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Calendar of Events


10- September Roundtable
28- Quarterly Meeting

15- October Roundtable
15- YAP Volunteers- World Food Prize

4- November Roundtable
19- CEO/Volunteer Symposium
23- Quarterly Meeting

17- Holiday Party


Iowa Society for Association Executives
100 Court Ave, Ste. 203
Des Moines, IA 50309

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ISAE Newsletter Archive HERE

President's Message

Heather Tamminga, CAE

“We don’t know all the answers. If we knew all the answers we’d be bored, wouldn’t we? We keep looking, searching, trying to get more knowledge.” Jack LaLanne


Seventeen years into my career, I recently realized I don’t know more than I did when I first started. I know different things and I’ve learned some hard-won lessons, but I’m not wiser in all the ways I thought I would be at this point.

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Membership News

NEW Member Contest

Join ISAE Now or Sponsor a New Member -
Win a $50 Pre-Paid VISA Card

A win-win for everyone! Both the sponsor's name and the new member's name will be entered into the drawing.

Content Guidelines: (Must be a minimum of five new members submitted for the drawing to be held)

-Every member who sponsors a new ISAE member will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Pre-Paid VISA Card.
-Your name will be entered for each member you sponsor (make sure your new member adds your name as their sponsor when theyjoin online).
-The name of the new member will also be entered into the drawing.
-The potential new member cannot have been a member for the past two years.

Contest runs from October 1, 2015 - April 1, 2016. Winner will be announced at theAnnual Meeting in April.

So, thank about it....YOU could have a one if five change of WINNING!

Contact the ISAE office at or Lynn Harkin or Deb Grooms for more information. 

New STUDENT Membership category


The ISAE Board has approved the addition of a new membership category for students.This would apply to any students from the local colleges and universities who might be interested in joining ISAE. They may be enrolled in programs such as Hospitality Management, Marketing, Management, etc. If you know of a student or have an intern that you would like to send or sponsor, please forward this information to them or sign them up on the ISAE website.

The membership rate to join is $25 for the year and the quarterly meeting fee will be greatly reduced to $15 per meeting. As members, they would also be allowed to attend the Roundtable Sessions for free!

The membership category will be added to the ISAE website this month. If you have any questions prior to that time, please contact the ISAE office at


Quarterly Membership & Annual Meetings


REGISTER: If you haven't already registered for the upcoming Quarterly Meeting on September 28th, please do so by 9/23/15!

NEW MEMBERS: Please join us for the New Member Orientation from 11:15 am - 11:45 am, prior to the luncheon.

This year's quarterly meetings and programs have been set.Please check out the ISAE Calendar and feel free to register early.

Dates & Locations- mark your calendar:

  • Monday, September 28, 2015 at Holiday Inn Downtown at Mercy Campus
  • Monday, November 23, 2015 at Airport Holiday Inn & Conference Center
  • Monday, February 29, 2016 at Iowa Events Center
  • Monday, April 25, 2016 at Prairie Meadows Conference Center

CLICK HERE to register or see more information on the terrific topics and speakers for each meeting.

Upcoming Roundtable Sessions 

Registration currently open online!


September 10, 2015
Time: 7:30 – 8:45 AM
Location: Iowa Communications Alliance Office
Topic: Engaging Regular and Associate Members – Sharing Best Practices

October 15, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Location: DMS Office
Topic: Ask the Attorney - featuring Bill Boyd

November 4, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Location: Iowa Bankers Association Office
Topic: Meeting Successes and Mistakes: What I Have Learned – Sharing Best Practice

CEO/Volunteer Symposium 
Thursday November 19, 2015


8:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Where: Iowa Soybean Association Office
1255 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny, Iowa  50023

Presenter:  Michael Gallery, PhD, CAE  

Any association executive knows the secret to getting things done in associations is working effectively with the volunteer leaders. ISAE will be offering a one day program aimed at providing association executives the opportunity to bring their chief elected officers together to learn how to work together to accomplish the goals of the association.

The program is designed to give you the tools to set priorities for your association and to determine how best to work together in a strong volunteer-staff partnership.

ISAE members are encouraged to have a Board member attend this opportunity with them, but having a Board member attend the meeting is not required for registration. Talk to your Board members now and get this great opportunity on their calendars now.


Member News

Congratulations to the two new CAE's in ISAE!

Megan Baker, CAE
Director of Operations
Association of Boards of Certification

Jessica Dunker, CAE
President and CEO
Iowa Restaurant Association

We are proud of both of them and all their hard work to accomplish this goal!

Interested in joining a CAE Study Group?

Contact Brenda Neville, CAE

ISAE will once again be hosting the CAE study group thanks to the effort of Brenda Neville at the Iowa Motor Truck Association. The first class is scheduled for September 16, 2015 in preparation for the December CAE Exam!!!!

Visit the ISAE Website for details and dates!

Paul Bishop to serve on ASAE Committee

ISAE Member, Paul Bishop with Association of Boards of Certification has been asked to serve on the CAE Professional Conduct Committee for the coming year (FY16).

Congratulations, Paul!

Group Updates

ISAE Young Association Professionals (YAP)

The ISAE YAP Committee is asking all ISAE young professionals to come together for a great community service project this fall!

Every year in October downtown Des Moines is home to the symposium for the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of those who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. It is with the help of many volunteers that the World Food Prize is able to host these events to honor those who have worked toward the importance of nutritious and sustainable food supplies for all people.

For young professional exclusive volunteer opportunities for the main event on Thursday, October 15, please visit:

For additional volunteer opportunities during the week of World Food Prize, please visit:

Feel free to reach out to Randi Malone at Diversified Management Services at 515-868-0400 with any questions.

If you wish to keep in touch with the activities for this group, make sure to add the YAP group to your profile by clicking on "Groups" link under "Manage Profile" on the ISAE website. Simply choose to join this group under Group Permissions then the"Membership Groups" link. This will give you access to the calendar of events, blogs and forums associated with YAP.

Article of Interest

Pay It Forward Scholarship Program

The Iowa Society of Association Executives is proud to partner with Institute for Organization Management, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s professional development program for non-profit executives, and offer two $500 partial tuition scholarships to one of Institute’s 2016 sites.


The two scholarships, available to our members, will be awarded to students attending Institute for the first time to assist with enrollment fees and cannot be combined with any other Institute scholarships. Learn More




 By Gordon Fischer, JD, CAP 

 Gordon Fischer Law Firm, P.C.


You most valuable asset? Most would say, home.

Could your home benefit your favorite charity? Yes, and under a life estate, you can give away your house, keep the keys, and get a current tax deduction.

Under a retained life estate, the donor irrevocably deeds a personal residence or farm to charity, but retains the right to live in it for the rest of her life, a term of years, or a combination of the two. The term is most commonly measured by the life of the donor, or of the donor and the donor’s spouse.

When the term ends, typically when the last of one or more tenants dies, the charity can either keep the property for its own use, or sell the property and use the proceeds as designated by the donor.

Keep in mind that the donor’s personal residence doesn’t have to be the donor’s primary residence. It can be a vacation home, or any other structure the donor uses as a residence. A farm can include raw farm land, as well as farmland with buildings on it.

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