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Illinois Society of Association Executives Legislative Update
With the first set of major deadlines behind us and Fiscal Year 2016 negotiations underway, here is a summary of activity related to lobby registration and ethics reform.

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!

House introduces bill regarding federal travel to conferences
ASAE and Power of A would like to alert you to new legislation that was introduced in the House regarding federal employee travel to conferences. To read more about the bill click here. If you have questions about this bill, please contact ASAE's Public Policy Department at 202-626-2703 or

Forum Forward is next month
Forum Forward™ delivers high-impact education, electrifying keynote speakers, unconventional learning formats and innovative networking opportunities to help ignite creative thinking and new ideas about the future for associations. The unique Forum Forward approach to experiential education creates a valuable parallel learning environment for CEOs and their staff teams. Learn more here.

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is now accepting applications for the 2015 Illinois Governor's Sustainability Awards. This award, begun in 1987, is the nation's longest standing state environmental award program that annually honors organizations and businesses who have made a commitment to the environment through implementation of outstanding and innovative sustainability practices.The deadline for submitting your application is close of business May 22. Applications will only be accepted electronically. Details and application information can be found here.

ISAE would like to extend a welcome to our newest members:
Greg Gonda, Martin One Source
Michelle Marcy, Excel Decorators, Inc.

ASAE Inroads
The latest issue of ASAE Inroads is out. The topics included in this edition are:
  • Farenthold introduces bill to restrict government travel
  • Senate finance posts comments on tax reform
  • NFL to drop tax-exempt status
  • Lew links tax reform to transportation funding
    Read the entire issue of ASAE Inroads here.

    Always keep up with ISAE through the ISAE Blog.

  • Success leaves clues
    By Chris Egelston
    *See Chris Egelston speak at ISAE Summer Session!

    Why am I not as successful as those people? That’s the question I asked myself many years ago and it set me on the path to studying success. Once you begin studying success, you begin to realize that there are certain core principles of success that all high-achievers follow. And these principles are not hidden in secret vaults and passed on to only the select few. They are hidden in plain sight.

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    Free webinar: Social media without wasting your time
    The age of social media experimentation is over, and this resource-gobbling activity needs to pull its own weight. So how do you really engage members and other stakeholders — without wasting your time? How can you generate "content" that demonstrates value, particularly when the competition is "free"? Most importantly, how can you protect against identity theft, brand hijacking and other risks? Join us on Thursday, May 14 at noon ET as author and social media expert Randall Craig shares practical advice and insight in a tight, content-focused free webinar.
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    Industry News

    Retired members: Tough to serve, too many to ignore
    Associations Now
    There aren’t a lot of clear best practices in associations for how to craft a successful membership offer for your industry’s retirees, but with baby boomers moving past 65, it seems like an opportunity ready for the taking.
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    How your association can use video to engage members
    Association Adviser
    It’s all about video now. There’s no doubt that video is a powerful communications tool. Using social media, email, digital publications and events to promote your videos will help you inform members of this wonderful benefit you offer.
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    5 tips to help your members master association networking
    Networking. It’s one of your organization’s most valuable offerings. But while some of your members might be stellar networkers, others, such as your younger, less experienced members, might not know how to capitalize on this offering. If your members don’t see the value in networking, they’re likely to leave your organization over time. So to help these emerging professionals make the most out of your association’s networking opportunities, try passing along these five tips.
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    3 things your association needs to STOP doing to thrive
    Principled Innovation
    The central imperative for 21st century association decision-makers is to build their organizations to thrive. If you’re serious about taking action on this imperative, then it’s high time to create the necessary conditions for moving the work forward by ending three orthodox mindsets that still exist within the vast majority of associations.
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    Little habits that hurt association credibility
    Smooth the Path
    We hold our place in conversations with filler words which act as a bridge between coherent thoughts. Most commonly these words are “ah,” “um,” “er,” and “so, you know.” We slide in filler words to indicate to others that we’re still talking. If people use filler words in their communications do organizations use the equivalent of filler words in their marketing messaging? What little signals are associations unintentionally sending that make them less credible and trustworthy?
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    How to write your next piece of content (infographic)
    In writing, process is necessary because you need a kind of road map to get you to where you need to be. Use these 12 steps from Ann Handley’s “Everybody Writes” to take your writing from a discombobulated mess to a coherent, useful piece of content that engages audiences.
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