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The email subject line caught my eye: <strong>Just Released: Area Ambassador Program</strong>. I clicked through and explored, and perhaps more importantly, I moved this email to my fitness folder with a follow-up flag. A sure sign that this message resonated. Only later did I realize that this was yet another great example of how we can re-imagine our “chapters” and our volunteer cultivation to meet the new generation of members.
One thing we do here at Mariner is read. And we read a lot ... in books, magazines, newspapers and of course, the web. So I thought today, I’d give you a peak at what’s been on our screens lately …
Yet another call came in to Mariner asking about alternatives to the basic chapter model. We suggested that looking beyond the association world might generate more solutions.
When volunteer leaders ask me how can I find more volunteers or how can I get them to do what they promised? My first response is have you shown them the love?
Wow! The first month of 2015 certainly got by us quick. Or should I say … the first month of our 14th year has flown by!
That’s right. Mariner is celebrating 13 years of growth and success, moving from our humble roots as a professional association management company begun in 2002 to becoming national (and international) recognized experts on association management, volunteer engagement, and leadership development.
Join a group of volunteer evangelists as we explore new solutions for association volunteering on an Association Trends webinar series. Tom Hood, CEO, Maryland Association of CPAs, Debra BenAvram, CEO, A.S.P.E.N., Rick Grimm, CEO for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement, and Laura Garrison-Brook, President & CEO, Engaging Communities Consulting provide a look at 5 association case studies ranging from total governance overhaul to ad-hoc volunteering to a simple board training make-over.
Shifting from product to service, the c's of successful teams, examining your website, your LinkedIn profile and your membership recruitment lanaguage ... from my reading list.
It’s the first Monday of the New Year and many of us have headed back to work, school or whatever routine that is part of our daily lives. It is also the day when we start getting serious about those New Year’s resolutions we so eagerly made just last week. And it's the day that marks the beginning of the end because we all know we’ll scrap the whole resolution thing – if not most of it – by March.
But don’t despair. We can make it past March if we are just a bit more creative with some fun thrown in.
In Carol Burnett's immortal words, we're so glad we had this time together! And we look forward to more time in the company of friends and colleagues in 2015!
The most common lament we hear (ok it’s tied with “we can’t find volunteers”) is how can we get the volunteers to actually do what they say they will. As we’ve always said here at Mariner, volunteer management is really HR management and so the many principals for motivating employees are relevant.
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