Kentucky Distillers Bring Class to First Membership Drive

Associations Now

Making a Big Bet Distilleries across Kentucky have big long-term plans for their main product. “We’re in the largest expansion mode since the end of prohibition,” Kentucky Distillers’ Association President Eric Gregory told ABC News. With the bourbon industry in the midst of a big expansion, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association is pulling out all the stops in hopes of getting new distilleries in the state to join.

A Happy New Year for meetings?

Aaron Wolowiec

We are finding room rates escalating,” said Kevin Beckman, director of strategic accounts for Crowne Plaza Hotel Louisville, and a member of the MPI Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter. “We The champagne is chilling and we’re pumped to watch the ball drop as we find ourselves humming “Auld Lang Syne.”. 2015 is nearly here. Maybe not quite so exciting for event planners, however. We know: It’s crunch time for you. Time to book all your conferences and events and finalize the budget.

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Distillers Turn Kentucky Bourbon Trail Into Major Driver of Tourism

Associations Now

According to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tourism program drew nearly 900,000 visitors last year, a double-digit improvement from 2014. Tennessee may have Jack Daniel’s, but the Kentucky bourbon industry has a pretty strong trump card of its own: lots of interest from tourists. “The growth and impact of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is advancing Kentucky tourism beyond our wildest dreams.

Conference Circuit: Water Professionals

Associations Now

More than 1,700 water industry professionals from Tennessee and Kentucky are headed to Louisville this weekend to take part in technical sessions, network with each other, and see the latest equipment in action. Organizations: Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association and Kentucky/Tennessee Section of the American Water Works Association. Venue: Kentucky International Convention Center. City: Louisville, Kentucky. Rundown Attendees: 1,700 plus.

A Bourbon Affair: Association Celebrates America’s ‘Native Spirit’

Associations Now

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association is hosting a five-day Kentucky Bourbon Affair this week in honor of the 50th anniversary of Congress declaring the drink America’s “native spirit.” To celebrate the anniversary, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association is hosting a five-day Kentucky Bourbon Affair. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail, a tour of some of the state’s most famous distilleries established by KDA in 1999, brings in about 650,000 people a year, Gregory said.

Meet Your Community Manager: Will Machin

Higher Logic

Will was born and raised in Kentucky before attending Indiana University in Bloomington. Ever wonder who the people behind the curtain are here at Higher Logic? We're introducing you to our community managers. They’ll talk about why they love community management, helpful resources to use and weigh in on the dog versus cat debate (as you can see, this is serious stuff…). In this sixth installment, we’re introducing our newest community manager, Will Machin.

Why People Love This Association’s Membership Mascot

Associations Now

At the Kentucky Pharmacists Association, Roamey the Gnome is popular guy. Bob McFalls, executive director and CEO at the Kentucky Pharmacists Association, can add one more hat to his rack: Gnome caretaker. Post by Kentucky Pharmacists Association. He’s been all over Kentucky, McFalls says, and even as far as some national pharmacy-industry meetings in Austin, Texas; Orlando, Florida; and Washington, DC.

May Social Media Ideas for Associations

GrowthZone

5 Kentucky Derby. May the Fourth Be with You, Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and Cinco de Mayo are just a few May holidays. Holiday observances are a great way to keep your association’s social media feeds active. Check out these May themes to spark ideas: Monthly Observances. Nurses’ Month. Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Teen Self Esteem Month. Bike Month. 30 More Ideas for Association Social Media Posts ». Weekly Observances. Apr 29 – May 5 Small Business Week. May 6-14 Pet Week.

Lessons From a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the World’s Biggest Events

Associations Now

These are some heavy hitters: the Westminster Dog Show, the Kentucky Derby, the Chanel haute couture fashion show, and the esports championship League of Legends. During the Kentucky Derby episode, planners have to deal with heavy rain the day of the race, which results in some last-minute changes. The Netflix documentary series 7 Days Out takes viewers behind the scenes in the week leading up to some of the world’s most famous events.

Radio Incubator Shows How to Cultivate Tomorrow’s Talent

Associations Now

One way to do that is to sponsor a talent institute like the one the Kentucky Broadcasters Association is hosting this week. The Kentucky Broadcasters Association is doing just that, teaming up with the National Radio Talent System to host a 10-day institute for 16 college students from across the state. For many associations, cultivating their profession’s next generation is a critical component of their mission.

Hemp Industry Brings Momentum to Annual History Week

Associations Now

In Kentucky, the Drug Enforcement Administration seized seeds that were to be used in a pilot program at the University of Kentucky. “Through the pilot programs in Colorado and Kentucky, we’re regaining the knowledge of how to best grow the crop, how to process it, develop the infrastructure needed for manufacturing, and collecting data on the booming hemp market to prepare farmers and businesses for the commercial hemp industry poised to take off in the U.S.”

Boozing, Bribing and Brawling on Election Day

Reid All About it

To reduce voter fraud, cities and states started to adopt the secret ballot, beginning with Louisville, Kentucky in 1888. The ugliness of this election has certainly caused a lot of boozing. Bribing? Not touching that one. And brawling? I guess we’ll see. But the title of this post doesn’t refer to the election tomorrow, I’m talking about the wild elections of the past. Things could be worse, folks. Boozing it up with George.

Meet You in Nashville: Celebrating Craft Beer at #ASAE14

Reid All About it

His insider’s tip: “If they have it, get a Kentucky Bourbon Ale. I always have high hopes of getting to a lot of breweries when I’m at a conference, but it rarely happens. If you have more free time than I do, I hope you can hoist one for me. Or just grab me and make me come with you! Downtown breweries. Czanns (no website, Facebook , Twitter ). Pronounced “Zahnz”, they specialize in “easy to drink beers that don’t try to blow your head off with hops.”

State Bar Association Moves to Address Lawyer Suicides

Associations Now

At least a dozen Kentucky lawyers have committed suicide since 2010—half of those in the last year—prompting the state bar association to speak out and act on the issue. There is such pressure on [lawyers] that it is critical to acknowledge the danger signals for depression when they occur,” Kentucky Bar Association President Doug Myers wrote in a recent edition of the KBA’s Bench & Bar journal [PDF], addressing a rash of suicides among attorneys in the state over the past year. “As

Association Puts a Face on the Effects of Sequestration

Associations Now

Created in partnership with Curators Without Borders (CWB), a nonprofit that creates and implements educational exhibitions, outreach, and advocacy campaigns for underserved communities, “Lost Opportunities: A Lens on Head Start and the Sequester,” includes images from Head Start programs in California, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, and South Dakota. Tommy Hagan oversees a newly leased Audubon Area Head Start warehouse facility in Owensboro, Kentucky.

If You’re Looking for a Job, Look Inland, Lists Say

Associations Now

The Midwest is likewise heavily represented on Glassdoor’s list, with three Ohio cities in the top 10, and four others in Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee. Two new reports suggest that Midwestern and Southern cities have a better balance of job openings and cost of living than their coastal counterparts. If you’re in the job market, you might want to head to Pittsburgh—especially if you’re just starting out in your career.

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Horse Racing Groups Denounce Top Trainer Over Animal Mistreatment

Associations Now

Days ahead of the Kentucky Derby, horse racing is facing a scandal that could change the face of the game forever after a PETA exposé appeared to show trainer Steve Asmussen’s team using inhumane medical treatments to make his horses go faster. With the Kentucky Derby just days away, one of horse racing’s most decorated trainers, Steve Asmussen, is facing serious questions from the sport over allegations that he mistreated his animals.

It’s a Snap: Adding Snapchat to Your Event’s Engagement Strategy

Associations Now

NBC Sports is making Snapchat a central part of its coverage of this weekend’s Kentucky Derby. Last year 16 million viewers tuned in to watch the 141st Kentucky Derby. Here’s why it’s time for your association to consider doing the same at its events. And as the 20 horses competing in this weekend’s race, including favorite Nyquist, take their positions just before the 6:34 p.m. post time, millions of people will once again be glued to their TV.

Can associations vote by email?

AMR Management Services

Most state non-profit corporation statutes, including Kentucky where AMR Management Services is headquartered, only permit boards of directors to act through a meeting (in-person or via teleconference) or through “unanimous written consent.” by Brian Reuwee. Recently, a question from a client arose regarding whether email voting or online balloting is permitted by the association's board of directors.

Making Introductions: Landmen Group Launches “Meet Us” Campaign

Associations Now

The group focused its efforts on markets near major shale plays like Marcellus (New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia), New Albany (Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky), and Haynesville-Bossier (Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas), among others. Facing negative media depictions and a lack of knowledge about their profession, the American Association of Professional Landmen launched campaign to help the public—especially landowners—get to know them. Early returns have been promising.

How Associations Are Responding to Hurricane Matthew

Associations Now

Members of the Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives offered assistance in response to the storm, while workers, organized by the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives , headed east to help with the power-restoration efforts. Tragedy in Haiti While the U.S. recovers from Hurricane Matthew, a nonprofit that had a significant support base in Haiti finds itself needing to rebuild.

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

Associations Now

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.

Lessons From 25 Years at One Association

Associations Now

She had worked as a press secretary and business journalist in Kentucky, and NTA seemed like an intriguing new venue for her writing. “I Catherine Prather has worked at the National Tour Association for 25 years. Soon she will take on the CEO role. As she prepares, she shares some of the steps that got her there. When Catherine Prather joined the staff of the National Tour Association in 1994, she was the quintessential person who “just fell into” association management.

In By a Nasal Strip: Association Gives Race OK to California Chrome

Associations Now

” As the nasal strips, which California Chrome wore during his wins at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, had not been approved under this rule, the horse’s trainers might have decided not to let the horse run without the strip, which is believed to open up the horse’s airflow.

Physical Education Group Launches Advocacy Resources for Teachers

Associations Now

When it comes to advocacy, one of SHAPE America’s state affiliate organizations, the Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, has been a posterchild. The Society of Health and Physical Educators added state advocacy toolkits to its website, which aim to help health and physical education teachers promote programs in their own schools and communities.

Firearms Group, Suicide Prevention Group Join Forces to Save Lives

Associations Now

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

Associations Now

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.

March Madness for Nonprofits: How Brackets for Good Went National

Associations Now

Then the contest expanded to other college towns—first Louisville, Kentucky, in 2015, and then three more Midwestern towns last year. Brackets for Good, the Indianapolis-based “competitive giving” nonprofit, has grown from a creative local fundraising strategy into a formidable national tournament of its own. The NCAA isn’t the only Indianapolis-based organization managing a high-profile bracket on a national scale this year.

Ambulance Association Honors Heroes

Associations Now

They included paramedics who responded to the San Bernardino terrorist attack, an EMT who singlehandedly provided initial triage to pedestrians hit by a car on a busy sidewalk on the Las Vegas strip, and a paramedic who responded to a school bus accident in Kentucky in which three children died and several were injured. The American Ambulance Association’s “Stars of Life” program recognizes heroes, showcases the profession’s good work, and builds relationships with legislators.

County Clerk Associations in Hot Spot Over Same-Sex Marriage

Associations Now

And Chris Jobe, the president of the Kentucky County Clerk’s Association and the clerk of Lawrence County, found his county in the middle of a debate over the high court ruling. Last month’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage put county clerk associations in a difficult spot, in some cases forcing association leaders to begin accepting marriage licenses in their own counties even if it goes against their personal convictions.

As United Airlines Controversy Dies Down, Groups Make Case for Overbooking

Associations Now

Initially, reports stated that the flight with passenger David Dao was overbooked, but it turned out the airline decided it had to make room for aircraft crew needed in Louisville, Kentucky, the next day. With the treatment of United Airlines passenger David Dao putting negative attention on airline practices, industry groups are making the case that the practice of overbooking—which is getting additional scrutiny as a result of the incident—has an important place.

Next Up for Antidoping Regulators: Horse Racing

Associations Now

Horse-racing groups that have previously opposed regulation—including the Jockey Club, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, and the Breeders’ Cup—are backing the new bill. Organizations in the sport of horse racing appear to be mostly ready to embrace a new antidoping bill that would replace a patchwork of rules governing what drugs horses may be given on race day. While a broad coalition is starting to form around the measure, not everyone’s convinced.

Exhibition Group’s Advocacy Day Goes Global

Associations Now

For example, participants from Association of Equipment Manufacturers visited legislators from both their home state of Wisconsin and the locations of the group’s annual meetings: Kentucky and Nevada. The International Association of Exhibitions and Events took its Exhibitions Day global through a new partnership with its sister association UFI. Three years ago the International Association of Exhibitions and Events launched its Exhibitions Day to help U.S.

How to Manage Social Employees, Social Media at Events, and Car Talk

Mizz Information

I have to say that the meeting was awesome, even though it's plenty hot and humid enough in DC; I could have done without Kentucky heat and humidity. Whew, this summer has been way too busy for my liking. This is the first summer I think basically ever where I have no summer vacation planned, and I have to say it's kind of depressing.

How to Manage Social Employees, Social Media at Events, and Car Talk

Mizz Information

I have to say that the meeting was awesome, even though it's plenty hot and humid enough in DC; I could have done without Kentucky heat and humidity. Whew, this summer has been way too busy for my liking. This is the first summer I think basically ever where I have no summer vacation planned, and I have to say it's kind of depressing.

Report: Major Hotel Chains Hit by Long-Term Data Breach

Associations Now

The company’s statement listed the affected hotels—located in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia—and stated it will offer credit monitoring services to customers affected by the breach. White Lodging Services Corp. says that 14 hotels it manages—including some in the Holiday Inn and Marriott families—suffered a credit and debit card data breach last year that lasted nine months.

KFC's Recipe for Success ? It's All Local ? GrowGlobally.org

GlowGlobally

Here is the secret recipe from the Kentucky Colonel. GrowGlobally.org. global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. About. Channels. MarCom. Market & Biz Plan. Meetings. Membership. Products. Public Affairs. Services. « Victory for Egypt’s Professional Class? Be Aware of Recent VAT Tax Changes in Europe » Feb. KFC’s Recipe for Success – It’s All Local. Categories: Market & Bus Planning.

Stronger by Association: AMR Promotes, Hires Additional Staff

AMR Management Services

Smither graduated from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in Corporate and Organizational Communications. Along with a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Strategic Marketing from the University of Kentucky, Franklin brings experience in event planning and graphic design to the position. and Kentucky. Kentucky Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Pages. CONTRIBUTORS. AMR MANAGEMENT SERVICES. Tuesday, April 3, 2012.

Association Blasts Medicare for Paying Unlicensed Prosthetics Providers

Associations Now

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics reports that 15 states currently have certification laws: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.

ATV Groups to Enthusiasts: Stay Off the Roads

Associations Now

In comparison, Kentucky, which has slightly fewer residents than Colorado, topped the list with 122 fatalities over that period. Despite a push in some states to allow all-terrain vehicles to share the road with cars and trucks, industry groups are telling ATV fans that safety should be the leading concern. They call ‘em off-road vehicles for a reason.