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 January 2002, Peter and I, on something of a whim, opened Mariner Management & Marketing. We had just both left our “day jobs” (Peter as EVP and me as Membership & Marketing Director for a trade association) at the close of 2001. We had a vision to create a new model for supporting association chapters. In came out of a belief that chapters are a critical link in the member value equation that too often falls short.
What makes Association Chapter events rock? Find out in this slide deck!
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
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.
We wanted to hear how some of our past association volunteer interviewees were doing, so we asked them! Here’s a snippet of they told us…
Our next interview is with Sonia Linebaugh, long-time member and volunteer with the Maryland Writers’ Association (MWA). As a writer, editor, writing coach and artist, Sonia finds the creative atmosphere of MWA has been a boon to her career, providing her with the motivation and creative outlet she needs to be successful.
Two chapters that I belong to are having their board installations this month. But here’s the kicker – one will do so without an incoming president or treasurer while the other is minus one position plus struggling to get members to attend meetings.
Recently, we sat down with Linda Semmel, administrative secretary for Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and active volunteer for the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) since 2002.
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