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“I’ve got a full plate. I don’t know if I’ll be available for those meetings. I just can’t commit right now.” I’ve said that in response to an invitation to volunteer. Now, I don’t. Instead I ask will the volunteer opportunity help me meet my personal and business goals. Volunteering isn’t simply a time commitment, […]

This little video prompts an idea – what if my association sent me a short clip highlighting my year or month with them? I think if ASAE crafted mine, it would certainly have a picture of me on stage celebrating induction as a Fellow, maybe a shout out about the 15 posts I wrote that […]

Mariner received the 2018 Partner of Distinction Award from PRSA Maryland for our service as their management company. President Claudia Ciolfi announced the award at the chapter’s Best In Maryland Gala December 11 where the chapter showcases exemplary efforts in public relations, communications, and marketing by PR firms, solo practitioners, marketing agencies, associations, and corporate […]

At CEX 18, we heard from many association execs that they needed to do something different for their components (chapters, affiliates, regions, etc.). They were facing groups struggling to find volunteers, having difficulty filling seats at events and failing to get basic – yet important – administrative tasks completed. Others said they just wanted a […]

Recycling leaders. Empty positions. Tired leaders. So how can we at the national level help solve this problem so common at the local level? Help local groups think differently. Coach your chapters on how to attract the new volunteer. And then take one more step and actively help them. (1) Embrace new volunteer model and […]

If you walked into room W184 at #ASAE18, you would have found the chairs out-of-whack, music in the air, interesting snippets of innovation in action on a rotating slide deck and lots of buzz. At the end of the 90-minutes, you would have discovered that hacking our current chapters is fun and possible. Our hackathoners […]

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