My “Organized” Messy Life

By: Lauren Asbell

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Thank you to the anonymous friend who let me photograph her office, I will start organizing it tomorrow.

My mom would be the first to tell you that she never thought I would write a blog about organizing.  She loves to tell the story about cleaning my room when I was 5 and finding a half-eaten apple in the bottom of my toy box.  Yes, I was a messy child and it only got worse when I was a teenager.  My parents would bribe, threaten, and ground me just to get me to clean my room.

As an adult, I think I’ve gotten better.  Though there are still areas of my life that are not organized.  My friends often threaten to not only power wash the outside of my car, but also the inside.  Though my answer to that is if the zombie apocalypse ever happens we would survive in my car.  Of course, that’s a blog for another time. Continue reading “My “Organized” Messy Life”

Freedom Isn’t Free

By: Amy Bean Napier

In June 1944, the world was a different place.  Young men were getting ready to hit the beaches of Normandy, France (http://about-france.com/regions/normandy.htm) to fight and protect the world from Hitler’s domination.  These soldiers were 18, 19, 20 years old and were leaving their parents, wives, children, friends and family behind to head off to another country to fight the biggest evil ever known to man.

6.14.141On the early morning of June 6, 1944, U.S. troops stormed Omaha Beach, a six mile stretch of beach that was backed by a seawall 10 feet high and overlooked by cliffs that were almost 100 feet high.  Many soldiers drowned during the approach from ships offshore or were instantly killed as they neared the shoreline by German troops that were defending the beaches.  But many more trudged forward in the pursuit of freedom. Continue reading “Freedom Isn’t Free”

THE OLD BALL AND CHAIN: Tips for a Healthy Marriage or Association

By: Rachel Luoma

In April, my husband, Erik and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary.  It has been a wonderful seven years! I have a lovely home, two beautiful children and at least 30 extra pounds to show for it!  As I think back on our years of wedded bliss, it makes me think of the parallels between association management and marriage.

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Partners’ Partners

By: Amy Bean Napier

At Partners, we work with many professional vendors and service providers that help us to better serve our clients and customers.  These companies and individuals go above and beyond to ensure that we are successful in all ventures we tackle for the company and clients.  We are really pleased to have Blake Dowling from Aegis Business Technologies be the first in a series of vendor interviews highlighting the products and services they help bring to our company.  Continue reading “Partners’ Partners”

I’ll Be There for You – 5 Things FRIENDS Taught Us About Association Management

By Lauren Millard

My all-time favorite show is “FRIENDS”.  It does not matter how many times I watch it, it always makes me laugh.  I quote it on a regular basis causing myself to crack up laughing.  What I didn’t know, was that reflecting on past episodes of “FRIENDS” would completely relate to association management and careers in general.  Stick with me while I go through the 5 things this classic sitcom taught me.

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How to Help Your Client Have a Successful Fundraising Event

By: Kasey Patton

You’ve heard the cliché ‘another day, another dollar’.

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In the world of non-profit associations, much of the money coming in comes from fundraising, and specifically fundraising events. So how can you insure your client has a successful fundraising event? After working in fundraising and event planning for non-profits for several years I’ve found a few tips that will help ensure that they event is a hit. Continue reading “How to Help Your Client Have a Successful Fundraising Event”