By: Deborah Caldwell
Imagine this; you have a certification exam planned for next week which has been on the schedule for over a year. The application deadline has passed, confirmation letters have been sent out, and the test administrator/proctor has been arranged. Everything is set. Then you receive a call from one of the candidates stating that they require extended time and need to test in a separate room due to a learning disability. That means reserving additional space and finding another test administrator/proctor. Again, there is less than a week from the exam date… what do you do? Continue reading “ADA Accommodations and You”
By: Beth Evarts
Tallahassee is the capital of the State of Florida. Tallahassee is the 126th largest city in the United States. Tallahassee is known for rolling hills, oak-canopied roads, plantation homes, and genuine Southern hospitality. It also is home to Florida State University, Florida A&M University and, of course, Florida’s Legislature. Continue reading “Tallahassee – An Association Haven”
By Bennett Napier, CAE
One of our association management company’s clients, is a 501 c3 organization, the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology.
The group’s mission is to (http://www.dentallabfoundation.org/) advance the profession of dental laboratory technology by developing educational curriculum and programs that will be relevant and accessible to dental technicians and other members of the dental team. Continue reading “Fundraising; Friendship/Fun and Fear”
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”
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 facts, 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”
By: William Lessley
Recently, I had the opportunity to take a break from work and recharge my batteries by retreating to the woods for the Thanksgiving holiday break. Camping is one of the few times when I can really relax and leave all the work at the office where it belongs. Shortly before the holiday, my in-laws announced they had decided to join my wife and I for our five day, four night camping trip. Five days in the wilderness with my mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law? I started eyeing shovels in the hardware section while my wife, in a low soothing voice, promised me everything would be fine.
Tip: When your best laid plans are suddenly laid to waste, force yourself to physically smile. Think of something happy and relax your face into an open, friendly smile. Continue reading “Navigating Chaos and Button Pushers without Tears”
By: Amy Bean Napier
The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years are always stock full of parties, receptions and other various festivities. For the extroverted people lovers, this is a great time of the year where you get to party and spend time with lots of people and talk, laugh, drink and eat and just have a jolly good time! But for the introverted not-crazy-about-crowds type of people (like myself), it can be pure torture!Disclaimer: No animal was harmed during the making of this blog
So for all those similar minded, introverted, not really into social events, business professionals out there, here are some tips of how to survive and thrive during the upcoming holiday season. Continue reading “Survive and Thrive During the Holiday Season”
By: Shelly Sobol
Since I was a kid, I remember being dressed in Florida State University outfits/colors and would even ask for new FSU stuff for holidays and birthdays. Even though I grew up seven hours south of Tallahassee, the Seminoles were always my favorite team.
Fast forward to 2003 and my freshman year at college. I went to every single home game… but it wasn’t always about the football. Yes, I loved the exciting plays and yelling about bad calls. But outside of that, the reasons I went every week, and the reason I have hardly missed a home game in the 11 years I’ve lived in Tallahassee is for 3 reasons (in no priority order). Continue reading “Once a Nole, Always a Nole: How to Retain Members”
By: Bennett Napier, CAE
Travel – If you have to do it, make it work for you.
Depending on your role with a nonprofit association, and its scope, you may be called upon to travel some or a lot. I fall in the “a lot” category and I am one of those people who actually like it.
For me, the love and desire to travel likely came from my maternal grandmother. From the time I was very young through my senior year in high school when she passed away, she traveled domestically and internationally quite frequently. She hit every corner of the globe, sometimes more than once; going to several places that most people her age would have avoided just on sheer fear of the unknown. Continue reading “Association Road Warrior: Top 5 Travel Tips”
By: Caroline Thomas
Cancer. We are made aware of it all the time in our personal lives, in the news, and on the web. I have to admit cancer is a scary word, but what does it technically mean? Merriam-Webster dictionary defines cancer as “a serious disease caused by cells that are not normal and that can spread to one or many parts of the body”. How are we supposed to take this technical definition and transform it into reality, mold it into our daily lives, and morph into something we can all understand and cope with? The technical definition is a good place to start when with approaching the subject of cancer, but is it what will help win the battle? The key to helping fight against cancer is to find a way to make a purpose. Continue reading “Turning Lemons into Pink Lemonade”