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Nov. 24
November Membership Luncheon & Annual Business Meeting

Dec. 11
December Round Table


ISAE Highlights

ISAE November Annual Business Meeting & Luncheon: Monday, November 24 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
At the 2014 Annual Business Meeting, ISAE will hear from all Committee Chairs and Executive Director, Amy Cheatham. In addition, members will vote on the 2015 Slate of Officers and Directors. During the networking portion of the luncheon, ISAE will put together "Baskets of Bounty" for local families in need to ensure they have a Thanksgiving Dinner this year! We have increased the luncheon price by $5 to purchase one Basket of Bounty per luncheon attendee. We hope you will join us in helping out those in need in our community. The baskets will be put together during the networking time, 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. *If you would like to contribute more to the Baskets of Bounty program you can do so when registering.
After the luncheon, go to the Museum to experience the new exhibit, Undying Words: Lincoln 1858 - 1865. See more details on the agenda or register now.

ISAE featured in Association Trends
ISAE was recently featured in this article in Association Trends. Be sure to read about ISAE's "ISAExtra" networking social held at the allegedly haunted Curve Inn.

During the Annual Business Meeting, the following slate for the 2015 Board of Directors will be voted on by ISAE Members. Click here to view slate.

Registration is now open for the ISAE 2015 Annual Convention and Trade Show, Thursday, January 22 at the Hilton Springfield. Register today, exhibit, sponsor, advertise!

Bloomington-Normal Area CVB unveils brand new state-of-the-art website
ISAE member Bloomington-Normal Area CVB has refreshed its website in response to the increased attention to and tourism in the Bloomington-Normal area of Illinois. Click here for a behind-the-scenes look at its development.

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Save the date for the ISAE Holiday Open House, Wednesday, December 3. RSVP here

ISAE December Round Table: Conference Apps – December 11 at the ISAE Office. Click here to view more details.

ISAE would like to extend a welcome to our newest members:
Colleen Keeku, American College of Physicians
Ed Wojcicki, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police
Robert Gilligan, Catholic Conference of Illinois
Autumn Walters, Q Center LLC

ASAE Inroads
The latest issue of ASAE Inroads is out. The topics included in this edition are:
  • GOP hopes to do tax extenders in lame duck
  • Obama voices support for net neutrality rules
  • Second ACA enrollment period opens
  • Read the entire issue of ASAE Inroads here.

    Industry News

    10 things you need to know about non-dues revenue, part 2
    Association Adviser
    As we discussed in Part 1, there are more ways than ever for associations to communicate with members, so it’s only natural to assume there are more ways than ever for associations to make the cash register ring. But, it’s not that simple. The key is finding the right balance between the shiny new objects that Next Gen seems to crave and legacy communications vehicles such as conferences, print magazines, newsletters and directories — the legacy channels that continue to rack up big points with longstanding members and suppliers even in this digital age.
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    Zero in on your unengaged members
    Associations Now
    What percent of your association’s members would you call “mystery members”? How would a metric that tracked that portion of your members help guide your engagement strategy? One association’s key engagement metric answers a simple question: How many members’ engagement score is zero?
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    8 terribly common association breaches and breakdowns
    Midcourse Corrections
    Sadly, and all too commonly, many associations appear to suffer from the equivalent of attention deficit disorder. If you know someone with ADD, you know what happens when he or she exerts energy in the absence of focus, goals and vision. Many associations are like this as well. They suffer from Organizational-ADD. It all starts with the executive brain — the association’s leadership. This includes volunteer leaders — advisors, board, committee chairs, committee members — and staff. What is required is leadership that pays attention to what is important, inhibiting things that will not help or hurt the organization, and staying current.
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    Is your association making these 4 common social media mistakes?
    Social media is still in its infancy and a lot of associations are just starting to get their stride – engaging members and moving prospects down the sales/membership funnel. But these mistakes are so common you’ve probably already made one today. Here’s what you need to stop now and why they’re hurting you more than your think.
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    Why it's so hard for us — and boards — to plan ahead
    “What are we going to be in 10 years?” It is one of the most challenging questions that any organization can ask itself. It’s also one of the hardest. You’ve heard plenty of simple, yet meaningless, platitudes in response. “We are forward-thinking” or “We’re going to be the biggest player in our sector”, but if organizations or companies really want to be successful in the years to come, their executives and boards need to put some real work into answering the question. Of course, that’s easier said than done.
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    Finding the roots of true engagement
    The Demand Networks
    Outside our visible transactions with a favorite service provider — frequent purchases, the formal classes we attend at a university or our association’s annual conferences and journals — there is a secret web of personal motivations and values that drive our loyalty to them. Sure we may love our association’s mission or the prestige of our university but what converts us into committed members, customers or donors lies in the informal, personal, unique experiences and relationships that resonate with our motivations and give us outcomes that make a difference in some aspect of our lives.
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    New association virtual events report released
    Clearly we are still in the early days of virtual events as a trend, but the use of this format across a diverse range of organizations — and its continued use by most who have tried it — suggests that virtual events will become a mainstay of association education and events going forward.
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