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A note from ISAE Board President Molly Hall
The elections are over and we will all enjoy a collective break from campaign advertising! A synopsis of the results for Illinois is included in this newsletter. It’s but one example of how Randy Witter and our Legislative Committee serve both association members and industry partners.
This newsletter with its new format and expanded content is another example of the work ISAE staff and committees do on your behalf. The Communications Committee and staff researched and recommended the change, and I’ve heard only positive feedback from members.
2014 has been a very good year for ISAE and its members. I’m proud of the excellent education programs and networking opportunities, a wonderful Summer Session which drew more than 100, a summer board strategic planning session, new professional development options via webinar – and these are just a few of the highlights.
We’ve learned from trying new approaches and have talked with many members, getting feedback and hearing what’s important to you. And your hard working staff and board members have implemented, or are taking steps on a number of initiatives to serve everyone better.
I encourage you to attend the November luncheon for our Annual Business Meeting, where you’ll hear more from committees, board members and staff. We’ll also hold ISAE elections for the coming year.
As we head toward the holidays and a time of thanksgiving, I count you - my many friends and colleagues at ISAE - among the things for which I’m grateful!
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ISAE November Round Table: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Oh My. – November 12 at the ISAE Office. Click here to view more details.
ISAE November Annual Business Meeting & Luncheon: Monday, November 24 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
At the 2014 Annual Business Meeting, ISAE will hear from all Committee Chairs and Executive Director, Amy Cheatham. In addition, members will vote on the 2015 Slate of Officers and Directors. During the networking portion of the luncheon, ISAE will put together "Baskets of Bounty" for local families in need to ensure they have a Thanksgiving Dinner this year! We have increased the luncheon price by $5 to purchase one Basket of Bounty per luncheon attendee. We hope you will join us in helping out those in need in our community. The baskets will be put together during the networking time, 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. *If you would like to contribute more to the Baskets of Bounty program you can do so when registering.
After the luncheon, go to the Museum to experience the new exhibit, Undying Words: Lincoln 1858 - 1865. See more details on the agenda or register now.
During the Annual Business Meeting, the following slate for the 2015 Board of
Directors will be voted on by ISAE Members. Click here to view slate.
Registration is now open for the ISAE 2015 Annual Convention and Trade Show, Thursday, January 22 at the Hilton Springfield. Register today, exhibit, sponsor, advertise!
ORDER NOW your 2015-2016 ISAE Legislative Directories
Save the date for the ISAE Holiday Open House, Wednesday, December 3. Formal invitation to follow.
ISAE December Round Table: Conference Apps – December 11 at the ISAE Office. Click here to view more details.
ISAE would like to extend a welcome to our newest members:
Lyndee Fein, Illinois Association of REALTORS
The latest issue of ASAE Inroads is out. The topics included in this edition are:
Lawmakers discussing post-election extenders deal
Tough filing season ahead, IRS commissioner says
Ryan says GOP will push Obama on spending cuts
ASAE panel discusses meetings issue Read the entire issue of ASAE Inroads here.
General Election preliminary overview
Senator Richard Durbin (D) was easily re-elected to the United State Senate, but with Republicans taking the majority, he will no longer be the Senate Majority Whip.
The Illinois Delegation will gain two Republican seats with Robert Dold (R) defeating Democratic incumbent Brad Schneider (D) in the 10th Congressional District and Mike Bost (R) defeating incumbent Bill Enyart (D) in the 12th Congressional District. The current composition of the Illinois delegation will be comprised of 10 Democrats and 8 Republicans.
Governor and Other Constitutional Officers
With 99.54% of the precincts reporting, Republican Bruce Rauner appears to have won the Illinois Gubernatorial race by defeating Governor Pat Quinn 50.73% to 45.89%. However, Governor Quinn has refused to concede until all votes are counted.
Incumbents Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D), Secretary of State Jesse White (D) and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka (R) all won re-election. The race for State Treasurer between State Senator Mike Frerichs (D) and former House Republican Minority Leader Tom Cross is too close to call. Cross currently is leading by a few thousand votes.
Illinois General Assembly
Illinois State Senate:
19 of 59 Senate seats were up for election and only 7 of the 19 seats were contested in the General Election.
Republicans have gained one seat in the Illinois Senate with the defeat of Senator Mike Jacobs (D-36, East Moline) by Neil Anderson a firefighter and paramedic in the Moline Fire Department. He will join Senator Chris Nybo (R-24, Elmhurst) who was appointed to replace Senator Kirk Dillard (R) as two newly elected faces in the Senate. While the Senate Democratic caucus will be reduced from 40 to 39 seats, they will still have a veto proof majority.
Illinois State House:
All 118 House seats were up for election and 70 seats had no opposition (42 Democratic and 28 Republican). At this point, out of the 48 contested races no Democratic incumbents lost their seat. While there are one or two seats that may be contested, it appears Speaker Madigan has successfully retained his 71-47 edge over Republicans and maintained his veto proof majority in the House. There will be at least 20 “new faces” elected to serve in the House in the 99th General Assembly. We are currently preparing a more detailed list of the winners in the House and Senate.
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The tech your association needs
The world is changing, your membership is changing and your association needs to make some changes too. Technology is not something limited to a single department anymore, it’s playing an important role in every member’s life. Tapping into the technology that members use will help you better connect, recruit and retain members. You’ve probably heard this before, but social media and mobile marketing are must-have association tools. These are low-hanging fruit that many associations still need to catch up on.
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How does your association live its mission? Does a strong mission focus lead to better membership performance? The success of mission-driven companies like Chipotle show how associations can transform their missions from mere marketing slogans into membership drivers.
5 things you need before launching an online-only membership option
Companies have been employing online-only memberships for years now. Is it time for your association to embrace an online-only membership option? If you’re considering it, you’ll need these five things first.
Technology truths for meetings and events
American Express Global Business and Travel surveyed 336 meeting planners and 161 meeting and event attendees to learn more about the evolving landscape of technology in meetings. Overall, the survey found smartphones and wireless data/streaming video have had the most influence on the meetings industry. In fact, according to the study, 77 percent of smartphone holders use their phones “always” or “often” for business during a meeting or conference. And almost all attendees have computers, which makes virtual attendance a breeze. While virtual meetings are becoming more popular, they’re still far less common than on-the-ground events, the study found.
Vital legal considerations for nonprofits developing a mobile app
Mobile applications or "apps" are everywhere. Mobile devices are outselling personal computers, and an increasing percentage of internet access is made through mobile devices. These developments have driven the rapidly growing usage of apps. It has, therefore, become increasingly important for nonprofit organizations to invest in and develop mobile apps. Because mobile apps are essentially just a specific type of software, app development presents many of the same challenges involved in a traditional software development project. However, there are some pronounced and unique intellectual property, ownership, privacy, data security, and advertising considerations that every nonprofit should keep in mind when developing a mobile app.
Open the lines of connection with members
The Demand Networks
Our worlds have become complicated and cluttered with “intermediaries” — elaborate bureaucracies, regulations, policies, endless meetings, and a frenzied schedule of trips and activities. This aimless “business” and process and information overload that have become our sense of normalcy occur at the expense of relationships. There is no space or motivation for the authentic moments of connection. Eliminating everything that obscures your direct line of vision of and relationship with the customer increases satisfaction and engagement of both employees and customers.
All about the results? What nonprofits should measure and why
By William D. Pawlucy
Performance excellence in a nonprofit cannot occur without performance measures. After the strategic plan is formed, a set of goals and strategies are outlined along with tactics, and hopefully a tie to the organization's budget. But are performance measures also identified? Without performance measures, organizations operate in a vacuum, not knowing their competitive position. There are five key areas of measurement that should be monitored by nonprofit organizations.
Boards aren't as global as their businesses
Harvard Business Review Blog Network
There’s a growing consensus that companies need strong, independent boards full of qualified directors if they are to sidestep risks and seize opportunities in our complex and dynamic international economy. Being generally “impressive” is no longer enough—investors and corporate watchdogs expect a well-defined rationale for each appointment, an articulation of how the board member will provide meaningful oversight and counsel on critical issues.
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