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2013 MASAE award recipients showcased leadership
and charitable accomplishments

The recipients of the 2013 MASAE Awards, presented at the Annual Conference on December 5 in Atlantic City, emphasized the involvement MASAE members have in their communities and in meeting leadership challenges for their organizations.

The 2013 Positive Impact Award is presented to organizations that utilize original thinking to successfully implement a project/activity and produced a positive impact on the organization, its membership, and/or its vital communities. The 2013 award was presented to the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police for an innovative program to re-engage their senior leaders in the association and their profession.

The Points of Light Award is designed to honor a MASAE member or association that has demonstrated a commitment to their community and the needs of others. The 2013 award was presented to Phillip Russo, CAE, executive director of NAFA, the Fleet Management Association, on behalf of NAFA.

The Distinguished Service Award is presented to an active member of MASAE who has served as a volunteer leader, works in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner, and puts their own agenda aside to work for the benefit of MASAE members. The 2013 Award was presented to Victoria Elliott.

In addition to these three prestigious awards, MASAE Scholarships were presented to Rhona Bronson, 2013 Conference Scholarship sponsored by Bower Management Services and to Ryan Rosenbaum, 2013 CAE Scholarship winner.

Many of our associations and their leaders are engaged in community activities and MASAE supports these efforts. Attendees to the 2013 conference brought supplies and donations for the Rescue Mission of Atlantic City this year. MASAE will continue to support local charities in conjunction with our conference each year.

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Calendar of Events
Date Event
Jan. 29 CEO Round Tables
CEO Confessions: I Messed Up…You Don’t Have To! Memoirs from and Association CEO
Sign of the Financial Times – How’s Your Financial Management Acumen?
February Breakfast Club
March Membership Half-Day Session
April Breakfast Club
June Mid-Year Meeting
Stay on the Tech Track…Ideas to Keep You Moving Ahead plus Networking Reception
September Half-Day Certification CAE and CMP Overviews
Association Management 101 & Introduction to the Certified Association Executive
Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Introduction and Overview
October Breakfast Club
Dec. 3-4 MASAE 5th Annual Conference & Exhibition
Golden Nugget, Atlantic City

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The elusiveness of good governance
By John T. Dinner
The achievement of good governance is elusive due to challenges that typically confront and often confound boards of directors. These challenges tend to be somewhat common across organizations and typically relate to difficulties with sharing power, delegating authority and group decision-making. These issues, in turn, are most often related directly to the extent to which trust and confidence exists between the various boardroom players.
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How to turn around member/customer relationships: Not just another project
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Your membership is declining, still imperceptibly but steadily enough to acknowledge the downward trend. You are determined to act fast and do something completely different this time because you can't get to a new place with the same old methods. Sounds good, right? Yet something we call the "cult of the quick finish" — a rigid, product-driven mentality — keeps most associations stuck at the same spot, just treading water.
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4 nonprofit board responsibilities that may surprise you
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Being a board member is an important job and a pretty big deal. Increasing lawsuits against nonprofit organizations put volunteer boards and the organizations they are serving at risk. Every responsible nonprofit should annually be providing their board with the proper education about their legal responsibilities and tools necessary to do the job. This will empower your volunteer leaders to run your organization to its fullest potential. It will also demonstrate your organization's interest in managing your constituents' financial resources with trust and transparency.
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MASAE Thanks Our Supplier Partners

How to tell if a freemium model will work for you
The freemium business model (a combo of the words "free" and "premium") basically offers your core product or service for free. The hope is that people will love the free version so much, they'll be willing to pay for upgrades or additional features down the road. Here are three questions to ask if you're thinking of offering a freemium option to your customers.
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Why mission comes before membership
Associations Now
One association executive implores associations to restore volunteerism and mission as their primary pursuits and to remember that membership is merely a means to an end. He argues the future of associations rests exactly where it began, with the one quality that makes associations different from any other type of business: Their nature as voluntary organizations, formed by and for people with common interests and shared goals.
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Articulate leadership no guarantee for effective organizational communication
By Mike Wokasch
As a society, we admire, applaud and follow articulate people who help us understand, who inspire us and who project a future of possibilities that sound better than what we have today. This skill is essential for helping a group or organization identify "what could be" while aligning people and their beliefs to work toward a common goal. Articulate leaders can also verbally resolve differences, dispel untruths and keep the naysayer at bay. So why do they sometimes struggle to get anything done?
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What the future holds for the association workplace
Mobile and digital technologies have changed the way we work. Think about how often you rely upon cloud-hosted apps or software, social media, online communities, Skype and Web conferencing platforms, collaboration tools or your association’s digital technology while you’re at work. As Millennials enter the workforce, more and more of your colleagues (and perhaps you too) are people who grew up with these new ways of communicating, collaborating and learning. The tech firm Ericsson calls this the "Networked Society." In their report, "Next Generation Working Life: From Workplace to Exchange Space," Ericsson identified eight trends that are shaping our future life at work.
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5 key elements of a successful talent development program
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