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January, 2016

Calendar of Events

19- January Roundtable

17- February Roundtable
29- Quarterly Membership Meeting

30- March Roundtable

14- April Roundtable
25- Annual Meeting


Newsletter Digital Copy HERE

ISAE Newsletter Archive HERE


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

President's Message
Heather Tamminga

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had an opportunity to relax, reflect and renew over the holidays. For me, the holidays were kicked off with the ISAE Holiday Party held December 17. I’d like to thank Brenda Neville, CAE, and the Iowa Motor Truck Association for hosting 48 ISAE members, and Anne Small, Heart of American Group, for providing the wonderful hors' d'oeuvres.
ISAE is ready for 2016, and we want to be sure you are ready too! Education and networking are two of our top member benefits, and the first part of the year provides ample opportunity for both. Be sure to read this issue of the newsletter to learn more about the roundtables scheduled for January, February and March and the quarterly membership meetings scheduled for February and April. Within the first four months, we offer five fantastic opportunities for you to share, collaborate, exchange and grow so you can better serve your members in 2016.

I hope to see you at an ISAE event soon!

Upcoming Events


January 19, 2016
January Roundtable
Time:8:00 AM- 9:00 AM
Location:Association Management, Ltd.,1255 SW Prairie Trail Parkway,Ankeny

Topic: Internal Staff Training and Development
What do you offer to your employees to expand their knowledge of the key functions involved in working for a non-profit association? Where do you find your internal staff training resources? Do you have your staff participate in continuing education programs? Webinars? In-house training?

February 17, 2016
February Roundtable
Time:7:30 AM- 8:45 AM
Location:Iowa Medical Society, 515 E Locust St #400, Des Moines

Topic: Membership Surveys
Do you survey your membership to determine what is important to them? What questions are you asking? How frequently are you issuing surveys? What are your best ideas for getting members to respond to your surveys?

February 29, 2016
Quarterly Membership Meeting/Lunch
Time:11:45 AM- 3:30 PM (*Note pre-meeting events below)
Location:Iowa Events Center, 233 Center Street, Des Moines

Please join us for a networking lunch from 11:45AM- 1:30PM followed by the program until 3:30PM.

Educational Session Topics are listed below.

(*Please note there are two pre-meeting events. See below for details.)

*Attention New Members or other interested Members: You are invited to attend a New Member Orientation from 11:15-11:45AM (same location).

*Attention Associate Members: You are invited to attend an Associate Member Meeting from 10:45-11:45AM (same location).

Educational Program Sessions(please choose one)
1:30PM- 3:30PM

Session Topic:Outstanding Events that Don’t Break the Rules – Limiting Liability at Your Next Event
Dan Horner from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and a representative from the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division

This session will share common pitfalls that planners can run into when designing their events. Learn about the rules surrounding acquisition of social and charitable gaming licenses to ensure that you don’t unwittingly break the rules at your next fund-raiser. Discover where that fine line exists for liquor liability and when your organization may need to acquire a liquor license. These issues and more will be discussed in this informal session where you can find out the answers to the questions you’ve always wanted to ask.

Session Topic:Disaster Strikes! Are You Prepared?
Vicki McKim

What would happen if your office was hit by an EF5 Tornado? What can you do to prepare for a potential disaster? What plans do you have in place for during the situation? And how would you handle the after effects?

March 30, 2016
March Roundtable
Time:12:00 PM- 1:15 AM
Location:Iowa Grocery Industry Association, 2540 106th St # 102, Urbandale

Topic:Attracting Quality Employees and Interns
What are you doing to attract quality, motivated potential employees and interns? Do you use any special resources? Do you use any particular outlets or methods for finding potential employees or interns?

Member News

Membership Survey Winners!
Thanks to those of you who were able to complete our recent Membership and CEO Surveys for the Regular Members.As an incentive to complete the surveys, several of our Associate Members donated items to be given as prizes in a drawing for the survey participants.And the winners are...

Jon Dill, Iowa Motor Truck Association
Cedar Rapids Marriott: One night stay plus two free beverages at the Lounge
Charles (Chuck) McDonald, Iowa Aviation Promotion Group
DoubleTree By Hilton, Cedar Rapids: One night stay at hotel
Patricia Fortune, Iowa Bankers Association
Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel: One night stay at hotel
Denise Hoffman, Association Management, Ltd.
Holiday Inn - Dubuque:One night stay with Breakfast for Two
Jessica Dunker, Iowa Restaurant Association
McGowen Hurst Clark & Smith, P.C.: 50 Gift Card for Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano
John Derner, The American Legion of Iowa
Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel:One Weekend Night Stay in Standard Room
Andrew Goodman Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association
Stoney Creek Hotel- Des Moines:One night stay in a Deluxe Room
Jill Olsen, Iowa Bankers Association
Stoney Creek Hotel- Sioux City: One night in a theme suite, whirlpool & fireplace

Congratulations to the Winners!
Thank you to the Donors for your contribution!

Thanks to Jessica Van Sloten, Iowa Events Center for help with project

Membership News

Joining ISAE over the past 2 months

Please help us welcome them to ISAE and get to know them at our upcoming events!

Emily Dalthorp, Association of Boards of Certification
Ondrea De Cook, Association of Boards of Certification
Scott Fraise, Bridge View Center
Dian Gilmore, American Board of Certification
Sarah Hermanson, Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Ann Thelen, Thelen Public Relations

NEW Member Contest

Join ISAE Now or Sponsor a New MemberWin 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.

Click Here for printable copy of the ISAE New Member Application. Contest runs from October 1, 2015 - April 1, 2016. Winner will be announced at the Annual Meeting in April.

So, think about it....YOU could win some shopping $$'s!

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


Recent Technology Roundtable

ISAE hosted a roundtable session in December on the Top Mobile Apps Association Execs Use.It was well attended and everyone came with a list of their favorite tools to share.We had such a great response and several inquiries for our list of tools from people who were unable to attend the session, that we decided to publish our notes from the meeting.

Click Herefor the List of Apps mentioned at the December Roundtable session.

Click Herefor an article that was shared from Smart Meetings on14 Great Low-Cost Tech Tools for Planners.

Article of Interest

Email Voting by the Board of Directors
By:Bill Boyd, Nyemaster Goode, P.C., Des Moines, IA

With the ease in electronic communication, associations frequently utilize emails to communicate with their board of directors. In addition, it is not uncommon for an association board to vote on matters via email. Although such voting can serve as a simple means for the board to act expediently on matters, there are legal requirements that need to be satisfied. It is also best if boards use email voting only in limited circumstances.Read More...

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