Corn in My Taters and Updated Association Practices

By: Shelly Joines

I remember back when I was about 8 years old, my family did large Thanksgiving celebrations where  everyone would travel across the state to meet.  We would line up several tables to create a buffet, for a fun family feast. Some traditions are time honored ones and some we do for reasons we don’t even know why anymore – yet we still do them. Why is that? Continue reading “Corn in My Taters and Updated Association Practices”

Being Prepared for Holidays and Disasters

By: Beth Evarts

As we approach the holidays,  it is a time of celebration and spending time with family, friends and co-workers.  It is a time of remembrance.

Once we stop, think and realize just what is important to each of us in life, we can plan for success.   The question is, how do we plan to get there and have we planned for the unexpected. Continue reading “Being Prepared for Holidays and Disasters”

The Domestic Endeavor

By: Kristi Spargo

For the past 832 weeks (approximately), I woke up (grudgingly), showered, dressed, drove to the office, and sat at a desk for eight to nine hours before going home. Depending upon the week, I have been content enough that what I was doing had some purpose and provided a steady paycheck. Then the summer of 2014 happened. Not only was I in the process of buying a home, but I randomly received a call from a former employer of mine asking if I might be interested in a position. The tricky part, they were in Florida and I was in Pennsylvania so I would need to work from home. Voila. My life just took a drastically different direction.

When I started telling people that I was going to be working from home, I might as well have told them I won the lottery. Continue reading “The Domestic Endeavor”

Fun with Financials

By: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

Yes, you heard me right – I used financials and fun in the same sentence!

One of the most important aspects in any organization, whether for profit or not-for-profit, is the ability to maintain strong financials.  For “type A” folks like me, just talking about financial statements gives me quite the rush.  However, no matter what your personality type is, it is imperative to fully understand your association’s financials. Continue reading “Fun with Financials”

Meeting Toolbox Essentials

By: Lauren Asbell, CMP

One of my favorite parts of magazines is when they ask people “What’s in your bag?”.  You can gain great tips on beauty products, books, how to pack, etc.

We have a few meeting planners in our office and I always like to take a peek at what they have in their toolbox.  I’ve picked up some great tips from them.  Below are my essentials. Continue reading “Meeting Toolbox Essentials”

I took a Strength Finder Test and This is What I Found Out…

By: Shelly Sobol

I’ve been discussing with my manager lately about really pinpointing my strengths and areas of improvement to really help develop them better. So I set off to take a strength finder test to determine what someone else saw I was excelling at. I thought I could anticipate my strengths… I was more than a little off! Continue reading “I took a Strength Finder Test and This is What I Found Out…”

Precision Policies Can Protect Your Association/Non-Profit

By Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

Let’s face it – if I say policies and procedures, most people will stop reading this blog, another group will yawn or shudder and a few (albeit very few) people get excited.

If you are one of those people who likes details, organization and I heart policyfacts, then this blog is for you.  If you are one of those people that prefers the big picture and doesn’t fancy structure, then this blog is a must read. Below are some things that are extremely important to ensuring that your association has crucial policies in place that will guide your leadership and staff and may help prevent issues with the IRS or other government agencies. Continue reading “Precision Policies Can Protect Your Association/Non-Profit”

Don’t Hound Tech Support

By: Amy Bean Napier

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Tech Assistant Sydney sniffing out the issues

Tech support is an interesting job to have.  No one understands exactly what you do and no one ever needs you until they NEED you and then they want you RIGHT NOW.  And they will keep hounding you until you stop what you are doing and help them!

At Partners, I perform many roles including tech support for our 28 employees.  I manage our server, keep the workstations running efficiently, manage software licenses, set up new equipment … and handle all technology emergencies that come up.  And with an office our size, those “emergencies” come up quite often which means I’m on call all the time! Continue reading “Don’t Hound Tech Support”

The Island of Misfit Newbies

By:  Kim Barclay

When you start a new job or are in a new environment, do you feel like you are a misfit on an island?  When you enter a situation that you don’t know the culture, dynamics, rules or routines; one can feel very isolated.  Most of us have been there and it’s a very uncomfortable place to be.

After I chatted with several co-workers in my office about how frustrating it was to navigate the office when we were first hired; a few of us thought if we came up with a plan for a new hire orientation, that it would assist new employees immensely and make them feel more educated about the office environment.  We presented our idea to ownership and they gave us the opportunity to develop what has become our “buddy” program. Continue reading “The Island of Misfit Newbies”