Please Help the Families of Newtown

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Categories: News Tags: donation , Sandy Hook Elementary School On December 14, 2012 an extreme tragedy struck Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

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

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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.

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Conference Circuit: Three Days at the Museum

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The New England Museum Association’s 98th Annual Conference is set to start in Mystic, Connecticut, next week. Location: Mystic, Connecticut. Rundown Attendees: 900 plus. Sessions and events: 60.

We Lost A Valiant Leader


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.

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?

Library Groups Say LinkedIn Policy Changes Could Violate Users’ Privacy

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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, now known as LinkedIn Learning.

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.

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

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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

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.

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.

GMO Labeling Legislation Gets Bipartisan Push in Congress

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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.

Diversify Your Retention Rate, and Other Membership Ideas

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I attended the New York and Connecticut events—and, if not for the overlap, would have joined NE/SAE as well. and executive vice president of the Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Association, who delivered a keynote presentation at both the NYSAE and Connecticut SAE events.

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.

Monday Buzz: Take Advantage of Google’s Management Resources

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Nonprofits to Facebook: Don’t Limit Our Reach

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The animal-shelter volunteer, who writes the updates for the Karuna Bully Rescue , in Naugatuck, Connecticut, launched a petition a few days back, requesting that Facebook modify its algorithm strategy to better accommodate nonprofit groups.

Volunteers: How Much Is Your Time Worth?

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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.

Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Proposals Prompt Debate

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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.

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.

Conference Circuit: Getting Dog Trainers to Sit and Shake Hands

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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.

GMA Takes Vermont to Court Over GMO Labeling Law

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Connecticut and Maine have passed their own GMO-labeling laws, but those are contingent on their neighbors in New England passing similar measures.

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.

MPAA Changes Antipiracy Tactics With New Website

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After spending years focusing on fighting the sources of video piracy, the Motion Picture Association of America is trying something new: publicizing consumers’ legal avenues to view their desired content.

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

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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.

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

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Anthem Health Plans , which involves APA’s members in Connecticut.

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Wednesday Buzz: Clarity in a World of Acronyms

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Could Your Association Thrive in a Remote-First Culture?

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.