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Check out the NEW SUMMER SESSION Sponsor Packages!
We have some very, very fun sponsor packages that get you involved in our events and offer new special marketing opportunities!
Like… would you like your organization to be featured in an exclusive article in the ISAE Newsletter?
✔ How about a feature on the ISAE home page website?
Seriously, check these sponsor packages out and register before they are all SOLD!
✔ It sure would be neat to have that ticket to give to everyone for a specialty drink at the trade show reception.
✔ How about your logo on the welcome bag that after Summer Session everyone is going to use when they go grocery shopping and people in the grocery stores across the state of Illinois will notice!
Follow this link for details and registration
See YOU in PEORIA!!!
Don't Forget to Register for the June 20th Rountable
It's Not About the Napkins
Committees are the work engines of the association. They are responsible for fulfilling the mission and objectives defined by the Board of Directors. They move the association forward. Or, do they?
Sadly, committees are more inclined to haggle over the color of the napkins rather than plan for the next generation of members.
There are lots of reasons why short-sighted thinking trumps long-term planning, and ways to refocus your members. Bring your bad stories and best practices and we will discuss ways to keep your committees on track.
We learn from one another, so bring your best tips and tricks to this round table facilitated by Dana Saal, CAE, CMP, Saal Meeting Consulting.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
3rd floor Board Room
206 S. 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Feel free to bring your lunch.
Legislative Agenda Summaries – Illinois Society of Association Executives (ISAE)
As of January 1, 2018, every individual who is a lobbyist and every association that contracts with a lobbyist must have a sexual harassment policy that includes specific elements, some of which may not already be in the association’s sexual harassment policy.
Every impacted association must have a policy that includes the following:
House Bill 4246 (Rep. McSweeney R-52, Cary) bans the use of public funds to attend conventions, House Bill 4247 (Rep. McSweeney R-52, Cary) bans the use of public funds for sponsorships or booth exhibits at conventions, and House Bill 4248 (Rep. McSweeney R-52, Cary) combined the two proposals. The only proposal that obtained bipartisan support is House Bill 4247, which bans the use of public funds for sponsorships or booth exhibits at conventions; however, the sponsor eventually filed amendment language to exempt booths or sponsorships involving tourism or economic development before the bill stalled in the House.
- Prohibits sexual harassment;
- Details how an individual can report;
- Includes specific options for making confidential reports;
- Prohibits retaliation for reporting;
- Whistleblower protections;
- Consequences for sexual harassment; and
- Consequences for making a false report Prohibiting the Use of Public Funds at Conventions
House Bill 5479 (Rep. Dan Burke D-1, Chicago) establishes a grading system for entities incorporated under the Illinois General Not For Profit Corporation Act. The grading system methodology is meant for the evaluation of an entity’s performance with respect to the use of money received as donations and as grants from taxpayer sources, in particular, the amount of money used on administrative costs. Provides that corporations failing to meet a minimum score shall be deemed ineligible for grants made available through the expenditure of state funds. The legislation was assigned to the State Government Administration Committee, but did not pass move any further.
Personal Information Protection Act
Many ISAE members are subject to the Illinois Personal Information Protection Act as a result of maintaining personal information of their association membership, including log-in and password information for an online account. Among other things, the Act mandates specific responses from the association when there is a data breach.
Two competing pieces of legislation specify the period that an association would have to notify Illinois residents of a data breach. Rather than requiring notification in the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay, which is the current law, House Bill 4174 (Rep. B. Wheeler R-64, Crystal Lake) requires notification within 48 hours and House Bill 4367 (Rep. B.Wheeler R-64, Crystal Lake) requires notification within 14 days after discovery of the breach. Neither bill was assigned to a substantive committee for a hearing, but privacy issues will continue to receive legislative attention.
House Bill 4757 (Rep. Williams D-11, Chicago; Sen. Bennett D-52, Champaign) and Senate Bill 2899 (Sen. Haine D-56, Alton; Rep. Hoffman D-113, Belleville) initially mandated full funding for the Tourism Promotion Fund and use of the Local Tourism Fund for local tourism and convention bureaus. Following amendments to HB 4757, the legislation was modified with regard to a grant program for local tourism and convention bureaus by authorizing the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to reserve up to 3% of total local tourism funds available for costs of administering the program to conduct audits of grants or conduct promotional activities. HB 4757 passed both chambers and is expected to be approved by the Governor.
Senate Bill 2528 (Sen. Murphy D-28, Des Plaines; Rep. Mussman R-56, Schaumburg) and House Bill 4990 (Rep. Crespo D-44, Streamwood; Sen. Murphy D-28, Des Plaines) make Tourism Promotion Fund money available for prior and future contracts regarding local government convention centers through June 2022. SB 2528 stalled in the House, but HB 4990 passed both chambers and is expected to be approved by the Governor.
For members that utilize amenities or host events in DuPage County, Senate Bill 2483 (Sen. T.Cullerton D-23, Villa Park; Rep. Olsen R-81, Downers Grove) provides that not less than 75% of a DuPage County municipality’s hotel tax shall be used to promote tourism within that municipality. The legislation moved through the Senate with bipartisan support, but stalled in the House chamber.
Open Meetings Act & Freedom of Information Act
Late in the legislative session, Senate Amendment 1 was filed on Senate Bill 36 (Sen. Tom Cullerton D-23, Villa Park). The amendment adds certain entities to the Open Meetings Act, including for-profit and not-for profit tourism organizations that receive public funds as well as convention or civic center boards located in any county (rather than in counties that are contiguous to the Mississippi River with populations of more than 250,000 but less than 300,000). If the amendment is approved, the legislation would make similar changes concerning for-profit and not-for-profit tourism boards or organizations in the Freedom of Information Act. SB 36, Senate Amendment 1 further requires all not-for profit tourism organizations to create a website, and requires any not-for-profit tourism organization receiving public funds to disclose all expenses and employee salary information on its website. The amendment was not approved before the end of session and the legislation did not move any further.
ISAE would like to welcome our newest members:
Grant Aikin, Marriott Chicago Northwest
Jason Weiner, Hiltons of Chicago
Smooth the Path
When members meet each other, they like each other and this is excellent news for associations. You have a bunch of people in your membership who are inclined to become great friends, but somehow that initial contact has to be forged. Networking is awkward; sitting next to someone in a session is fleeting; lunch is all about small talk. So how do you help everyone who wants to meet someone they can start down the road to a meaningful relationship?
Who do you consider to be your members? That seems like an easy question: “Anyone whose dues are current,” right? But if you dig a little deeper, it quickly gets a lot more complicated.
By Bob Harris and Ben Graybar
I was privileged to co-author an article titled, "Disappointing the executive director," with Maile Ilac Boeder in March. The article addressed the issue of board overreach and micromanagement. In response, my colleague Ben Graybar, a commercial banker and board member, offers his insights regarding dilemmas sometimes facing executive directors (ED). From the board wanting to fire the executive to staff attending meetings, he shares his experiences on nonprofit boards.
The reason associations pay little attention to political risk is that many fall directly into the “turkey problem,” imagining the future will look much like the past. For 364 days, the turkey lives in luxury: fed every day, surrounded by friends. He struts like a king through the yard, and expends little energy to fulfill his own wants and needs. He expects the 365th day to progress much the same…but soon realizes that Thanksgiving Day will diverge greatly from his expectations.
By Molly Marsh
As association meeting professionals, we know that for real learning to occur at our conferences participants must be active contributors to the educational experience. It’s a core principle of adult learning theory, right? But when you leave "time" in the agenda for discussion, reflection or group work, so much can go wrong. How do you ensure there’s enough to discuss, but not too much? Sometimes creating a dynamic learning environment simply seems like leaving too much up to chance.
Having an app strictly dedicated to your association’s events helps to build up event attendance, engagement and overall experience for your members. But how do you create an event app that provides benefit to both your association and its members, event attendees and overall audience?
Speakers are an essential element that can take an event from ordinary to extraordinary. They’re crucial to setting the tone of the event, attracting attendees and educating their audience. Speakers go as far as influencing the entire direction of an event, so choosing the right ones is not to be taken lightly. Narrowing down your speaker choices can be tricky, so we’ve highlighted five important things to consider.
It seems as though you cannot throw a proverbial rock without hitting a figurative podcast; everybody seems to have one. Everyone from comedians to movie buffs and, yes, associations are trying their hand at podcasting. An association’s podcast is a communication, marketing and membership development activity, and as a result, many departments in your organization should have input.
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