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Jamie DeSimone, CAE, Director Membership & Chapter Relations for Independent Electrical Contractors led a off-the-beaten path conversation at ASAE & The Center's Annual Meeting last month which looked at what could be considered the "chapter-lite" model and even went a little further and talked about what is probably more appropriately consider the "anti-chapter" (meant as a compliment!). The session was titled Creating Local Community for Yourself and Your Association.
Chat, Chew & Chocolate isn't your traditional association and certainly isn't your traditional chapter organization - but it is creating excitement and gathering steam. Translated that means it's building members and raising revenue
ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership unveiled the Decision To Volunteer research study at its Annual Meeting in San Diego. I'll be sharing the research and insights about this groundbreaking study as we delve more into it. Here's a great summary from Cynthia D'Amour that captures the essence of it. (You'll likely enjoy her current posting on "She wouldn't take my money" too.) As the caption says, this research really does shine the light on why people give their time and how you can engage them.
Chip Deale Head of Society Relations for CFA Institute and Kimberly Fischer, an association consultant joined me for a conversation about sharing data in ASAE & The Center Connecting 08 Annual Meeting session“Chapter & National Databases: Do They or Don’t They Interface?” on August 19. The main take-away from the session was that we can create well-organized data sharing systems and we can harness the power of data being collected at national and at the local level.
The list starts off fairly simply with "Know Thy Membership" but ends with a bang on "Don't write-off non-volunteers". The latter may well be one of the most important commandments. The list is Beth Grazley's 10 Commandments for improving your volunteer program shared at the end of her Thought Leader Session on The Decision To Volunteer study undertaken by ASAE & The Center last fall.
ASAE & The Center's Decision To Volunteer study is packed with aha's, told-you-so's and myth busters. Read Ben Martin's review of the book published by ASAE & The Center and authored by Beth Gazley and Monica Dignam (and thanks Ben for the appreciation of the "acting on the findings" section in key chapters which was the handiwork of a team including me largely from the Component Relations Section Council).
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