Iowa Builders Group’s New Endowment Targets Industry Skills Gap

Associations Now

A new endowment launched by Master Builders of Iowa will fund innovative solutions to close the industry’s skills gap and bring younger workers into the construction field. Iowa Gov.

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Iowa Cattlemen Raise Money for Out-of-State Wildfire Victims

Associations Now

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will hold a charity auction to assist victims of wildfires that devastated a number of nearby states—hoping to supply ranchers with needed supplies as they work to rebuild.

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University of Iowa Eyes Plan to Combine Alumni Association, Foundation

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For years, the University of Iowa treated its foundation and its alumni association as separate entities. Similar examples of this kind of merger helped along the decision-making process in Iowa.

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Renewable Fuel Groups: Ethanol Could Help Decide Iowa in 2016

Associations Now

And as 2016 candidates go, Scott Walker , Jeb Bush , and Hillary Clinton have all come out in favor of the mandate—and Walker is currently leading polls for the Republican caucus in Iowa. Nevertheless, it’s an issue particularly important to Iowa—something highlighted by IRFA research.

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Advocacy Groups (and Their Shirts) Speak Up Ahead of Iowa Caucuses

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Groups from around the advocacy space—including associations—have been working the grassroots to draw attention to their issues ahead of the Iowa caucuses. ” Did your association do any advocacy work in Iowa ahead of this year’s caucuses?

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Weeding Out Members From Pretenders

Association Adviser

Features Membership American Marketing Association ASAE Home Builders Association of Iowa Institute of Food Technology Jeff DeCagna Jenny Matthews John Graham members membership Risk and Insurance Management Society Russ Klein Sharon Kneebone Tennessee SAE High performing associations are focusing on the engagement level of their members—not how many dues bills they send out. The post Weeding Out Members From Pretenders appeared first on Association.

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Conference Circuit: Vino Veritas

Associations Now

The Iowa Wine Growers Association’s 2016 Annual Conference officially kicks off this weekend. Nearly 200 winemakers, grape growers, vineyard and winery owners, and others in the Iowa wine industry will gather together for two days to network, learn new information, and have a little fun.

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Membership Hack: A Tech Tool for Member Onboarding

Associations Now

The Iowa Lean Consortium is no stranger to project management essentials. Trello is a web-based app that’s popular for project management. One association uses Trello’s kanban boards, which visualize workflows, to onboard new members. How to hack it?

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Associations Boost Aid Efforts Amid Nebraska Flooding

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While the storm hit Iowa and other states hard as well, Nebraska suffered more than $1 billion in damage , NPR reported. Farming is a big part of the economy in Nebraska and Iowa, and many agricultural groups are supporting their own.

New Campaign Looks to Combat Misinformation in 2020 Elections

Associations Now

In a news release, NASS President Paul Pate, the Iowa secretary of state, noted that the initiative was an effort to put up a united front on an important, bipartisan issue.

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Best Benefit Ever: Hitting All the Pins

Associations Now

The offering is coming in handy for a number of state-level groups, including the Iowa Bowling Proprietors’ Association (IBPA) , which recently announced that it was giving its members access to the online courses for free.

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Want to Be an Effective Leader? Get a Full Night’s Sleep

Associations Now

Recent research from Iowa State University finds that people who lose a couple of hours of sleep might actually be more irritable, more likely to get angry, and possibly less able to adapt to tough situations.

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We Asked, You Answered: More Procrastination Remedies

Associations Now

Events Coordinator, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. A recent reader poll drew so many good responses on the question of procrastination that we had to do a second post. Maybe you’ll feel inspired after reading it to get to action yourself. Eventually we had to get back to the to-do list.

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For Member Onboarding, Think Outside the Inbox

Associations Now

The Iowa Lean Consortium took that approach last year. Email remains the most popular way to engage new members, but some associations are testing creative alternatives in an age of email fatigue.

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Trucking Groups Boost Effort to Fight Sex Trafficking

Associations Now

Kansas is currently reviewing a similar program in Iowa called the Iowa MVE Model. Two trucking associations and the Kansas attorney general have teamed up to prevent sex trafficking on the state’s highways, extending a program that is already assisting law enforcement in other states.

Big Ten Student Group Scores With Voter Registration Drive

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” Meanwhile, in a Huffington Post blog post , University of Iowa Student Body President Rachel Zuckerman argued that, for students, the initiative matters far beyond the top of the ticket this year.

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Renewables Groups Collaborate in Launching National Clean Energy Week

Associations Now

Most events will be held in DC that week, but related events over the next two months will be in Sea Island, Georgia; Baltimore; Minneapolis; Las Vegas; and Des Moines, Iowa.

Destinations Experiment With New Marketing Efforts

Associations Now

Late last month, the Greater Des Moines CVB combined efforts with the Greater Des Moines Partnership to showcase Iowa at the opening night of “The Bridges of Madison County” musical on Broadway. A look at how three U.S.

Infrastructure Group Warns of Slow Repairs to Nation’s Broken Bridges

Associations Now

Some states are worse off than others: Nearly one in five bridges in Iowa are structurally deficient, or 4,675 total—the largest number of deficiencies reported in a single state. The American Road & Transportation Builders Association says 38 percent of U.S.

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Gaming Association to Presidential Candidates: What’s Your Stance?

Associations Now

To make the information it receives from candidates most useful for industry employees, Freeman said AGA will compile the responses into a voter’s guide ahead of the Iowa caucuses in February.

Opening the Door to Government Members

Associations Now

Professionals who work in government remain critical for many associations, says Cindy Adams, president and CEO of the Iowa Society of CPAs. Complaints about the barrier to entry have been echoing around the Iowa statehouse.

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Corn Growers Group Plots Quick Response to Super Bowl Ad

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The Iowa Corn Growers Association also decried the ad. “As After a Bud Light ad put its members and the product they grow under attack, the National Corn Growers Association reacted quickly to protect its industry.

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What Can Associations Learn From Social Clubs?

Associations Now

One person keeping an eye on the trend is Leigh Zeitz, a past president of the Kiwanis Rough Risers in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and webmaster for the club’s blog. For decades, social clubs have brought people together, and today a new crop of venture-backed clubs is emerging.

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Mayors Take Strong Pledge Against Extremism, Bigotry

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Mayors from more than 270 cities —including major urban centers like New Orleans and Los Angeles and smaller towns like Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, and Dubuque, Iowa—signed the compact.

Measuring Success, Let’s get to the Point!


Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the Social Brand Forum in Iowa City, Iowa. Wake up, get ready, head to work, check your email. what can be checked off the checklist today? Work, work, work! Email campaign done, CHECK! Sound familiar? There’s something missing!

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How Associations Are Responding to Hurricane Matthew

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GoServ Global, an Iowa-based group organized to “rescue the vulnerable” in the island nation, suffered extreme damage to most of its Haiti facilities, the Des Moines Register reported last week. Tragedy in Haiti While the U.S.

Small Towns, Big Gesture: Bar Associations Push Law Students Back to Main Street

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The association launched the program last year, hopping off the work of a similar program in Iowa. In an effort to bring more lawyers to communities in need, the Nebraska State Bar Association has launched a program to place law clerks in small-town practices across the state.

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We Asked, You Answered: Mentors You Admire

Associations Now

Tammy is still with ARC, as the executive director of the Greater Northwest Iowa Area. We all have bosses, but over the course of a career only a few people stand out as taking a special investment in teaching, growing, and advancing the professional lives of others.

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Monday Buzz: Boost Engagement During Volunteer Week

Associations Now

KCCI, a TV station in Des Moines, Iowa, profiles how one man has spent nearly half a century with the American Heart Association. Make sure your volunteers are getting the most out of your programs. Plus: how to spot signs of poor leadership.

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Airport Group Highlights Members with Fresh Deck of Trading Cards

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For example, you may not travel through Iowa’s Sioux Gateway Airport often, but if you’re a collector, there’s a pretty good reason to stop by: The airport’s IATA code is SUX, and the airport (of course) sells swag highlighting that fact.

After Scandals, Nursing Home Group Pushes Social Media Policies

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This week, ProPublica reported on the case of an Iowa caretaker who used Snapshat to distribute embarassing photos of a resident.

Transportation Association: Drones Could Save Money and Time, Limit Drivers’ Headaches

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AASHTO, which released a video report along with the survey, noted that the association is planning to launch an upcoming series of webinars about the use of drones and will make them a key point of discussion at its spring meeting in Des Moines, Iowa , in May.

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

Associations Now

But even cities that couldn’t simply be excused as college towns, like Des Moines, Iowa, or Colorado Springs, Colorado, also did well on the list. 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. Yes, you’re probably aware that San Francisco or Seattle are tech hotbeds, but what about Huntsville, Alabama, or Lansing, Michigan?

Report: Goodwill Locations Hit By Credit-Card Breach

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The charitable nonprofit group reported evidence that its payment systems were recently attacked and announced an investigation. Although Goodwill stores in multiple states may have been affected, the nonprofit’s decentralized organizational structure could limit the damage.

Make a Plan Now for a Professional Development Day During the Holidays


Or, if competition is a factor, you could group members from non-competing markets into circles, for example, one member each from Oregon, Utah, Iowa, Texas, Ohio, Georgia, Maine, and Hawaii.

Hispanic Journalists: Trump’s Treatment of Univision Reporter Crosses Line

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Ramos, one of the most vocal critics of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s hard-line stance on immigration, was forcibly escorted out of a press conference in Dubuque, Iowa.

These Conference Presentation Myths Cramp The Attendee Experience

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Barb Licklider and Howard Shapiro at Iowa State University showed that active participation in engineering education increased learning, retention and cognitive thinking at a higher level. Most conference organizers see attendees as consumers of the conference’s information.

Say Cheese: Instagram at Meetings

Associations Now

The Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encouraged its attendees to use both Instagram and Vine—a video-sharing app—at its 2013 Annual Meeting. Snapping photographs that capture the excitement of a meeting is not an easy task.

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Drug Store Group Launches Immunization Initiative

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Hy-Vee, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Nebraska Health Network, and the University of Iowa Health Alliance.

Digital Natives or Digital Immigrants: Who Should Lead the Social Media Charge for Your Association?

Portage Group

When I read newly minted University of Iowa grad, Catherine Sloan''s blog post titled Why Every Social Media Manager Should be Under 25 , I have to admit I wondered for a minute there whether it was some kind of spoof from the Onion.Well, it wasn''t and after I chuckled my way through the post and the hail-storm of angry comments from the geezers (i.e.