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Categories: YourMembership.com News Tags: donation , Sandy Hook Elementary School On December 14, 2012 an extreme tragedy struck Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. When a tragedy of this type hits it’s more than just the community that’s affected; the entire country feels the pain and loss of those innocent lives cut short. The shooting has left us deeply saddened and while we ponder [.] ( Read more. )

New Association Seeks to Clear Path to Law Practice for Former Inmates

Associations Now

After leaving prison, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a law degree from Vanderbilt University. But Tejada, now 29, still can’t practice law, despite passing the Connecticut bar exam. Bar examining committees in many states, Connecticut among them, include a “character and fitness assessment” that often disqualifies people with criminal records from obtaining a law license.

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Conference Circuit: Three Days at the Museum

Associations Now

The New England Museum Association’s 98th Annual Conference is set to start in Mystic, Connecticut, next week. More than 900 museum professionals will be spending three days in Mystic, Connecticut, in the coming week to sharpen their skills with practical ideas and useful how-to tips from top museum experts, meet colleagues and expand their professional network, and learn about the latest innovative products and services. Location: Mystic, Connecticut.

Leadership Lessons from Times of Crisis

Association Leaders

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last three days, you are aware of the terrible tragedy that struck an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday. This was an unthinkable tragedy carried out by a monster. I for one, spent early Saturday morning crying while watching news coverage before my children awoke. Nothing good comes from this tragedy. However, are there leadership lessons that can be learned from tragedies like this?

We Lost A Valiant Leader

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Dawn Hochsprung, the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut died in a school doing … Continue reading → You are reading We Lost A Valiant Leader from the Wired 4 Leadership blog. The world lost a talented and brave leader. When gunfire erupted at her place of work, she instinctively ran toward danger and risk.

Library Groups Say LinkedIn Policy Changes Could Violate Users’ Privacy

Associations Now

And an official with the Connecticut Library Association suggested that LinkedIn was abusing its position as a resource in libraries to increase its subscriber count. Library patrons have long had access to resources from Lynda.com, now known as LinkedIn Learning. But library organizations warn that a platform policy change could violate both patrons’ privacy and librarians’ ethics code.

Take a Vacation From Email

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The Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depo, Connecticut. Shephaug River, Connecticut. Pool and Barn/Gym at High Meadow Farm, Washington Depo, CT. Last summer a client that I really respect apologized for not responding to an email message more quickly. He said he had been on vacation and he was working on his “work-life balance.”.

Your Digital Infrastructure Shouldn’t Be Playing Catch-Up

Associations Now

The bad news is that New Jersey—along with other states, including Kansas and Connecticut —have unemployment systems so out of date that they rely on this old programming language, one that is so vintage that it hasn’t been taught in universities for decades.

“Buddy Check” Program Encourages Veterans To Reconnect With One Another

Associations Now

Sherri Marquis, a public affairs director at a Legion post in Somers, Connecticut, noted that the efforts were also beneficial to those making the calls. “It The American Legion found the Buddy Check program was so successful when it first tried it earlier this year that it will now be a twice-yearly endeavor—including during the week of Veterans Day. Veterans Day is an important holiday for a lot of associations and nonprofits focused on vets.

Innovation for Association Executives

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I saw this book on a friend’s home office desk this summer in Connecticut. I’m thinking about innovation in the context of managing associations and non-profit enterprises. Innovation is a corporate buzz word, but it’s also a fundamental element in any successful and growing organization. This summer I discovered a book about innovation strategy for corporate product launches and I can’t stop thinking about applying these concepts to associations.

GMO Labeling Legislation Gets Bipartisan Push in Congress

Associations Now

Connecticut passed a law in June allowing for such labeling—with a caveat that nearby states must pass similar legislation before Connecticut farmers would be required to comply. With momentum building at the state level and in the private sector in favor of labeling genetically modified food products, a bill in Congress could create a federal mandate. And one natural-products group is endorsing it.

Diversify Your Retention Rate, and Other Membership Ideas

Associations Now

It was just one highlight from a great week for learning if you’re an association professional in the Northeast, with three conferences taking place in the span of three days: NYSAE’s event on Wednesday, the New England SAE’s Annual Management Conference on Thursday and Friday, and the Connecticut SAE Annual Conference on Friday. I attended the New York and Connecticut events—and, if not for the overlap, would have joined NE/SAE as well.

Innovative Planning at The Global Pet Expo Creates Greater Productivity for Attendees

Associations Now

Meet our fifth “Planner of Productivity”: Andrew Darmohraj, executive vice president and chief operating officer for the American Pet Products Association, based in Stamford, Connecticut.

Monday Buzz: Kickstarter Becomes a Benefit Corporation

Associations Now

Nonprofits are top workplaces in Connecticut, and Nonprofit Quarterly editor-in-chief Ruth McCambridge went in search of the secret behind their success. One of the biggest online crowdfunding hubs announces its new status. Plus: How your association can make big improvements using big data. The notion of online donations isn’t new.

Monday Buzz: Take Advantage of Google’s Management Resources

Associations Now

Some of the out-there choices include taking your team spelunking in the Canadian Rockies or praticipating in a plane-crash survival course in Connecticut. Looking for more leadership development resources? Google is giving theirs away for free. Also: Take your team-bonding experiences to the extreme. Type any question you have into an online search bar, and Google will return an answer in lightning speed. But what if your question is “What makes a great manager?”

Avoid Tech Support Phone Scams

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Martin Roth is a principal, of Norwalk, Connecticut-based INCON Research, Inc., which provides on-site computer and network support for small businesses, individuals and not-for-profit organizations in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Martin Roth, INCON Research, Inc. Even savvy PC users can get fooled into thinking a reputable support person from your software or hardware providers needs to gain access to your computer.

Create a Container: Storytelling Strategies to Engage the Next Generation

Associations Now

When kids are deciding to learn an instrument, the accordion is probably not their first choice—creating an industry challenge the Connecticut Accordion Association is trying to overcome. So many associations have been trying to figure how to keep their industries relevant as millennials and Generation Z replace baby boomers. One expert instructs associations to get these individuals to tell their stories, instead of simply pushing out their own.

After Sandy Hook, Why a Newtown-Based Gun Group Stayed There

Associations Now

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which has called Newtown, Connecticut, home for two decades, says it considered moving its headquarters after last year’s school shooting, but staff members urged the leadership to stay in town. More than two dozen people—20 of them children—died in the shooting at the Connecticut town’s Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.

Bagel-Eating Contest Aims to Draw Attention to Start-Up Bagel Group

Associations Now

He said that several dozen spectators cheered on the 10 competitors, who traveled from New York, Philadelphia, and Connecticut to take part in the competition. The second-annual National Bagel Eating Contest hopes to bring awareness to the fledgling National Bagel Association. Its CEO wants the contest to one day bookend the group’s annual conference. Adele wasn’t the only one to scoop up awards last Sunday.

Nonprofits to Facebook: Don’t Limit Our Reach

Associations Now

The animal-shelter volunteer, who writes the updates for the Karuna Bully Rescue , in Naugatuck, Connecticut, launched a Change.org petition a few days back, requesting that Facebook modify its algorithm strategy to better accommodate nonprofit groups. Stuck between a rock and a hard place with Facebook pages that now require payments to ensure wide reach, nonprofit groups are starting to speak out on the issue.

Volunteers: How Much Is Your Time Worth?

Associations Now

Washington, DC, ranked highest at $34.04, followed by New York ($28.73), Connecticut ($28.26), and Massachusetts ($27.43). According to Independent Sector, an hour of volunteer time was worth $22.14 in 2012. Harder to quantify is the reason people decide to volunteer. Just in time for National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, Independent Sector released its 2012 estimate of the value of volunteer time.

Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Proposals Prompt Debate

Associations Now

The New York City Council recently reached an agreement on a paid sick-leave bill similar to ones found in Washington, DC, San Francisco, Seattle, and the state of Connecticut, though it has not yet voted on the measure. A recent survey by the Employment Policies Institute of 165 Connecticut-based businesses—completed after the state’s sick-leave law was enacted—found that 70 percent believed it was not good for business.

Safety Top-of-Mind for Bus, Gaming Associations

Associations Now

For years, the company’s buses have transported casino fans to casinos in nearby Connecticut; soon, buses will start taking passengers to Massachusetts. In response to a series of crashes involving buses carrying passengers to casinos, the American Bus Association and the American Gaming Association are teaming up to hold motor coach firms to higher standards. The trip to the casino shouldn’t be as much of a gamble as the slot machine.

Expand Your Product Line: Clone Your Classic Conference into Punchy Regionals

Association Success

However, by adding smaller regional events, new Goldilocks zones open up in other cities including suburban areas, which for us meant great venues in Columbus, Ohio; Sacramento, California; and Hartford, Connecticut, to name a few. Supplement your national conference with regional events and watch participation grow.

Conference Circuit: Getting Dog Trainers to Sit and Shake Hands

Associations Now

Along with a full slate of speakers and workshops , the APDT conference, which will be held October 15-18 in Hartford, Connecticut, features special events like book signings and a 5K run/walk to raise money for the APDT Foundation. The Association of Professional Dog Trainers gathers for its annual conference. Plus: The frozen food industry lays out a buffet.

GMA Takes Vermont to Court Over GMO Labeling Law

Associations Now

Connecticut and Maine have passed their own GMO-labeling laws, but those are contingent on their neighbors in New England passing similar measures. Another Battleground Meanwhile, in Washington state, the Grocery Manufacturers Association failed in its attempt to block a money-laundering lawsuit brought against the group by the state’s attorney general, Bob Ferguson.

MPAA Changes Antipiracy Tactics With New Website

Associations Now

There have never been more ways to access movies and television legitimately online, and those platforms continue to grow and develop thanks in large part to a copyright system that encourages innovation, risk, and growth,” the former Democratic senator from Connecticut explained in a press release [PDF].

Groups Focus on Health and Safety as Students Go Back to School

Associations Now

School safety remains a hot-button issue after the shootings in Newtown , Connecticut, last December and other gun-related incidents, including one at an elementary school in Georgia just last month. As students throughout the country dive back into the books, several school-related associations are hard at work promoting health and safety initiatives.

Could Your Association Thrive in a Remote-First Culture?

Associations Now

A great example of this: During the “Mad Men” era of the 1950s and 1960s, many newspaper comics (among them, Beetle Bailey , Hagar the Horrible , and Nancy ) were made in the same region of Connecticut , in part due to its fairly close proximity to the syndicates that published and distributed the comics.

Medical Group Can Represent Members in Class Action, Appeals Court Says

Associations Now

Anthem Health Plans , which involves APA’s members in Connecticut. The New York State Psychiatric Association won a significant victory in its legal battle against UnitedHealthcare after an appeals court ruled that the association has standing to represent its members and their patients in the class-action lawsuit. The suit is expected to help medical associations in similar cases. A recent U.S.

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Wednesday Buzz: Clarity in a World of Acronyms

Associations Now

If you like cupcakes, this fundraising idea from Connecticut Association of Realtors CEO Cindy Butts might whet your appetite. When talking about your association to the outside world, don’t forget to ditch the jargon. Also: what you can learn from an app that turns pizza delivery into a one-button affair. Considering the line of work you’re in, you deal with a lot of acronyms. And especially if you work in communications, it’s important to handle them the right way.

Immersion Studies: Hotel Execs Plan Deep Dive in India

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President and CEO Frits van Paasschen and several top-level executives will spend March in Mumbai and Delhi, roughly 8,000 miles away from the company’s headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, learning new hospitality approaches. Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide recently announced that a group of its executives will spend a month in Mumbai and Delhi next year to get a firsthand experience of the hospitality industry in India.

Democratic Party Groups Press for New Leaders with Local Focus

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Last month, the chair and chair-elect of the Democratic Governors Association—Connecticut Gov. Sometimes, the same old strategies don’t make sense anymore. That appears to be a conclusion the Democratic National Committee and other party-related organizations have come to. While there’s much debate over who should take the party’s reins, one thing most officials seem to agree on is that state and local politics should come first.

Guns in Schools: Districts Consider Arming Staff, but Insurers Have Cold Feet

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More details on the issue: The problem: In the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, late last year, a number of districts in such states as Kansas, Oregon, and South Dakota have considered giving educators the choice to carry weapons on campus. Some school districts are trying to allow educators and other employees to carry guns on campus, and many insurance carriers have threatened to raise premiums or cancel coverage entirely.

Community Service: Drawing On Staff Involvement

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Similar feelings arose after the Boston Marathon bombing last month and the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, last December. The Newtown, Connecticut, event was a game-changer,” said Matt Jeanneret, ARTBA senior vice president, communications and marketing. “It Whoever is chosen can pick an organization or nonprofit to collect donations for, with ARTBA matching total employee contributions.

The FAA’s Latest Drone Problem: Some Are Jumping the Gun

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A few examples: A part-time journalist was suspended from his job at a TV station in Hartford, Connecticut, earlier this month, after he flew a UAV around the scene of an accident. Despite the agency’s ongoing efforts to craft policy to regulate unmanned aerial vehicles, the lengthy process is causing some enthusiasts—including Hollywood—to flout the rules. Should the FAA move faster? Associations focused on the aviation space have differing takes on the issue.

Vermont Becomes First Mover on GMO Labeling

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It preferred a regional framework for GMO labeling—one that nearby states such as Connecticut and Maine have embraced. There are no conditions on Vermont’s efforts to regulate genetically modified organisms: Unlike other Northeastern states, where GMO labeling laws are contingent on what their neighbors do, Vermont will go it alone when its law goes into effect in 2016. The bill passed on the backs of the local grassroots, but state and national groups have major concerns.

Drone Journalism: Media Groups Raise First Amendment Concerns

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An incident in Hartford, Connecticut , around the scene of a fatal car crash drew an FAA investigation of its own this year. With the FAA still working on regulations for nonmilitary uses of unmanned aerial vehicles, the agency says there’s no gray area regarding unapproved drone use. But groups interested in using the technology for journalistic purposes argue that there is a pretty sizable one: freedom of the press.

6 Reasons your Association should Sponsor a Sports Program

AE on the Verge

The association that is our Connecticut counterpart is a sponsor of a Division I University's basketball games. There are 6 reasons they do it. that are each good reasons for you to consider sponsoring a team/program in your area/state too: 1. Popular tickets for fundraising events and/or prizes: Their sponsorship includes season tickets to the men's and women's home basketball games.

Maine Nonprofits Say Property Tax Proposal Would Jeopardize Programs, Services

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Several cash-strapped cities—including Boston; Pittsburgh; Hartford, Connecticut; and Memphis, Tennessee—have adopted payment-in-lieu-of-taxes programs to offset declining revenue. Looking for ways to bring in new revenue, Maine Gov. Paul LePage submitted a proposed budget including a property tax for certain nonprofits. Associations say the tax could hurt local communities by forcing nonprofits to cut programs and services.

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