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Tempted to Skip Your Performance Evaluation? Don't.

by Donna Oser, CAE, MSAE President & CEO

In a tumultuous year, your own performance evaluation may be the last thing you want to think of as an association CEO. It is tempting to postpone it or, worse yet, breeze through a weak process just to check the box and move on. Don't. Read more.

Member News

Kathy Barks Hoffman Named to Hall of Fame

Kathy Barks Hoffman, of Martin Waymire, was named to the Ball State University Department of Journalism's Hall of Fame. The recognition comes just a year after previously being named to the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. Read more.

Michigan Retailers Launch the "Shop 3 Challenge"

MRA is encouraging Michigan residents to keep their dollars local this holiday season by adding at least three local merchants to their shopping destinations. With many retailers struggling to get by, supporting local is crucial this holiday season. Read more.

Judge Denies MRLA Request to Stop Indoor Dining Ban

After filing a lawsuit to pursue an immediate end to the ban on indoor dining, part of the three-week "pause" initiated by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association saw its request for a preliminary injunction denied this week. A federal judge in Grand Rapids based the move on the fact that restaurants were not being singled out in the order, which impacts in-person instruction in schools as well as entertainment venues. Read more

Alzheimer's Association - Michigan Chapter Advocates for Families as COVID-19 Hits Dementia Patients Disproportionately Hard

Common health conditions associated with Alzheimer's and dementia have made life exceedingly more difficult and stressful for caregivers working with dementia patients. The Michigan Chapter has worked tirelessly to increase the resources available to those looking to keep dementia patients healthy during the pandemic. Read more.


Gratitude in a Time of Adversity: Insights from Association Colleagues 

While 2020 has been a challenging year for so many organizations, there are important lessons to be learned from the adversity that associations have faced. We asked several association leaders what they're taking away from this year, how their perspective on work and family has changed, as well as what they're most looking forward to in the year ahead. Read more.

Topics and Trends

Michigan Music Venues, Promoters Form Trade Group

The Michigan Independent Venue and Promoter Association, launched just this week, will lobby Lansing for $10 million worth of financial support to help keep the state's venues and promotion companies afloat during the pandemic. The music venue and promotion industry has been heavily impacted by the pandemic and shutdowns, with over seventy venues already closed since March. Read more

Don't Ask Questions to Which You Already Know the Answer

If you value your members, don't ask them questions that will make them feel unvalued. Knowing basic data points about your members shows you know and appreciate their contributions to the organization. It's a small, but important part of data management that can change how your members feel about your association. Read more.

13 Year-End Questions to Ask Your Team

2020 was a year unlike any other, but the silver lining is that associations have an opportunity to assess the lessons learned during a time of adversity. Answering these questions will set the intentions for your organization for the year ahead. Read more.

Important Payroll Changes Coming in 2021

Changes to the state's Medicare Tax, HSA contributions, IRA contributions, and a plethora of other aspects of payroll processing are coming in just a few weeks. Are you and your employees prepared? Read more.

Coronavirus News

Key COVID-19 Metrics Trending in the Right Direction

Two weeks into Michigan's "pause" that tightened restrictions on schools and businesses to stem the spread of coronavirus, two key metrics are trending in the right direction and are cause for optimism. Both case rates and positivity rates are declining across the state, although both metrics are still much higher than is ideal for stopping the spread. Read more.

Will Michigan's "Pause" be Extended? Governor Whitmer Hasn't Ruled Such a Move Out

Michigan's three-week period of additional restrictions placed on entertainment venues, in-person education, and indoor dining is due to expire on December 8. At a press conference this week, Governor Whitmer said it was too early to say whether MDHHS will extend the restrictions or let them end as previously planned. Read more.

Job Posting

Now Hiring: Director of Membership and Sponsorship

The National Equipment Finance Association is hiring a Director of Membership and Sponsorship. This position will focus on membership growth, increase member engagement, member retention, and increase sponsorship revenues. If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to Chad Sluss, NEFA Executive Director/CEO. 


The Very Interesting Game & Happy Hour!

  Join your friends and colleagues from across the association industry for a late-afternoon romp to celebrate the holiday season. Enjoy the entertainment of the game, some banter amongst the other attendees, and an adult beverage of your choosing as we reconnect before the holiday break. This is a free event - we just ask that you RSVP below so we know who'll be joining the fun! RSVP here.

A big thank you to DeVos Place for sponsoring so we could make this event free to everyone!

Academy of Association Management
Meeting Planning

  This session will provide a basic overview of best practices in meeting planning for virtual and in-person meetings from the perspectives of both a veteran meetings planner and a supplier. Participants will gain an understanding of:
  • An event planning timeline from securing a venue through meeting promotions and communications
  • Meeting budget preparation including data collection for assumptions and pricing strategies
  • Speaker identification and contracts
  • Meeting logistics including setup, capacities, special needs as well as food and beverage 
This promises to be an exceptionally helpful session for anyone in the event and meetings space, particularly as virtual events add complexity and nuance to the planning and execution process. Register now. 

Thought Leader Webinar Series
Six Ways to Grow Your Association During a Pandemic

During sudden shocks to our economic system and times wrought with uncertainty, it can seem counterintuitive to be talking about growth. However, if associations are going to be poised for recovery, association leaders need to look beyond defensive measures to focus on growth. Re-tuning and reconsidering value propositions, and taking immediate steps to strengthen and deepen their toolkit for engaging their members, is crucial to survival. This is a practical, hands-on webinar that will have actionable takeaways for association leaders, as well as marketing and membership engagement leaders. Register now.

           Academy of Association Management

                                 Professional Development

Industry-specific professional development is a core benefit provided by most associations. In this session, participants will discover how quality professional development can drive participation in conferences, workshops, seminars, and webinars. Collectively, the group will consider the changing influence of networking in our customer’s decision to participate and explore content delivery, learning styles, and evaluation of professional development programs. Register now.

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