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

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: 7.31.20

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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: 8.14.20

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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.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.28.20

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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… Racial diversity in events.

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.

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.

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?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.18.20

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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… Association marketing.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.11.20

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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… Virtual conference pricing.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.12.20

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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.

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: 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.

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.

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: 8.7.20

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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.

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.

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.

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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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: 10.9.20

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.1.20

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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?

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?

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Medical Societies Speak Out on Proposed Aid-in-Dying Bills

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Vermont, Oregon, Washington, and Montana, along with California, have passed such bills.). Though the California Medical Association has taken a neutral stance, other groups in the U.S. and Canada resist supporting physician-assisted suicide. More states are considering following the lead of California and four other states in crafting legislation that would allow physicians to assist in the deaths of terminally ill patients.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.4.20

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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… Virtual sponsors/exhibitors.