Montana Broadcasters Launch Suicide-Prevention Campaign

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The Montana Broadcasters Association has teamed up with the state governor to run PSAs on suicide—a major problem for the state. Montana has the third-highest suicide rate in the nation. The Montana Broadcasters Association decided to step up and do something about it—by using its reach to spread awareness through radio and TV spots. The association, along with the Montana Television Network and the Montana Radio Company, produced the spots, and they will run for a year.

Montana Wilderness Association: Take a Hike. Here’s a Guide

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The Montana Wilderness Association’s online trail-hiking guide offers a new way for avid hikers to spend a day on the trail. If you’re looking to take a hike in Montana, you won’t find a guide more detailed and informative than the one the Montana Wilderness Association recently created. The guide was created thanks to the work of the MWA, a grant from the Montana Office of Tourism, and a lot of elbow grease from volunteers around the state.

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PSC investigating North Star after homes abruptly lose water (MT)

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The Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) has opened an investigation into what led to the loss of water to the North Star Subdivision on Sunday Aug. 30. Read the article……………………………… Montana Condo & HOA News National Condo & HOA News

BRIDGE to safety: Parkview west gets a safety upgrade (MT)

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In the face of a fire, that’s precious time, risking lives and property.” Read the article………………………… Fire Safety Montana Condo & HOA News National Condo & HOA News Working With GovernmentThe May 1 commemoration of Karst Bridge – the one-lane bridge that serves as the only access to the neighborhood of 43 homes was the culmination of nearly two decades of hard work and the completion of a daunting financial puzzle. “To

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.18.20

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.28.20

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.11.20

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.31.20

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Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Economic outlook for associations. Please consider participating in Marketing General Inc.’s s (MGI) second annual Association Economic Outlook survey.

Membership Hack: Virtual Chapters

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Montana may be next. Chapters don’t always have to be about serving members in the same local community or state. At NIGP, the Institute for Public Procurement, virtual chapters connect members with similar interests from thousands of miles away. How to hack it? If you have chapters spread across the country or around the world, it’s not easy to go the distance and get members engaged.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.24.20

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Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Associations and the future of colleges. Jeff Cobb of Tagoras/Leading Learning asks a provocative but reasonable question: Could associations replace colleges? For many of us, the answer is a resounding “Yes.”

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.10.20

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Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… You know what really gets under my skin and makes me crazy?

Why Taking Breaks Is Crucial for Community Managers

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Some days you want to break every screen in front of you, join the National Park Service and spend three months manning a fire tower in Montana. Bottom line, you get more accomplished when you take breaks (and, your dreams won’t be limited to Montana fire towers). Being a community manager is extraordinary and exhausting. You get to connect and create, but you’re also drowning in information. Comments, requests, questions, emails. Notifications whooshing around at 90mph, all day.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.25.20

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Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… I’m not publishing Brain Food next Friday (10/2) because I’ll be hiking in southern Utah, so this edition includes all the events I know about in the next two weeks. Virtual conference communications survey.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.17.20

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Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Design thinking demystified. Are you just a tiny bit intimidated by the idea of design thinking? It’s okay, we’ve all been there.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.3.20

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Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… DEI education. WBT Systems opens their most recent post with a quote from Maya Angelou: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.26.20

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Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Inclusive conferences. Barbara Palmer at PCMA Convene lists eight ways conference organizers, sponsors, speakers and attendees can make conferences more racially diverse. There’s much work to be done and I hope that at last we’re all ready to do it. Implicit bias.

IRS Urged to Complete Donor Disclosure Rollback

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District Court for the District of Montana because the IRS did not go through a notice and comment period before making the change.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.21.20

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Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Diversity benchmarking. Association Success is running a survey to benchmark diversity in the association industry.

Rail Passengers Association Takes Message on a Field Trip, (Mostly) By Train

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The Gulf Coast is not the only place where advocates are encouraging the expansion of passenger rail: Efforts are also ramping up in Montana to restore passenger rail coverage in the southern part of that state.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.12.20

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Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Motivation and focus enhancer. If you’ve been distracted at work and dispirited by what’s going on in our country, WBT Systems has some timely advice: remember your purpose.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.29.20

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Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Reboarding members.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.15.20

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Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Benchmark survey on communicating in the current climate. Naylor and Association Adviser’s annual Association Communications Benchmarking Study is now open to association professionals.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.8.20

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Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Chapter virtual events. Chapters have always had the face-to-face advantage but now even they must get on the virtual bandwagon.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.7.20

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Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, I’m attending the virtual ASAE Annual Meeting during the day and The Echo Hangout during the evening. Will I see you there? Young professionals working from home.

Governors Association Helps Members Leverage Possibilities of the Great Outdoors

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Governors from a number of states, including Maine, Oregon, Vermont, Montana, and Nevada, took part in the network’s launch last week. The National Governors Association’s new Outdoor Recreation Learning Network will help state leaders share strategies for maximizing one of their greatest resources: nature. The 50 states have a lot of the great outdoors to share, protect, and promote.

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Conservation Groups Set Bold Goal: A Million Bison or Bust

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This week, the National Bison Association announced a new campaign called “Bison 1 Million” at the International Bison Conference in Big Sky, Montana. The National Bison Association and other conservation groups are making a long-term push to more than double the number of bison in North America. Their goal? One million bison by 2027. It’s been a good long time since there have been a million bison in North America.

Humility as a Strategic Necessity

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I was interested in seeing how it recently played out in a more concrete way for a group of associations in Montana. The effort was led by the Montana School Boards Association (MTSBA), which helped generate videos and present factsheets (PDF) about the initiative. That approach worked: Last month Montana’s governor signed the bill the coalition had lobbied for. We prize decisiveness and a sense of command in leaders.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.1.20

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Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… For the last six weeks, virtual events have been the focus of my reading and writing time—which is why you’ve seen the topic popping up so frequently here and on my Twitter stream too. So, I’m sorry or you’re welcome, whichever one applies. Virtual worlds for association events.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.22.20

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Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… New member onboarding. Does your association have a new member onboarding, orientation or welcoming program? If you do, please participate in the 2020 New Member Engagement Survey from Amanda Kaiser (Kaiser Insights) and Dynamic Benchmarking.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.19.20

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Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Inclusion advice. A fellow NAHB alum and friend, Lakisha Woods, CAE, has three pieces of advice to share in her “Letter of Thanks and Ideas for Growth from an African-American CEO.”. Inclusion strategy.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.24.20

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Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Zoom fatigue—or is it? I’m reading a lot about “Zoom fatigue” these days, which concerns me because associations are relying on Zoom (and other web-conferencing platforms) to educate and connect members to each other. Evan Selinger says the problem isn’t Zoom fatigue, it’s mourning life as we know it. Makes sense.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.5.20

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Allen Lloyd, CAE, Executive Director, Montana Society of CPAs. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… What a week. This tweet summed it up for me. It feels somewhat like that week in March when the impact of COVID-19 hit us all. It’s been hard to focus. I find myself staring blankly at whatever I’m writing while my mind is far away.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.4.20

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Seven Simple – Yet Powerful – Tips to Grow Facebook Engagement

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Polar Bears International, a Montana-based organization dedicated to saving these striking creatures, launched a successful social action campaign during Polar Bear Week, annually held the first week of November. Guest post by Drew Bernard, CEO at ActionSprout. ———-. Can a few simple modifications to a social action drastically improve the number of supporters driven to action?

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Little Big League: Association Keeps Adults Playing Ball

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In a lot of ways, a bit of the Little League spirit is carried into adulthood—though some players bring serious skills to the game, such as former Green River Community College player John Dauenhauer, who now plays in the NABA league around Billings, Montana. “It Over more than two decades, the National Adult Baseball Association has given grown-up players who miss the game the chance to recapture a bit of their childhood.

How Wheat Producers Counteracted a GMO Crisis

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In the middle of the investigation, a second GMO wheat situation arose in Montana, involving a former Monsanto testing site. Facing a controversy that could have damaged industry efforts to introduce GMOs to the U.S. wheat supply, two trade groups focused on their messaging to reassure their members and the public. It was a discovery that shook the markets.

Court Ruling on Donor Disclosure Rule Creates Confusion for Nonprofits

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Last week, a federal judge in Montana said the IRS had not properly sought public comment last year before it rescinded a longstanding requirement that most nonprofits disclose their large donors (those who give $5,000 or more in a year) to the federal government. Two states, Montana and New Jersey, challenged the action in court, claiming that the IRS had not given proper notice of the rulemaking or invited public comment.

Seven Simple – Yet Powerful – Tips to Grow Facebook Engagement

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Polar Bears International, a Montana-based organization dedicated to saving these striking creatures, launched a successful social action campaign during Polar Bear Week, annually held the first week of November. ———-. Can a few simple modifications to a social action drastically improve the number of supporters driven to action? Here’s a great example of how one organization improved the performance of their Facebook social actions by 300%.

Brewers Association Pours Investment Into Improving Beer Quality

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To that end, the Brewers Association (BA) has awarded a $120,000 grant— its largest ever —to Montana State University (MSU) and NSF International Applied Research Center (ARC) to investigate draught beer-line cleaning. Brewers take pride in the quality of their beer. That’s why the Brewers Association is sinking its largest-ever grant into how to properly maintain draught lines at restaurants and bars.

Baucus Move to China Could Derail Tax Reform

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An early departure by Baucus would also allow Montana Gov. Tax reform might be in trouble—or at least delayed. Max Baucus, the head of the Senate’s tax-writing committee, is expected to be nominated as the next ambassador to China. His departure could put the brakes on tax code revisions planned for next year.