Speaking to Alabama Law Students about the Association World

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I’m excited to again speak to University of Alabama law students about opportunities in the association world. Partner Mike House is the organizer of Alabama’s government relations program that brings students to Washington for a semester to work and study. After graduating from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1993 I worked on Capitol Hill. courtesy of [link].

Spring Hill College Alumni Board and New Offices for the Verto Solutions Companies

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Spring Hill College is a liberal arts school located in my hometown, Mobile, Alabama. It’s the oldest college in Alabama, the first Catholic college in the Southeast, and the third oldest Jesuit college in the United States. There are about 1,300 students – more than half of them are from outside Alabama, and the current freshman class is the largest first year class in the school’s history. Uncategorized Alabama Small Business Operations Verto Solutions

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How Does Nick Saban Do It?

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I did some reading about Coach Nick Saban’s leadership philosophy and style in anticipation of the BCS National Championship game Monday night between Alabama and Notre Dame. My last season there was one of the 14 national championships for the Alabama football team, also known as the Crimson Tide. Alabama’s recent football success is linked to Saban’s focus on process, his detailed program for coaches and players and detailed attention to every element of the team.

Chapters Impacting the 2020 Census

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The Alabama, Illinois and Texas Chapters of American Academy of Pediatrics are among those taking action. Alabama Chapter is partnering with VOICES for Alabama’s Children to develop and distribute posters to every chapter member.

Chuck Spurlock: An Appreciation

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I went to Montgomery, Alabama today to be with the friends and family of Charles Hughes Spurlock, Jr. He went on to manage gubernatorial and Senatorial campaigns in Tennessee and Alabama. Chuck managed Senator Jeff Sessions’ successful races for Alabama Attorney General and U.S. Chuck and I traveled with the Senator for three years and I got to know Chuck, and the State of Alabama, better.


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“Granddaddy” and “Dad” visited Washington as part of an “Honor Flight” from Mobile, Alabama. Granddaddy Cox” was one of the South Alabama veterans flown to Washington for ceremonies in their honor. Alabama Members of Congress including U.S. I’m extremely proud of my grandfather, Lt. Emmett M. Cox, Jr. and my father the Honorable Emmett R. Both men visited Washington, D.C. for the day on Wednesday. Emmett M. Cox, Jr. and Hon. Emmett R.

Membership Hack: Student Competition

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A student competition held by the Greater Montgomery Home Builders Association introduces the construction trade to students in Alabama and raises funds for them to attend the International Builders’ Show. How to hack it? Student competitions can be a fun way to inject new ideas and energy into an association, and they often help motivate young people who are thinking about careers in an industry or trade.

Meet You in Nashville: Where to Eat During #ASAE14, Part 3

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Nashville Lifestyles recommends ordering the smoked wings with Alabama white sauce, redneck taco with pulled pork or smoked sausage plate with two sides and Texas toast. 5211 Alabama Ave., It’s time for#ASAE14! A bunch of my friends are already there but Im not arriving until late Saturday afternoon. Heres the last in my series of post about Nashville dining.

American Heart Association Will Harness Health Data to Speed Emergency Response

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Delays in recognition and treatment of time-sensitive conditions like heart attacks, strokes, and cardiac arrest can be the difference between life and death,” Michael Kurz, chair of AHA’s Systems of Care Subcommittee and an associate professor at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, said in a news release. AHA is teaming up with the emergency technology firm RapidSOS on a new tool to make patient health information available immediately to first responders.

New Badges Highlight Girl Scouts’ Increased Focus on STEM

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GSUSA launched its new offerings last month in Huntsville, Alabama , amid festivities for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. By request of members, most of the nearly four dozen new badges recently announced by Girl Scouts of the USA focus on different aspects of STEM, including coding, cybersecurity, and space exploration. The mission of the Girl Scouts of the USA has long been to push young girls to new heights.

Advice for New Lawyers

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I’m speaking again this week to University of Alabama law students about career opportunities for lawyers working in government relations. University of Alabama Law School – Tuscaloosa. The rankings and reputation of the University of Alabama School of Law have steadily increased over the last quarter century. For more information on Alabama’s ranking and value see Mark Kogan’s article, “ 5 Top Law Schools Just as Great as Harvard, Yale, and Stanford.”.

Getting Started in Government Relations: Advice for Law Students

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This is the question I’m trying to answer in this post and when I speak next week to University of Alabama law students that are in DC participating in a government relations externship program. Like many schools today, the University of Alabama recognizes that they must do more to make their students ready to practice law. What kind of positions or opportunities should a graduating law student pursue if they’re interested in government relations?

Tim Tebow Act Has High School Sports Associations Divided, but That’s All Right

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Alabama is on the cusp of becoming the next state to adopt the legislation. Despite the legislative trend, not all state or state high school athletic associations are as welcoming to home-schoolers—including Alabama’s high school sports governing body. The name of the most famous home-schooled athlete is bringing new currency to a debate that’s been going on for decades.

Cargo Plane Crash Revives Pilot Fatigue Questions

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A Good Deed An Alabama-based nonprofit organization lost a valuable shipment of goods in the UPS cargo plane crash last week, but that hasn’t stopped the group from helping the families of the two pilots who died in the crash, according to an NBC News report. The crash of a United Parcel Service (UPS) cargo plane in Alabama last week, which killed both pilots, was the third fatal cargo jet crash this year in the U.S.

Add Chapters to Make an Old Association Feel New

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So far, six local affiliates have been announced in Austin, Texas; Birmingham, Alabama; Detroit; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Dallas-Fort Worth; and the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Launching a chapter network has helped PEN America, a literary organization with almost 100 years of history, recruit new members and reinvent opportunities for member engagement at the local level.

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26 ways association professionals find problem-solving inspiration

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Inspiration is everywhere, said Dan VanDiver with the Alabama Association of School Boards. “I From the time we begin work in the morning to the time we wrap things up for the day, there’s no telling what’s going to come across our desks or land in our inboxes. . Especially now, as association professionals around the world are contending with the coronavirus and its impacts on not only our industry but those we serve, problem-solving feels like a muscle we’re exercising daily.

Persistence Pays Off for Public Broadcasters

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We just got word [Monday] night that the Alabama House of Representatives has approved a 38 percent increase in state funding for Alabama public television,” he said. Despite the gloomy outlook for public broadcasting during the economic downturn, the Association of Public Television Stations stayed on mission, promoting the importance of the industry. That work is finally paying off in new government funding. Public broadcasting is back, baby!

Associations Advise Public After Gas Shortages Arise

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With an Alabama pipeline rupture causing gas shortages and other negative effects on the gasoline industry throughout the southern U.S., The recent reports of a pipeline break in Alabama are having a ripple effect all over the southern U.S., associations are offering tips and advice to people affected at the pump. Yes, there is a gas shortage in the South right now. No, you shouldn’t top off your gas tank when it’s nearly full. Yes, this is temporary.

Hurricane Michael: Electric Group Turns Website Into Info Hub

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The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, which is closely collaborating on the response to Hurricane Michael this week, is using its website to highlight the work being done to get affected communities back on the grid.

How Associations Are Changing Up School Sunscreen Rules

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According to Stateline , six states—Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Utah, and Washington—have passed laws this year allowing sunscreen to be used during school activities. You may not think of sunscreen as medication, but the FDA does, and so do many schools. School rules restricting suncreen use lead to dangerous sun exposure for students, dermatology associations say—and they’re working to ensure kids are protected, one state at a time.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.9.18

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Explore the lessons learned by three different organizations—Society of Surgical Oncology, Home Builders Association of Alabama, and Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority—when taking their education to the next level.

Top Coaches Say Association’s NFL Draft Rule Change Good for Players

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The decision by the American Football Coaches Association to allow underclassmen to take part in pro-day combines has major supporters in Alabama coach Nick Saban and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney—the two head coaches in last night’s bowl championship game. In fact, it was apparently Alabama coach Nick Saban’s idea to allow select players who aren’t heading to the NFL Draft to take part in pro-day workouts.

RIP Harper Lee: The Mockingbird Scribe’s Association Legacy

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” The ABA Journal awards the prize each year with the help of the University of Alabama School of Law. That legacy includes a nonprofit organization, which she personally founded last year to help fund a theatrical version of the play that has been put on in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, for more than a quarter century.

How Green Are Your State’s Purchasing Practices?

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Four states—Alabama, Idaho, Mississippi, and Ohio—reported no green purchasing programs or activities. A new benchmarking tool developed by the National Association of State Procurement Officials provides a coast-to-coast picture of states’ efforts to make their purchasing programs more sustainable.

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Association Management Basics: Successful Leadership Transitions

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In Alabama, the highlight was visiting family and good friends in Fairhope and Mobile. I just finished Hans Finzel’s Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make. This book is nearly 20 years old, but it includes some timeless advice for leaders, with a particularly good chapter on successful leadership transitions.

Hit the Road: Using Roadshows to Bring Education to Members

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Then there’s the Alabama State Bar Association, which has held the ASB Roadshow since 1995. Instead of associations making attendees come to them, many groups are taking meetings and education opportunities directly to attendees. A look at roadshows and their benefits. We’re about to hit the peak point of summer travel season.

New Battlefront: Same-Sex Spouse Benefits and the National Guard

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National Guard units in states such as Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama, and Michigan have offered federal benefits to all Guard spouses despite the differences between state and federal law on same-sex marriage. With political leaders blocking the processing of same-sex spouse benefits for members of the National Guard in four states, the American Military Partner Association is working with the American Civil Liberties Union to fight back. The U.S.

Do You (and Your Organization) Strive to Be the Best?

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In an interview after Ohio State beat #1 Alabama in the 2015 national semi-final football game, OSU coach Urban Meyer was asked about the “gap” between the Big 10 and other Power 5 conferences. In a radio interview several years ago, football broadcaster and NFL Hall of Famer Dan Dierdorf was asked why Ohio State, Michigan and other Big 10 teams were not winning football games on the national stage.

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It is headquartered in Panama City, Florida, and has a network of 23 branches across Florida and Alabama. They have a vast network of branches within the Florida Pan Handle and Alabama areas that benefit their customers extensively. AdvisoryHQ, which is an independent media outlet that provides rankings for financial institutions, recently ranked Tyndall Federal Credit Union, as one of the 15 best credit unions in Florida, and this is due to their many unique features.

How Associations Are Getting to Know Alexa

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Or ask Alexa for an Alabama Rural Water Association training, and she’ll read you the upcoming schedule of classes. Voice-recognition devices are growing in popularity and offer opportunities for associations to engage members at home. Here’s how associations are experimenting with the apps that bring Alexa and other similar technologies to life.

CompTIA Study Finds Tech Hubs Where You Wouldn’t Expect Them

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Yes, you’re probably aware that San Francisco or Seattle are tech hotbeds, but what about Huntsville, Alabama, or Lansing, Michigan? The Tech Town Index, a new report from the association, finds a surprising geographic diversity among tech hot spots, helped along by both booming college towns and maturing local tech economies.

Firearms Group, Suicide Prevention Group Join Forces to Save Lives

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The four states involved—Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, and New Mexico—saw these AFSP chapters build relationships with the local gun industry, helping vendors and shooting range owners alike spot the signs that come with suicide risk. The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced this week it was launching a national antisuicide campaign with the help of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It comes months after a successful pilot program between the groups.

Physical Therapy Group Encourages Patients to Swap Painkillers for PT

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It’s also relying on its state chapters to spread the word, especially in states the CDC has identified as having high rates of opioid overdose deaths or high rates of prescriptions, including Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia. With a new #ChoosePT opioid awareness campaign, the American Physical Therapy Association has joined a chorus of associations and government groups that are speaking out about the opioid epidemic in America.

State Troopers Held a Beauty Contest for Their Cruisers

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Alabama Highway Patrol. To help instill camaraderie among state troopers throughout the country, as well as generate a little publicity, the American Association of State Troopers launched a social media campaign calling on people to vote for the “Best Looking Cruiser.”. Congratulations are in order for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, whose cruisers recently won a beauty contest of sorts.

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Construction Industry’s Youth Strategy Includes Appealing to Gamers

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Mike Rowe, the host of the former Discovery Channel series “ Dirty Jobs” and the upcoming CNN show “ Somebody’s Gotta Do It ,” has frequently worked with trade groups and nonprofits, such as Go Build Alabama. Making a play to add younger faces to the construction workforce, industry trade groups are pointing to the well-honed reflexes of gamers, who they say are perfect for the field’s technical demands.

As One Internet Tax Battle Ends, Talk of Another Heats Up

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Alabama Deputy Revenue Commissioner Joe Garrett said that the plan was purposely intended to set up a legal battle in an effort to overturn Quill. “We’re As part of a deal that led to the passage of the Internet Tax Freedom Act last month, Congress will take a fresh look at online sales-tax legislation. But state governments that have been waiting to collect taxes for more than two decades are ready to take matters into their own hands.

Government Shutdown: Head Start Protest Draws Hundreds to Capitol Hill

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” Likewise, a program in Talladega, Alabama, was forced to close its doors after the federal fiscal year began on October 1. 57K The number of low-income and at-risk children who lost their Head Start spots nationwide due to sequestration-related cuts, according to NHSA. The National Head Start Association held a rally on Wednesday to draw attention to the impact of the federal shutdown, which halted the flow of funds to Head Start programs in 11 states.

Lieutenant Governors Forge Industry Partnership to Promote Drones

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Alabama Lt. The Aerospace States Association, a lieutenant governor-led group focused on aviation issues, is partnering with Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, one of the more bullish supporters of the growing drone industry, in an effort to promote the devices’ economic potential. With the issues around unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, mostly worked out at the federal level , now it’s the states’ turn to swoop in.

The Beer Industry’s Growing … in One Case, Maybe Too Fast

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And in case you’d like to skip the store entirely and brew your own growler-ready beer, there’s nothing stopping you: As the American Homebrewers Association noted earlier this month, homebrewing is legal in all 50 states , now that Mississippi and Alabama have laws ending bans on the practice. The beer industry is expanding by leaps and bounds—particularly in the craft sector—and the Brewers Association is trying to keep pace.

The Case for Building a Fiercely Loyal Community


Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Sarah advises her international clients on how to build a thriving, successful community, how to increase social media effectiveness, and how to develop a remarkable online and offline business presence. This is a guest post by Sarah Robinson, President and CEO of Sarah Robinson Co. She is a seasoned business coach, strategist, advisor and speaker who helps business owners set their companies apart from the pack.