3 Committees to Consider Forming in 2020


Every organization has a unique structure in terms of staff, board of directors, committees, task forces, etc. And what works well for one association or chamber may not work well for another.

Inconvenient Truths About Committees

Wild Apricot

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Dump Your Committees

Thanks For Playing

The thing about standing committees is that they're standing. One of the problems with standing committees is that they can easily become zombies, continuing on with calls and meetings and reports to the board whether or not there's actually anything for them to DO. I know what you're about to say: "Our standing committees are set in our bylaws. And you do probably have to maintain a standing finance committee. Volunteerism is changing.

How Political Action Committee Software Can Help You Grow and Manage your PAC

Wild Apricot

Here's how political action committee software can help you Want to raise more money and save more time for the campaigns that matter?

Technical Committee Checklist

Association Management

Here is a handy checklist you should have before starting your first technical committee or [.]. Operations Standards Committees Working GroupsYou have just formed a new consortium and you’re anxious to begin work – real work – on meeting your goals and objectives. Your chances for success will be much higher if you first have a solid foundation in place.

Technical Committee Checklist

Association Management

Here is a handy checklist you should have before starting your first technical committee or [.]. Operations Standards Committees Working GroupsYou have just formed a new consortium and you’re anxious to begin work – real work – on meeting your goals and objectives. Your chances for success will be much higher if you first have a solid foundation in place.

Event Committees: 5 Types and Their Duties


committees. Committees are appointed for a specific function and can help your daunting task list become more segmented and task-specific. We’ve all heard the old phrase “two heads are better than one”! And it still rings true today.

Do You Train Your Board Member’s and Committee Chairs?

Association Leaders

Boards of Directors Members and Committee Chairs are key leaders who determine whether an association is successful or not. It’s simple – associations whose directors and committee chairs are not focused on the organization’s strategic plan, are not consensus builders, and don’t know how to run effective meetings cause their association’s to fail – or at least stagnate. Committee Chair training.

Evaluating Committee Success (Before It's Too Late)


Does your association or chamber of commerce have committees in place? Perhaps you have an event planning committee, a fundraising committee, and/or a diversity and inclusion committee. But let us ask you this: For whatever committees you have set up, how do you evaluate their success? Do you send committee members a self-assessment once their term is up? What happens if a deliverable doesn’t get done and the committee has run its course?

Education Committee: More Advising and Curating, Less Slotting

Velvet Chainsaw

Models vary, but most include a 15- to 20-person conference committee (slotters) and army of reviewers (graders). Progressive organizers are shifting to a blended model, where conference committees act more like content curators and advisors and less like graders and slotters. Shift in Committee Responsibilities. Conference program committee responsibilities are shifting. Committees are having fewer conference calls and preset meetings.

The Problem with Committees

Jamie Notter

The Problem with Committees. Here’s the problem with committees: They exist. He had written about an experience he had on a committee that wasn’t pleasant and was reflecting on how the Chair might have “lead” the committee differently. But as I read what he was writing, I was coming to the conclusion that the very existence of committees was the problem, and debating how best to lead them was futile. Bad committees should be.

3 Types of Committees Your Association Could Truly Benefit From


Every organization has a unique structure in terms of staff, board of directors, committees, task forces, etc. That said, however your organization is structured, there are three types of committees we believe most associations could truly benefit from: member engagement Association Views volunteer managementAnd what works well for one association may not work well for another.

Re-Establishing a Collapsed Committee: 4 Steps


Committees are a great way to delegate tasks at your association. Unfortunately, committees sometimes fail - people become disengaged, deadlines start to slip, and sooner or later, the weight of the committee is left on only one or two people. Collapsed committees are actually quite common. Now if this has happened at your association, don’t beat yourself up.

Architectural Committee and Approval Process.Follow the Rules


Architectural Committee and Approval Process.Follow the Rules AMG is pleased to share with you two blog posts from the Black, Slaughter & Black law firm. In particular, approvals or denials must follow the express language of the declaration, including a properly appointed committee. The first discusses the necessity of following formalities outlined in the association’s governing documents.

Working Committees Have Plenty To Do

Eric Lanke

We're looking ahead to another calendar year in our association, and as part of that look forward we are setting a year-long course for some of our working committees. Working Committee is the term my association uses for what others might call Program Committees. They are not committees of the Board, helping the Board fulfill its governance function. A few of these working committees have stagnated over the past year, and we felt it was time to re-invigorate them.

Eric Lanke: Which Committee Are You On?

Eric Lanke

Which Committee Are You On? You serve on two committees for this association--one of which you chair. Because this association has dozens of committees, you find the meetings for both of your committees scheduled at the same time at an association conference. Which committee meeting do you attend? What if that means you leave the committee you chair without a leader? You see, I was a member of the committee he chaired. Which Committee Are You On?

An Association Committee’s Three Responses To Change And Innovation

Velvet Chainsaw

Here’s your Who Wants to be A Millionaire million dollar question: What are the three states of association committee change? Their goal is to make the committee and ultimately the organization impervious to change. The post An Association Committee’s Three Responses To Change And Innovation appeared first on Velvet Chainsaw. Is that your final answer? I’m sorry but solid, liquid and gas are not the right responses.

A Welcome Role for the Membership Committee

Associations Now

One association puts its volunteer membership committee to work in calling all new members to welcome them to the association—a rewarding effort for members, volunteers, and the association alike. At the committee level, though, there seems to be no hard and fast rule. Some association volunteer committees fill an advisory capacity, while others are charged with hands-on work. This is no different, of course, in the case of associations with volunteer membership committees.

A Committee By Any Other Name

Eric Lanke

One of the very first posts I wrote for this blog (back in September 2011) was titled, " Should Committees Report to the Board? " In the post, I argued that committees whose function was programmatic (i.e., It was intended as a provocative notion, informed mostly by the frustration I was feeling at this time with committee reports clouding up the agenda of a volunteer Board I was serving on. Our four types of committees are: 1. Working Committees.

How to Make Association Committee Members Happier and More Productive


The internet is filled with stories of organizations instituting radical changes to make employees more invested, happier, and thus more productive. There’s the company in Seattle that raised its minimum wage to $70,000, there’s WL Gore & Associates that eliminated a managerial hierarchy , and Whole Foods that publishes all of its employees’ salaries , which are based on work and abilities (the more able the employee, the higher the pay).

All Committees Are Not Created Equal

Eric Lanke

Got into a friendly argument with a colleague about last week's post , where I revisited an idea that I've discussed before : that program committees should report to an association's Chief Staff Executive, or CEO, and not its Board of Directors. Committees must always been created by and report directly to the Board. Governance committees, yes, I replied. But committees that are needed to assist the association execute its programs?

Ditch the ladder (& the committee) #Assnchat Recap


Elizabeth Engel and I co-hosted the weekly Association Chat yesterday to talk about mission-driven volunteering based on our white paper of the same name (you can download a copy here ). There was quite a number of very interesting points made during the conversation (read the recap here thanks to Kait Solomon ) but two struck me a particularly relevant

Using a Committee to Gather Collective Insight

Association Success

Having a dedicated and trusted committee in place helps us effectively bridge the gap between member expectations and the event offerings. Our communities are our experts – and we leverage that to ensure our events are successful. Virtual events are more than just a convenient and fun means for education and engagement.

When Opinion By Committee Can Lead You Astray

Velvet Chainsaw

Beware Of Committee Opinion Echo-Chamber When we are designing a conference or planning the next steps of an organization, we need to be aware of the challenges of relying only on the opinions of a committee. Especially if everyone on that committee has the same belief. How can the opinions of a committee damage a conference planning process? The post When Opinion By Committee Can Lead You Astray appeared first on Velvet Chainsaw's Midcourse Corrections.

When Committee Bureaucracy Stymies Your Conference Potential

Velvet Chainsaw

Its committees serve as the central nervous system influencing all parts of the body. The conference planning committee is similar to our spinal cord, serving as the internal communication highway between the parts of the body and the brain. However, if our spinal cord—the conference planning committee—is damaged, the entire association suffers. Our structures including the traditional conference planning committee have limits.

Poll: Age-Appropriate Networking, Committee Involvement Key to Attracting Next Gen to Events

Association Adviser

While that may not surprise you, did you know that 23 percent of associations tell us they are inviting younger members to join their event planning committees? The post Poll: Age-Appropriate Networking, Committee Involvement Key to Attracting Next Gen to Events by Association Adviser staff first appeared on AssociationAdviser.com.

Eric Lanke: Should Committees Report to the Board?

Eric Lanke

Should Committees Report to the Board? Should committees report to the board?" There are some committees whose jobs clearly relate to the governance of the association. The Finance Committee. The Nominating Committee. The Executive Committee. But there are other committees whose jobs relate to the management of the association. The Education Committee. The Membership Committee. The Marketing Committee. Eric Lanke.

Come One, Come All! The Ultimate Template for Committee Recruitment


Trying to bring some new lifeblood into your committees ? While your members may have the time and energy available to dedicate to new committees, they might not take the plunge without a little push. So what better way than simply asking? Take a look at our easy-to-use template so that you can urge your members to take their involvement in your organization to the next level! small staff association member engagement Small Staff Chatter chambers

4 steps for moving to paperless board and committee meetings

Optimist Consulting

I was recently asked by a client to look into what they would need to do to move to paperless committees for their board meetings. Have you moved to paperless committee or board meetings? They are currently trialling their new system following my research project. Here are 4 steps you need to take if you want to do this at your organisation: 1. Involve your members. Start by talking to your board members about potentially changing your processes.

4 Tips to Revitalize Your “Black Sheep” Committee


If your association is like most, you have that one committee that just can’t keep the attention of your members and ends up feeling like a struggle to even keep afloat. Take a look at our four tips that will help bring life back into your “black sheep” committee and regain your members interest! Feeling lost at what to do? association management association leadership small staff association member engagement member retention membership management Small Staff Chatter

Mid-Year State Legislative Action Committee Update: Part IV

All the Blogs

During the COVID-19 pandemic, CAI’s legislative action committees (LACs) volunteered hundreds of hours reviewing bills, drafting testimony, working with lobbyists, meeting with legislators and other decision-makers, and testifying for and against bills. Read the article…………………………… Legal & Legislative News Legislative Articles

Creating a Compelling "Call for Committee Volunteers" at Your Association or Chamber


Few projects could be completed (and/or completed well ) without the help of committees. Not only do committee members assist with ideation, but they help with execution, often managing projects from start to finish. If your current “call for committee volunteers” doesn’t seem to be loud and/or compelling enough, try this variant approach: Small Staff Chatter volunteer management managing-your-organization

Your Approach to Working Committees Reveals Your Organizational Culture

Eric Lanke

As we were discussing her work with committees in her old position and her anticipated work with our committees in her new position, a difference in style and culture became readily apparent. Our working committees don't determine strategy," I told her. In the association she previously worked for, the working committees were the strategy-making bodies. The committee would decide what to do. We brought a new staff person into our organization this week.

Does Your Board Act as Your Innovation Committee?

Eric Lanke

It advocates for corporate boards to serve as a kind of innovation committee for the corporations they are put in place to safeguard. conducting its annual self-evaluation, the board found that a number of its directors had recommended that a board committee be created to work explicitly with the new CEO on technology and innovation — not to manage it, but to partner with management on it. image source I found this post of the Harvard Business Review blog thought-provoking.

You Can't Build A Website By Committee

Vanguard Tech

What don't you do by committee? It's hard for associations to hear. That's what you're about. Getting people in the organization to get together and make decisions for the future good of the membership. association technology Websites associations

Statement On The EARN IT Act’s Passage In Senate Judiciary Committee


Washington, DC – IA Senior Director, Federal Government Affairs and Counsel Mike Lemon released the following statement on the passage of the EARN IT Act in The Senate Judiciary Committee: “The internet industry shares the Senate Judiciary Committee’s goal of ending child exploitation online and appreciates their continued efforts to improve the EARN IT Act. The post Statement On The EARN IT Act’s Passage In Senate Judiciary Committee appeared first on Internet Association.

Mizz Information: If Your Members Organize Their Own Committee.

Mizz Information

If Your Members Organize Their Own Committee, Are You Failing Them? At any rate, one of the thousands of SXSW things that flowed through either my Twitter stream or Facebook news feed caught my association eye-- the announcement of a new Council on Ethical Blogging and Aggregation, a "committee aiming to establish standards for (content) aggregation." What does does it say about associations when members organize their own committees or councils independent of the association?

Transportation Committee Pushes for Clarity on Airline Fees, Seating Sizes

Associations Now

Transportation Department advisory committee this week recommended that airlines transparently disclose fees and seat sizes to consumers before they buy tickets—and that hotels include mandatory resort fees in the price of the room. That’s the message a federal advisory committee has for both the airline and hotel industries. The committee also highlighted safety issues involving mobile devices such as smartphones. Leocha is the consumer advocate on the committee.

Project Management for Board Members and Committee Chairs

AMR Management Services

volunteer leaders Board Management committee leadership leadership Project Managementby Brian Reuwee. Project management requires structure. As a more free-form, creative person, I'm not always a big fan of structure, but I do love it when a plan comes together. So I make structure and organization a means to an end with the projects I'm leading.

Why a Virginia Advocacy Group Is Recording Legislative Committee Hearings

Associations Now

Progress Virginia’s Eyes on Richmond project, developed as a workaround to the state’s decision not to record committee hearings itself for public consumption, is an effort at “radical transparency” in legislation, according to the group. Earlier this month, Progress Virginia launched its Eyes on Richmond project , an effort to televise Virginia General Assembly committee hearings.