that brainstorming actually harms creative performance, resulting in a collective performance loss that is the very opposite of synergy.
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