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The latest issue of ASAE Inroads is out. The topics included in this edition are:
IRS to rewrite proposed 501(c)(4) rules
Ways and Means holds tax mark-up
Tax extenders package still stalled
DC Council passes tax cut package
Read the entire issue of ASAE Inroads here.
Members in the News
Alesha Stevenson, Marketing Manager of the Bloomington-Normal Area CVB, has been named to the Connect Magazine 40 Under 40, which recognizes the industry's top young professionals.
Dustin Scott, Meeting & Events Project Coordinator at Illinois Soybean Association was among the seven executives inducted into the Illinois Meetings + Events' 2013 Hall of Fame.
ISAE would like to welcome the following new members:
Grace Norris, Illinois State Dental Society Foundation
Cyndi Martinez, Oak Brook Hills Resort
Alissa Vandenbossche, Parke Regency Hotel
Joni Staley, Embassy Suites - East Peoria
Benchmark Hospitality Adds Hotel Arista, Chicago to Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotel Portfolio
Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, recently announced the addition of Hotel Arista, one of Chicagoland's leading high-end hotels, to its Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels collection. Read more about it here.
House and Senate adjourn from spring session
The House adjourned from its Spring Session at around 7:50 PM and the Senate adjourned for the day at 10:30 PM on Friday, May 30. The Senate returned at 12:02 AM on Saturday, May 31 and passed the roads and bridges capital bill (HB 3794) then adjourned its Spring Session at about 12:15 AM on Saturday, May 31, 2014. When a bill passes both houses, the chamber of origin has thirty days to prepare and present it to the Governor (enrolled form.) Once the Governor has received a bill, he has sixty days to act on it by approving it or vetoing it.
Bills to Note
Budget: HB 6060 (FY 14 supplemental & FY 15,) HB 6093 (education,) HB 6094 (higher education,) HB 6095 & 6096 (various agencies,) and HB 6097 (GA, Officers & various agencies;)
General Obligation (GO) Bond: SB 3224;
Budget Implementation (BIMP): SB 220;
Capital Projects: HB 3793 –capital projects for schools, water projects, (and $ to specific agency for back pay & $ to Chicago teacher pensions) & HB 3794 - capital bill which provides $1.1 billion to shovel ready road and bridge repairs.
The adjournment resolution (HJR 104) calls for the return of the House on November 19 or at the call of the Speaker. It calls for the return of the Senate on the same day or at the call of the Senate President. The Governor may call the chambers back for special session if needed. Attached is a file which contains both chambers’ Veto Session calendars.
November 4 – General Election – State Holiday
November 7 – House Perfunctory Session
November 11 – Veteran’s Day – State Holiday
November 19, 20 & 21 – First Week of Veto Session – Both Chambers
November 27 & 28 – Thanksgiving and the day after – State Holiday
December 2, 3 & 4 – Second Week of Veto Session – Both Chambers
Shared leadership can release your staff's hidden potential
by Gary Davis
Deep down we all realize that a group can be smarter than its smartest member. When the engineers at NASA had to figure out a way to save the lives of the Apollo 13 astronauts, they didn’t turn directly to their most savvy engineer. Instead the engineering team assembled in a single room to share ideas.
Finding creative ways to raise non-dues revenue
By Adrian Davis
Each year, the question of whether to renew membership begs a greater question: Does the association I belong to provide me with sufficient value? In order to create the compelling value that members desire, many associations have to generate more funds than what comes through membership dues. Associations turn to sponsors looking for a handout. This sets up a dynamic where the fundraiser feels embarrassed and lacks confidence in the request, and the potential sponsor feels imposed upon and reluctant to give.
5 simple ways to bump up your association's marketing
Marketing your association seems like a huge undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be that complicated. Marketing your association can be as simple as making a few small tweaks to what you’re already doing. Here are a few examples.
5 reasons why social learning matters so much for associations
Associations are, by definition, social organizations. They exist to connect people with common aims and interests. But the value of connection isn’t in paying your money and getting added to the membership roll. The value is in the knowledge that can be gained through sharing experiences and resources with others in the association’s network. This is social learning, and excellence in facilitating it is at the core of the value associations offer.
The evolution of association membership models
Membership Marketing Blog
What an increasing number of organizations are doing is re-packaging their traditional membership offering to appeal to new market segments and to adjust to new business realities. They are encouraging the market to drive their membership product instead of their bylaws.
A peek into some of the latest association sponsorship trends
More associations are reporting increased revenue from sponsorships. But the news that nearly 40 percent more associations saw an increase in this type of revenue in 2013 compared to 2011 was not terribly surprising to sponsorship expert Pamela Strother, a principal at Sponsorship Specialists. After the recession, when many associations saw membership dues and meetings revenue drop, it became increasingly imperative for them to diversify and develop more customized and well-crafted sponsorship programs, she said. And as the IEG study demonstrates, “more and more associations are getting serious about that.”
Getting personal: Why your association needs to do it for members
Structured and robust online planning/strategy development needs to focus on increasing online engagement and forging much stronger relationships with your members. Your online personalized content should help in your journey to convert passive members to engaged advocates, online and offline, who are more likely to vote in officer elections, attend local events and more.
Busting 5 myths about green meetings and events
By Suzanne Mason
What is your association doing to move forward with planning green meetings? You don't have to be a "know-it-all" when it comes to sustainability. The only way to learn is to reach out to others. At the 2014 ASAE Springtime Expo, a panel of experts took the stage to myth-bust a few factors that may discourage meeting planners from creating green meetings. Here is a list of five myth-busting tips when it comes to "going green" at your next event.
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