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March, 2016

Calendar of Events

30- March Roundtable

14- April Roundtable
25- Annual Meeting

04- May Roundtable


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

And the Survey Says…

Thank you to all of the ISAE members who completed the ISAE CEO and Association Staff Surveys in December. The feedback from these surveys are fueling our Board discussion: what’s on the horizon for ISAE?

Below are some of the key discoveries from the survey. As you review, please note Association Staff refers to non-CEO positions.

Of those ISAE members who completed the surveys:
CLICK HERE to read the rest of the article.
Summary of the CEO Survey
Summary of the Membership Survey

What are your thoughts? Please take a look at the CEO Survey and Association Staff Survey and share your ideas, solutions and offer to help with any ISAE Board member.

I’d like to thank Mark Gavin and Amy Spike for creating, administrating and summarizing this survey data.

I’d also like to thank Jessica Reinert, CAE, IOM, and the Young Association Professionals committee for their dedication and laying the groundwork for the committee over the past year. Watch your Inbox as the YAP committee will be hosting their first roundtable in May, and a community service project in the next few months.

Finally, I am reminded that my tenure as ISAE President is nearing its end. Thank you for this honor and allowing me an opportunity to serve ISAE.

Upcoming Events

March 30, 2016
March Roundtable
Time:12:00 PM- 1:15 PM(Bring your lunch!)
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?

April 14, 2016
April Roundtable
Time:2:45 PM- 4:00 PM
Location:Hotel Pattee, 1112 Willis Avenue, Perry, IA

Topic:Creating Videos to Promote your Association
With the tremendous expansion of You Tube and other online video programs, is your association taking advantage of developing videos to help sell your association? Is it part of your overall marketing campaign to attract new members? Do you use videos to promote your annual meeting? Does your association do anything unique in creating videos? How do you disseminate your videos?

Sponsored by the Hotel Pattee, Perry


Sample Videos:1)Produced by Guest Speaker, Ryan Paul Buck for Association of Boards of Certification, 2)Hotel Pattee


PLUS JOIN US FOR A SOCIAL GATHERING AFTER THE ROUNDTABLE AT 4:30PM AT:Handlebar Happy Hour in The Cellar atLa Poste,1219 Warford Street, Perry, IA

A space to celebrate art, music, food and community. Don't miss seeing this unique little speakeasy and event space while listening to live music, strolling by lovely art and socializing with your industry peers.

Interested in Carpooling to Perry?Check out the community FORUM on the ISAE website for anyone who is interested in looking at carpooling options!

April 25, 2016
Annual Membership Meeting/Lunch
Time:11:45 AM- 3:30 PM(*Note pre-meeting events below)
Location:Prairie Meadows Conference Center, 1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona, IA

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

Educational Session Topic is listed below.
(*Please note there are two pre-meeting events. See below for details.)

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

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

Educational Program Session
1:30PM- 3:30PM

Session Topic:Become A Super-Connector
Speaker:Adam Carroll, National Financial Educators, Des Moines

There is a new movement in companies today that creates more business than the greatest sales army ever could — it’s called social capital, and if your people don’t understand how to leverage it, they’ll be left in the dust. The ability to leverage Networking P.O.W.E.R. could have a dramatic effect on your bottom line… and the level of fulfillment in your office. Adam uncovers the 5 simple steps to building Super Connectors in every level of your company in a way that will leave the whole office buzzing with a newfound energy. This program can be delivered as a keynote, breakout session, or half-day workshop. It’s ideal for sales companies, real estate offices, financial planners, associations, and anyone looking to dramatically impact their bottom line using this very strategic philosophy.


Annual Meeting is Sponsored by:Catch Des Moines!



May 4, 2016
May Roundtable
Time:12:00 PM- 1:15 PM(Bring your lunch!)
Location:Iowa Motor Truck Association, 717 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA

Topic:Volunteer Involvement and Appreciation
How do associations get volunteers involved in the association and once they are involved, what does your staff do to say thanks (other than sending a thank you card - if we even do that!).

Member News

ASAE Announces NEW CAE's including Robert Hartwig with Iowa Bankers Association!

Robert Hartwig, Legal Counsel with the Iowa Bankers Association has recently received his Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the CAE Commission of ASAE, joining more than 4,000 industry leaders worldwide.
See Press Release

Congratulations to Robert Hartwig, CAE!

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!
Jamie Courtney, Gateway Hotel & Conference Center
Katrina Davis, Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives
Diane Green,Unemployed
Adam Lathrop,Iowa Illinois Safety
Cynthia Lidgett, Lidgett and Associates
Carl Lingen, Capture Marketing Group
Jacob Pipkin, TrueNorth Companies
Cindy Schultz, Iowa Hospital Association
Barbara Toft, Rhythm City Casino Resort

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.

Article of Interest

Minutes for Board and Committee Meetings
By:Bill Boyd, Nyemaster Goode, P.C., Des Moines, IA

The format and detail of minutes of meetings of the board of directors and committees vary among organizations. There is no requirement under the Revised Iowa Nonprofit Corporation Act in terms of format or content of minutes and the level of detail that one organization may desire to have in its minutes may differ from that of another organization. Still, minutes are extremely important to the organization and its board.Read More...

Guest Article

False Starts- 13 Ways to Blow Strategic Planning
By: Bob Harris, CAE

Boards can be resistant to think strategically.Some finding it easier to focus on the short term thinking and safe topics.A few boards consider planning an expensive process.Others fear the group hugs and games that characterize some retreats. Even the boards that have budgeted for planning often delay it a year or more.

Reports say that up to 50 percent of strategic plans fail. Here are 13 (unlucky) false starts and failures in the process.Read More...

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