Meet Dede Walsh, CMP, CTS, National Account Manager with Projection Presentation Technology (PPT) and volunteer for not one, but two professional associations (not to mention several ministries!). Dede's job puts her in direct contact with numerous associations, which is why once she became a member of the PPT team in 2006, she quickly joined the membership ranks. And why she dove into volunteering just a year later.
So my venture into the world of association membership continues. As I wrote earlier, I recently joined an association and was thrilled at the warm reception. In truth, I've joined two associations, each with a different membership dues policy: one's paid while the other is free. I won't get into the advantages/disadvantages of the two membership models (mostly because I haven't been in long enough to come to any real conclusion), but I will say that I've discovered one particular boon to the memberships: both are very active on LinkedIn.
In 2004, there were 86,054 trade and professional associations, and 1,010,365 philanthropic or charitable organizations. Based on ASAE & The Center’s benchmarking data, we can predict that slightly less than half of the associations have some sort of component: that is a sub-entity which offers members a place to “gather” that relates to their location, discipline or interest within the overall organization.
What makes Association Chapter events rock? Find out in this slide deck!
What makes a successful chapter? It really comes down to just four things: a passionate group of leaders, engaged members, a couple of right-on programs or activities held during the year, and an administrative hub that allows you to keep in touch with members, keep a tab on members, keep your money and resources straight and archive the history.
A NY Times blog on the risks of continuing to apply an “industrial-age mind-set to 21st-century professionals” made me think of how we’re doing that to our chapters and member communities.
I broke down and did it. The “straw” was the question from the hotelier asking if I was a member and eligible therefore for the discount. This was the second time in one day that membership was worth money in my pocket.
Among Mariner's unifying principals is a dedication to volunteering and to volunteers. In fact our basic bsuiness model is designed around the goal of supporting volunteers in their roles as chapter and community leaders. As part of our dedication, we host the Association Volunteers Facebook page and collect the stories of association volunteers in an effort to share their dedication and spread the word
I have been working out with a trainer for several years now, but it wasn’t recently that I really began to see the results…I’m stronger, have more energy, and happily a bit thinner. How did I do it? By focusing on what I really wanted to achieve and on what I needed to do to get there
More on my adventures as a new association member...
What is one way to discourage a budding volunteer? Not listening to or clarifying a volunteer’s intentions.
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