2010 was an exciting year for Mariner as we criss-crossed the country talking with association volunteers, leaders and staffs about the new models and new opportunities. I often referred to a favorite movie of mine "Back To The Future" because like that story, associations have an opportunity to reach into our past to prepare our future. Our roots date back to 1875 and what Alexis De Tocqueville noted then is even more true today: "In democratic countries the science of association is the mother of science; the progress of all the rest depends upon the progress it has made."
I started to write my own New Year’s post several times … you know the “resolutions list” or “advice on resolutions” or even the “big questions we need to ask ourselves” post. But frankly I’ve having too much fun (and truth be told creative sparks) from the ones I’m reading. So, here are the gems I found – hope you get a creative spark too!
This time, we talked with a woman who broke through stereotypical gender roles to become the president of a trade association in a predominately male industry. Jean Maisel, office manager of JDL Electric Company, Inc, is the 2010-11 president of the Independent Electrical Contractors Association-Chesapeake Chapter, a 2-year position in which she is determined to make a difference.
One more option for a holiday message (one caveat this focused on the Jesus but also celebrates how how our channels have changed if not the message!: The Digital Story of the Nativity
I am one of this people who love to get holiday messages. I hang up all the cards I get. I play all the e-cards I get. From this year’s picks here a few stand-outs:
I love all the gift-giving ideas and especially those promising “frugal” and “cheap but classy.” Here are a few perfect (okay not all cheap!) for your fav volunteer or anyone on your shopping list.
I’m taking part in the virtual book tour Maddie Grant and Lindy Dreyer are doing to explore concepts from Open Community: a little book of big ideas for associations navigating the social web. In this post, I asked Lindy and Maddie to dig a little deeper into the concept of sharing control, which they describe in the book.
Behind every great volunteer is a "system" and the best have a "Queen of Volunteers."
Case in point: Linda Sappington has come to be known as the “Queen of Volunteers” in Southern Utah where for 17 years, she has served as director of the Volunteer Center of Washington County. She began with a group of 300 and as she moves to a new position leaves 1,500 volunteers in seven different programs. Read the story and ask do your volunteers have the right system?
This month I've found a bounty of resources that I've tagged and used. Among them are thesace gems:
Don't make me "ask permission from the mother ship."
This quip is from an ASAE listserv posted today by a CRP (component relations professional) who's asking for advice on how to respond. It's also a quip that I've expressed in my volunteer roles and have heard endlessly. How to respond? Another volunteer responded plainly: "Paint a clear picture of what the end game is, then let me figure out the how".
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