Oregon Tech Association Pushes for Center for Cyber Excellence

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The association is asking the Oregon legislature for funding to create a new center that would help train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. The Technology Association of Oregon is asking legislators for $5.3

Oregon Electric-Car Group Eyes “Living Lab” Storefront

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The industry group Drive Oregon has a plan in the works to build a storefront that will highlight the value of both electric cars and the methods used to charge them. Drive Oregon received nearly $1 million in funding from the U.S. ” That point was underlined by Oregon Sen.

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Oregon State Bar Maps the Road to Greater Diversity

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The writing about diversity in the Oregon legal profession—or the lack of it—is literally on the wall in a Portland suburb. “Most days, when you call a lawyer, it’s not your best day,” Oregon State Bar spokeswoman Kateri Walsh told The Oregonian.

A Happy New Year for meetings?

Aaron Wolowiec

That’s why Christina Devlin, of MPI’s Oregon Chapter , may purchase a dedicated router to use onsite. 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.

Oregon Pot Edibles Group: Start Slowly

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That’s the recommendation of the Oregon Responsible Edibles Council (OREC), which is launching a public education campaign to correspond with the state’s decision to allow the public to purchase edibles from medical marijuana dispensaries for recreational purposes.

Best Benefit Ever: Here Comes the Sun

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The Oregon Farm Bureau gives its members a big discount on high-output solar panels designed specifically for farming or ranching. What is it?

3 Associations that Created Viral Videos

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Teach Me How to Brushy,” by the Oregon Dental Association. Several years ago, the Oregon Dental Association wanted to promote brushing and dental hygiene. Associations are using funny videos as a way of communicating and building awareness around their campaigns. Follow their cue.

How Wheat Producers Counteracted a GMO Crisis

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Last year an Oregon farmer noticed that some of the wheat in his field failed to react to the weed killer glyphosate, popularly known as Roundup. Facing a controversy that could have damaged industry efforts to introduce GMOs to the U.S.

Ready for the Solar Eclipse? Not Without Eye Gear, Associations Say

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Next month, the heavens will serve up a total solar eclipse viewable across the United States. As excitement builds over the rare spectacle, associations are warning about the risks of viewing the eclipse without the right protective gear.

Gratitude, Happiness, and Improvement

Smooth The Path

I am grateful that my work takes me to interesting places from friendly Ottawa, Canada to beautiful Portland, Oregon and even to hurricane-ravaged Marco Island, Florida. Did you ever feel like you should be happier than you were? I felt like that.

Report: Meetings Bring More Than Money to Host Cities

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For instance, Jacksonville, Florida, is an expert in aerospace, while Portland, Oregon, is mission-control for cleantech, and San Diego is a center for life sciences.

Summer-Fresh Meeting Ideas

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Other associations on the barbecue bandwagon this summer: the Minnesota Trucking Association and the Oregon Fuels Association. Meetings are making the most of the season to provide attendees with experiences that give a nod to their summer favorites.

Crisis Prep: When A Member Makes National News

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After the arrest of Oregon Cattlemen’s Association members Dwight and Steven Hammond sparked protests that led to national news coverage, OCA was forced to comment on the matter.

Ink on my Fingers

NonProfit University Blog

Just how was the state of Oregon cracking down on it the overhead costs of nonprofits ? Was Oregon’s Senate really saying that if you spend $.31, Funny what we will and won’t do, to what we can and can’t adjust. A voracious reader, I love my e-books.

Computing Association Elects First All-Women Slate of Officers

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Although the tech industry struggles with diversity, a group of women now leads the Association for Computing Machinery.

Proposal to Change New Jersey’s Self-Serve Gas Law Fuels Debate

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Convenience stores once supported the law, but now they’re ready for change—especially since just one other state, Oregon, has a similar law these days. Oregon is looking to loosen its ban at the moment, a change that younger residents strongly support.).

#MillionSolarStrong Campaign Celebrates Meteoric Growth in Solar Industry

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For example, it says that the million solar systems installed in the United States provide enough electricity to power the entire state of Pennsylvania, and they have cut enough carbon to equal all of Oregon’s emissions.

The Associations Giving Wastewater a Second Life

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In an experiment currently underway in Oregon, the state’s home brewers will create frosty suds out of treated sewage water.

How One Association Started a Conversation on Workplace Safety

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This is on par with other state bar surveys taken in Utah, Idaho, Kansas, Oregon, and North Carolina. After a tragedy that served as a wakeup call, the State Bar of Arizona worked to educate legal professionals on workplace safety and was recently awarded for its efforts.

How Associations Are Changing Up School Sunscreen Rules

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Similar measures were already on the books in California, New York, Oregon, and Texas, and legislators in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island are currently working on their own bills. You may not think of sunscreen as medication, but the FDA does, and so do many schools.

From Purgatory to Pioneers: Rebooting Associations

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Emigrants Crossing the Plains (or The Oregon Trail), Albert Bierstadt, 1869, courtesy of the Butler Institute of American Art. For many years now, Mitch Joel, president of marketing agency Twist Image, has been manning the lookout post for the rest of us.

American Bar Association Gives Members Leeway on Jurors’ Social Presences

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Beyond the New York City Bar, a handful of state and local bar associations have taken a formal stance on the issue, with Oregon’s largely matching the ABA’s, the AP reported.

The Corruption of Engagement

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The problem is: you don’t simply pick up a rifle, a wagon and a couple of oxen and call yourself a pioneer (my Oregon Trail analogies are rampant and unrestrained across all aspects of my life). Please welcome our newest regular columnist, Ryan Crowe.

Why We Give

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Deborah Small , an associate professor at Wharton , and her colleagues at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Oregon , conducted research that determined that when people have more facts about a charity they are less likely to give.

Five Global Meetings Megatrends

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For example, Portland, Oregon, recently announced it would offer free access to the region’s transit system to convention center attendees. A newly released German Convention Bureau study revealed big trends shaping the global meetings industry.

Put a Price Tag on Your Benefits

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Oregon Veterinary Medical Association. Don’t leave the value of your association’s member benefits open to question. Here’s why you should put dollar values on your benefits, plus a few examples of associations that are doing so.

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Lessons for Associations From the Decline of Groupon and LivingSocial

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Jessie Burke, owner of the Portland, Oregon-based Posies Cafe, said that using Groupon was “the single worst decision I’ve ever made as a business owner.”

Associations Sound Off on Trans-Pacific Partnership

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The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is a big proponent of the deal, seeing it as a way for Oregon producers to widen the scope of their operations. The landmark trade deal announced Monday between the U.S.

New Credit Union Network Creates Pathways for Young Professionals

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Working with young professionals’ organizations in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, the Northwest Credit Union Association recently launched its Northwest Young Professionals Network.

Fossil Fuel Lawsuit Pits Energy Groups Against Youth Activists

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District Court for the District of Oregon, demands that the court compel the government to put a plan in place that would lower carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere from 400 to 350 parts per million (ppm), by 2100, according to a report by EcoWatch.

Alpaca Association Works to Discourage Get-Rich-Quick Schemes

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In Oregon, one breeding operation called Jocelyn’s Alpaca Ranch drew a number of headlines earlier this year after 175 alpacas, many of them emaciated, were rescued.

Defensible Spaces

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Of those five, four happened at a nonprofit: Inland Regional Center, San Bernardino—14 dead, 27 wounded; Planned Parenthood , Colorado Springs: 3 dead, 9 injured; Umpqua Community Colleg e, Roseburg, Oregon, 9 dead, 9 injured; and Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church , Charleston, SC, 9 dead. I was going to write this week about the power of “thank you,” as it seemed very fitting coming off of Thanksgiving. But the mass shooting in San Bernardino earlier this week has diverted me.

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.

Fear and Social Media

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Paul Slovic , professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, identified the psychological factors that let us decide what to be afraid of and how afraid we should be. During CommPartners’ Social Learning session at #ASAE11, attention turned quickly to social media.

Happy, Healthy 2016: What’s Your Theme for the Year?

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Happy New Year ! I had a wonderful break – filled with fun, family, walking, hiking, reading, quiet, and reflection. How about you? Last year, I decided that I didn’t need to wait until New Year’s to establish happy, healthy habits in my life.

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This Calls for a Celebration: Milestones at Meetings

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In 1990, the Oregon Library Association asked its conference attendees to write down their predictions and visions for the future of libraries. There’s no better time to celebrate one of your association’s milestones—say its 50th or 100th anniversary—than at a conference.

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.

Foundation Funds Efforts to Eliminate Hunger, Food Waste

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One example is FOOD for Lane County in Eugene, Oregon. The Specialty Food Foundation recently awarded a $400,000 grant amongst 23 anti-hunger organizations so the groups could expand their important work. Twenty-three organizations working to eradicate hunger and food waste in the U.S.

How Two Nonprofits Use Social Media To Help Save Fish – #keepemwet #SaveMarinsCoho

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Yvon Chouinard – Founder of Patagonia, flyer fisherman, rock climber, surfer and COHO ACTIVIST! Posted by Catie Clune on Thursday, September 24, 2015.

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Computing Association Elects First All-Women Slate of Officers

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Although the tech industry struggles with diversity, a group of women now leads the Association for Computing Machinery.