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. The post Oregon Pot Edibles Group: Start Slowly appeared first on Associations Now

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 is working to build a permanent storefront in Portland to help draw attention to the benefits of electric cars in real-world use. Drive Oregon received nearly $1 million in funding from the U.S. ” That point was underlined by Oregon Sen.

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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. There is a measurable need for additional cybersecurity experts and overall increase in cyber expertise across the full gamut of industries in Oregon. One technology association is working to strengthen cyber capabilities in the state of Oregon by calling on the state’s legislature to fund a Center for Cyber-Excellence.

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. The wall is located at the headquarters of the Oregon State Bar, where a large-scale timeline was unveiled in November to chronicle more than 100 years of history and the landmark events and people that have begun to bring more diversity to the state’s predominantly white, male law offices and courtrooms.

SW Bend HOA to residents: No ‘solidarity’ or political signs, except at election time (OR)

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Some residents in southwest Bend’s River Rim neighborhood are reacting with concern to a board letter telling them that what are defined as ‘solidarity signs” must come down until election time. Read the article…………………………… Displays & Signs National Condo & HOA News Oregon Condo & HOA News

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. We know: It’s crunch time for you. Time to book all your conferences and events and finalize the budget. The past few months have been a bit harried, no doubt.

Cultural Alignment Key to Organizational Success

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Oregon and Ohio State are playing for the college football championship Monday (1/12/15) night. Oregon, too, emphasizes team. GoBucks ASAE association CFOs association executives association leadership College Football Championship Jamie Notter Maddie Grant Ohio State Oregon SCD Group Urban Meyer Both teams exhibit a specific culture. the way we do things.”

REGISTER TODAY: Preparing Your Association for the 2020 Elections

Moery Company

Nathan grew up in Oregon, earned his M.A. Is your association ready for the 2020 fall elections? The 2020 elections may not have received the usual amount of attention this spring due to the COVID19 pandemic. However, regardless of what’s going on or whether our country is ready, the fall elections are still happening.

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Trailblazing to ACLEA’s annual meeting.

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The Community Brands team is gearing up for our trip to ACLEA’s 54th Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. This post originally appeared on the Abila blog Forward Together, another member of the Community Brands family. The theme this year for the Association for Continuing Legal Education’s conference is “Blaze the CLE Trail.” ” Of course, there’s an informative. The post Trailblazing to ACLEA’s annual meeting. appeared first on YourMembership.

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. The Oregon Farm Bureau, teaming with the regional solar panel installer RS Energy , is offering its members a discount on solar-panel systems specifically for farmers and ranchers. What is it?

Hello, neighbor: What to include in a welcome packet for new residents


Erik Robinson is a senior community manager with Aperion Management Group, AAMC, in central Oregon. By Erik Robinson, CMCA, AMS. Moving into a community association, especially if you’ve never lived in one before, may seem daunting. There’s a lot to know—from governance, operations, and assessments to rules, architectural standards, amenities, and more. A well-crafted welcome packet can help simplify new residents’ lives.

Continue collections: HOAs must keep up with assessments even during a crisis


Maureen Radon is a senior community manager with Aperion Management Group, AAMC, in central Oregon. >>Read Contributed by Maureen Radon, CMCA. Facilities and finances probably weren’t top of mind for many community association residents before the COVID-19 outbreak. Now, as residents spend more time at home and household income possibly decreases, association expenses have come into focus. Are costs going down because the pool is off limits?

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. The associations generally support the eventual use of biotechnology in wheat but understood that the Oregon discovery caused alarm among some consumers and others concerned about the use of genetically modified organisms in the food supply. “We Facing a controversy that could have damaged industry efforts to introduce GMOs to the U.S.

3 Organizations Using Creative Social Media in Light of COVID-19

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Walking in Shedd’s footsteps, the Georgia Aquarium let Atlanta Humane Society puppies play in their Ocean Voyager exhibit, the Oregon Zoo allowed a porcupine to explore, the Maryland Zoo posted a video of a duck watching the penguin exhibit, and many more establishments used their down time to curate creative and entertaining social media content. Tensions run high as the world deals with the effects of COVID-19.

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. I honestly believe that what may have happened in that ranch in Oregon is that it started off with the best of intentions and then things got out of hand,” Pacific Northwest Alpaca Association President Chris Sturgeon told The Seattle Times in March.

In Wake of Deadly Shootings, Nonprofits Aid Local Communities

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Meanwhile, in Dayton, Ohio, where a man opened fire at a restaurant in the city’s Oregon District just after midnight Sunday, killing nine, the Dayton Foundation has created a fund for people wanting to donate to support victims of the shooting. Individuals who contribute to the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund can be assured that their donations will be distributed safely and responsibly as we continue to work with local officials in the days ahead.”.

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. The water resources management utility is working with the Oregon Brew Crew , a home brewers association based in Portland, on the Pure Water Brew Challenge, for which Clean Water Services will release 300 gallons of highly purified water to 20 home brewers in the club.

Conference Circuit: Safety First

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Top industry, academic, and government food-safety professionals will make their way to Oregon’s largest city get to information on current and emerging issues, find innovative solutions to new and recurring problems, and network with colleagues from around the world. Venue: Oregon Convention Center. Location: Portland, Oregon. Rundown Attendees: 2,800. Presentations: 900. Countries represented: 49. Special Contributors: 18.

It’s Time to Get Creative

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Oregon Dental Association. Despite the seemingly serious character of their work, the Oregon Dental Association put out a video that was just the opposite. How some associations are being bold with their marketing campaigns - and why it's working. People love to be surprised. When our familiar contexts are re-arranged, or we are met by the unexpected, we are provoked into feeling something new and unanticipated.

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. His blog, Six Pixels of Separation , is a constant in my RSS feed and his podcast is a regular on my phone. Mitch dedicates each podcast to a conversation with someone interesting from marketing, media or another connected world.

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. Laughter. It’s just one of the best things, isn’t it? Cummings once said, “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”

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Student and Law Enforcement Groups Respond to Recent Campus Shootings

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Incidents in Oregon, Arizona, and Texas have revived a discussion about laws regulating guns on campus and the special policing challenges that the university environment presents. On October 1, 10 people were shot and killed at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, followed on October 9 by incidents at Northern Arizona University , where a student allegedly wounded three people and killed one, and Texas Southern University , where one student was killed near the campus.

Florist Society’s Solution to Stress: A Little Flower Power

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The tour plans stops along the West Coast, including Portland, Oregon, and Seattle. The Society of American Florists is embracing its product’s ties to ‘60s hippie culture in a new chill-out marketing campaign. The Society of American Florists has a message for America: “Flower power” is back in style.

Jeff De Cagna joins ATA Board of Directors

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ATA, located in Portland, Oregon, exists to cure tinnitus through the development of resources that advance tinnitus research. Jeff De Cagna FRSA FASAE, chief strategist and founder of Principled Innovation LLC, has been elected to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA) Board of Directors. Tinnitus is the medical term for the perception of sound in one or both ears or in the head when no external sound is present. 50 million Americans experience tinnitus to some degree.

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. “We believe TPP will provide one more tool in our saddlebags to compete on the world stage,” OCA President Ray Sessler told My Central Oregon. The landmark trade deal announced Monday between the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim countries has significant implications for the global economy.

Brew Your Own: Homebrewers Association Launches Beer Clone Guide

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And the list isn’t just a bunch of obscure brands, either: It includes household names for craft beer drinkers, including Bell’s Two Hearted Ale (from Michigan), Brooklyn Brewery’s Brooklyn Lager (from New York), Left Hand Brewing Company’s Milk Stout (from Colorado), and Deschutes Brewery’s Black Butte Porter (from Oregon). The American Homebrewers Association is making available specific recipes for brewing small batches of popular craft beers.

Mortgage Broker Group Launches an AMC Subsidiary

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Three state-level groups have signed up thus far—the California Association of Mortgage Professionals, Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals, and Oregon Mortgage Association. The National Association of Mortgage Brokers will offer association management services to its affiliates around the country—and already has three state-level organizations under its belt. The National Association of Mortgage Brokers is getting into the AMC business in a big way.

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. Major industry groups have asked to join the federal government in a climate-change lawsuit filed by a youth-activist group.

Best Benefit Ever: Environmental Protection for Bicyclists

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The association leads volunteers and members in conducting field research ; offers insights into how to negotiate with stakeholders about the preservation of untamed, natural areas; and has supported initiatives to preserve wilderness in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, and Virginia. Prompted by a successful membership drive, we look at what keeps a bicycling association’s wheels spinning. What’s the benefit?

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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Governors to Congress: Stop ‘Fire Borrowing,’ Fix Wildfire Funding

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And California, Oregon, and Washington have each had to declare states of emergency after a major drought set the stage for near-record wildfires. “So far this year, over a million acres have burned in Oregon and Washington,” Carol Connolly of the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center told Reuters.

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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. When news broke that the eastern Oregon-based ranchers would serve an additional five years in prison, protests erupted, attracting national media attention.

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.). New Jersey is one of just two states to require full-service gas pumps—something a key association in the state hopes to change. Problem is, a prominent lawmaker is fighting new legislation tooth and nail.

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. My life was good and yet the slog of bill paying, dish washing, and all the other administrative tasks that make our lives work got me down. But I kept thinking, “this is the good life, shouldn’t I be enjoying it more?”

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. School rules restricting suncreen use lead to dangerous sun exposure for students, dermatology associations say—and they’re working to ensure kids are protected, one state at a time.

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. Some school districts are trying to allow educators and other employees to carry guns on campus, and many insurance carriers have threatened to raise premiums or cancel coverage entirely.

Roundup: Ballot Initiatives Make Breakthroughs on Election Night

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The midterms were particularly fruitful for marijuana legalization efforts, with Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, DC, passing laws legalizing the drug. Another issue being battled at the state level ended Tuesday largely in favor of biotech and grocery interests, with voters in Oregon and Colorado deciding against labeling foods that contain GMOs.

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

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” The group, which offers a resource page on its website, says that within the path of totality—a 70-mile-wide swath extending from Oregon to South Carolina—the eclipse can be viewed safely with the naked eye during the time that the moon completely covers the sun (about two minutes and 40 seconds, or less). Next month, the heavens will serve up a total solar eclipse viewable across the United States.

The Group Lobbying the States for a Presidential Popular Vote

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Some states, such as Oregon , just signed their measures into law; others, such as Maine, are making progress in that direction. The National Popular Vote has long made the case that there’s no reason that states have to stick with the electoral college—and has legislative success stories to show for it. We’re closer than ever to a popular vote in the United States—and a nonprofit might be the reason for the shift.

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. A new report from Meetings Mean Business and Skift shows that along with money, meetings bring fresh ideas and inspiration to their host cities, which have long-term impacts on shaping their economies and industries. Meetings are integral to associations and to host cities.