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September, 2017   

Calendar of Events

September, 2017
25: ISAE Quarterly Meeting


October, 2017
Roundtable Session


November, 2017
CEO & Volunteer Leaders Working Together Symposium


November, 2017
Roundtable Session


November, 2017
ISAE Quarterly Meeting


December, 2017
TBD: Roundtable Session


February, 2018
ISAE Quarterly Meeting


 April, 2018
23: ISAE Quarterly Meeting


SAVE these Dates & Locations for 2017- 2018 Meetings

September 25, 2017 – 
Quarterly Membership Meeting at Holiday Inn- Downtown Mercy Campus

November 20, 2017- 
Quarterly Membership Meeting at Hilton Garden Inn- Urbandale


February 26, 2018- 
Quarterly Membership Meeting at Embassy Suites Des Moines


April 23, 2018- 
Annual Membership Meeting at Sheraton West Des Moines

PLUS Monthly Roundtable Sessions


Watch for Details: 
Information & online registration will be available online soon! 

New ISAE Members 

from August 1- September 15, 2017


Lori Denney
The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center

Michael Flesher
Iowa Medical Society

Les Hofland
AVI Systems

Brett Opdahl
Heart of America Group

Doug Struyk
Carney & Appleby Firm

Kristen Thompson
Iowa State Center

Laurie Traetow
Iowa Dental Association

Kris Winter
M2K Marketing Group


Live Webinars

Self-Paced Online Seminars

  • CAE Credits       
  • Register Online 
  • Earn Credit 24/7
  • Print Certificates

More Information


The 2017/18 Directory
will be distributed at the ISAE Meeting on
September 25, 2017.

If you are attending the meeting, please plan to pick up your copy.


If you are not attending the September meeting and do not receive your copy,
please contact the ISAE office.

Copies will also be available at the November Membership 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
Michelle Hurd, CAE

As we start a new fiscal year, I would like to thank all members for renewing your membership and commitment to ISAE. ISAE just closed the books on an outstanding fiscal year. Last year the association hosted superior programs and enjoyed record attendance. The ISAE staff, board of directors and committees have been hard at work to build on that positive momentum. Members can look forward to another year of top-notch programming that will help strengthen attendance as well as provide opportunities to build key professional relationships. Make sure to mark your calendars and plan to attend the quarterly meetings scheduled for September 25, November 20, February 26, and April 23.

Last year ISAE participated in a community service project by supporting the United Way’s Read to Succeed program. Over the course of several months, ISAE members collected and donated more than 1,100 books. Spurred on by tremendous participation and success, board members were eager to find another worthy cause to support.

ISAE has chosen to join with Best Buddies of Iowa as a philanthropic partner this year. This organization creates one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities around the state of Iowa (

Currently, our ISAE Associate Members have been asked to consider a donation to Best Buddies of Iowa Chef Challenge Silent Auction on October 5th! This is a large fundraising campaign critical to the Best Buddies organization. You can learn more about the Best Buddies of Iowa 2017 Chef Challenge at 

Upcoming Events: 

October 5, 2017
October Roundtable Session
Iowa Grocery Industry Association
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Topic: Workplace Violence- What You Need to Know: From De-escalation to Response

Unfortunately, this is a topic we all need to be aware of in today's society. It is better to be informed and prepared than not to be. Our content expert, Vicky McKim with Aureon will share real-world examples and situations. Attendees will get practical examples and leave with information to implement plans in your workplace. Come share your experiences and any preparations your organizations have made in this area.  REGISTER ONLINE BY: OCTOBER 4, 2017


November 7, 2017
CEO/Volunteer Symposium 2017
Location: Iowa Motor Truck Association
Time: 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM

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.


Presenter: Michael Gallery, PhD, CAE

This exciting program will be facilitated by Michael Gallery, PhD, CAE of Dallas, Texas. He is the founder of Organizational Performance Improvement Systems (OPIS). Dr. Gallery combines 24 years of experience as an association executive with his academic training in human performance technology to bring clients expertise in strategic planning, team building, program evaluation, leadership training, staff and volunteer performance development and group facilitation. Michael has a long history of leadership in the association management profession.  REGISTER ONLINE BY: NOVEMBER 1, 2017


November 9, 2017
November Roundtable Session
Diversified Management Services, Inc.
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Making Less Look More: Create Conference/Event Budgeting

Whether you are planning a party, a conference or anything in between; you have a vision for it but do you know where to find the resources? Come join in on the conversation with our content expert, Kelly Sparks with Socialize who will share lessons and ideas on how to effectively budget for your event and add creativity to your conference. She has extensive knowledge of local vendors that can help bring your event to life and ensure it will leave a lasting impression. You are welcome to bring your ideas to the table to share, as well.  REGISTER ONLINE BY: NOVEMBER 8, 2017

Membership News 

Brenda Neville is gearing up to offer another CAE Study Group for ISAE Members who are interested in studying to take the exam for their Certified Association Executive certification. Watch for more information or check out any updates on our website! 

Membership News  

Thanks to the amazing study group that two of our ISAE members, Darcy Burnett and Jill Olson with the Iowa Bankers Association, put together for the Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) Certification Test, we are announcing our FIRST ISAE Graduates:

Katrina Davis, CMP
Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives


Denise Hoffman, CMP
Association Management, Ltd. 



Article of Interest

Governance Documents: Bylaws –Board of Directors Provisions
By: Bill Boyd, Nyemaster Goode, P.C., Des Moines, IA

This article is the third in a series of articles on governance documents. It is the second article on bylaws and addresses provisions relating to the board of directors of an organization. A previous article addressed members. As previously noted, it is advisable for an organization to periodically review its bylaws to ensure the document contains an accurate description of the governance of the organization as well as take advantage of any provisions that are permissible under the Revised Iowa Nonprofit Corporation Act (“Revised Act”) Read More...

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