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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.


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[Webinar] Mission Critical: How One Association Transformed its Live Event to Virtual in Record Time

Velvet Chainsaw

When their reimagined conference couldn’t take place in Portland, Ore., This is not a typical story. The American Association of Suicidology’s annual meeting had been growing steadily in recent years.

A Year in Photos

Thanks For Playing

Louis, San Diego, Kansas City, Portland, Fort Lauderdale I tried not to take pictures of myself (two, neither of my face) or people in general (very few), my meals (although there are food photos), or my cat (less successful there). My resolution in 2012 was to do Photo365 , which I documented on a Tumblr. I started a little before January 1, 2012 and took at least one photo nearly every day for the entire year.

Jeff De Cagna joins ATA Board of Directors

Principled Innovation

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.

Conference Circuit: Safety First

Associations Now

The International Association for Food Protection’s 2015 Annual Meeting heads to Portland later this week. Location: Portland, Oregon. The pass is valid on MAX light rail, streetcars, and buses in the city of Portland—making it easy for attendees to get to hotels, the convention center, the airport, or other offsite venues. Rundown Attendees: 2,800. Presentations: 900. Countries represented: 49. Special Contributors: 18.

2020 ASAE Virtual Annual Meeting & Exposition Breaks Event Registration Record


Travel Portland. Viva Las … Virtual ? Originally slated to take place in Las Vegas, the 2020 ASAE Annual Meeting had to change plans due to ongoing problems with COVID-19. With little time to switch gears, ASAE pivoted and just wrapped up its first-ever 100% VIRTUAL annual meeting.

Conference Circuit: Western Arts Alliance

Associations Now

WAA 2019 begins on Monday morning with an opening plenary featuring Lisa Bates, director of the Center for Urban Studies at Portland State University. Rundown Attendees: 700 plus. Exhibits: 180. Learning options: 20 plus. The Western Arts Alliance’s 2019 Annual Conference starts next week. Attendance is expected to top 700.

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

Associations Now

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.

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?”

Craft Brewers Have a Can Problem

Associations Now

I spent probably four very sleepless nights, literally, wondering if we were going to be able to continue with our most popular brand,” said Heather Sanborn, the owner of Portland, Maine’s Rising Tide brewery, in comments to the Portland Press Herald. While the can has made a comeback in recent years as the vessel of choice for craft brewers, industry groups say recent changes in the canning industry—particularly involving a single manufacturer—threaten to crush the trend.

Best Benefit Ever: Here Comes the Sun

Associations Now

Members who install the system will save anywhere from $14,515 to $165,144, according to the bureau, and will be able to take advantage of of federal tax credits and a cash incentive for customers of Portland General Electric or Pacific Power. The Oregon Farm Bureau gives its members a big discount on high-output solar panels designed specifically for farming or ranching. What is it?

KiKi's Unofficial ASAE Annual 2016 Party List (a.k.a. How to Never Be Alone at #ASAE16)

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

Every year, for the past several years, I make it a point to attend the ASAE Annual Conference. This conference is where anyone involved with associations and nonprofits can connect with others working in that space. Because it is the best way to catch up with the "Who's Who" of the association world. To be sure, ASAE Annual promises opportunities in learning and networking. It also promises a ton of parties in all shapes and sizes.

Maine Tourism Group Launches Service to Help Members Find Employees

Associations Now

In a statement to the Portland Press Herald , executive director Chris Fogg said that MTA is planning to cast a wide net to fill the employment need, especially by bringing in workers from other states. “We’ve The Maine Tourism Association is casting a wide net to help its members find workers during the state’s busy season. The state’s hospitality industry is feeling a crunch due to limitations on the use of temporary worker visas.

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Book Review: Sharing Cities – Activating the Urban Commons

Beth Kanter

This project is a lending library for home cooks in Portland, Oregon. Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons is a collection of 137 case studies and policies in 11 categories how self-organized, democratic, and people-powered policies and initiatives can help solve some of the most thorny problems we face around the world in urban areas. The problems include inequality, climate change and fiscal challenges.

Mixed Support for New York City’s New Sodium Warning

Associations Now

Consumers should have the same access to nutrition information from Portland, Maine, to Portland, Oregon.”. When New York City became the first place in the country to require chain restaurants to post a warning next to high-sodium items, a number of associations came out both for and against the new rule. On December 1, New York City became the first city in the U.S.

In Loving Memory of My Mom, Ruth D. Kanter (My Mom)

Beth Kanter

To honor her memory, I’m rais ing money for NTEN to offer diversity, local, and general scholarships for the 19NTC in Portland. In Loving Memory of Ruth D. Kanter. My mom passed away peacefully last month a few months shy of her 90th birthday. My mom was generous and supportive of everyone in her life and those less fortunate than her. Even though I lived 3,000 miles away, I was blessed to get to spend time with her in the last five years since my Dad died.

Oregon Electric-Car Group Eyes “Living Lab” Storefront

Associations Now

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. 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. The initiative is being funded by a federal grant from the U.S. Energy Department. Does the process of selling electric cars need to be a bit more hands-on?

Report: Meetings Bring More Than Money to Host Cities

Associations Now

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.

Associations Help East Coasters Weather Winter Storm

Associations Now

Paul LePage declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, the Maine Snowmobile Association began preparing snowmobile drivers to transport first responders to work should roads become impassable, according to the Portland Press Herald. Although the predicted blizzard of historic proportions failed to materialize in many places, associations worked to ensure millions of people along the East Coast were prepared for the worst.

Happy Giving Tuesday: How Board Members Participate

Beth Kanter

A donation to the NTC scholarship fund will help professionals make it to the 2019 Nonprofit Technology in Portland. Before I take you behind the scenes of our NTEN board fundraiser for Giving Tuesday , let me ask you to consider to a donation of any size to support NTEN and the Nonprofit Technology Conference Scholarship campaign. Donor Perfect is matching the next $3,000 that is donated).

These Are the World’s Best Airports

Associations Now

Among other honored airports were Maine’s Portland International, in the Best Airport by Region, under 2 million travelers per year (North America), category, and Saskatoon International in Saskatchewan, Canada, for Best Improvement by Region, North America. The release of the latest Airport Service Quality awards, announced recently by Airports Council International, shows that U.S. airports have a lot of improving to do to catch up with their international neighbors.

The Associations Giving Wastewater a Second Life

Associations Now

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. It may be one of the most difficult messaging challenges in the association world, but groups focused on both water purification and home brewing say that drinking filtered wastewater is a much better idea than it sounds.

Where’s ASAE?

Association Okie

Portland. Let’s play a little “Where’s Waldo” with ASAE. We know where ASAE’s Annual Meeting & Expo are scheduled for the next 7 years: St. Louis – August 6-9, 2011, Dallas – August 11-14, 2012 , Atlanta – August 3-6, 2013, Nashville – August 9-12, 2014 , Detroit – August 8-11 2015, Salt Lake – August 13-16, 2016, Toronto – August 12-15, 2017. So where should they be going after this string runs out? And yes, I know that cities bid to host).

Good News For Celiacs: Barley-Based Beer Gets Association’s OK

Associations Now

More details: About the beer: Omission Beer’s lager and pale ale , offered by the Portland, Oregon-based Craft Brew Alliance , take a different approach to getting rid of gluten than other beers on the market that are made from grains other than barley and hops.

Maine Group Takes on Governor’s “Misleading” Comment About Nonprofits

Associations Now

Speaking to Portland-based WSCH-TV , newly reelected Gov. A Contradiction? One point that MANP Executive Director Scott Schnapp makes in his blog post is that the governor’s comment directly contradicts a MANP questionnaire [PDF] that he had recently filled out. LePage noted his work with nonprofits over the years, most recently those involved in domestic violence. “The work that nonprofits do in Maine is critical,” he wrote in the questionnaire.

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New Research: Majority of Americans are Angry Drivers 

Associations Now

Portland. Last week, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a new study, in which nearly 80 percent of drivers admitted to anger, aggression, and road rage at least once in the past year. In its annual Traffic Safety Culture Index [PDF] , the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released some startling statistics about Americans sitting behind the wheel. They’re angry—and in some cases, aggressive. Best & Worst Cities for Road Rage. Least Courteous Drivers. Houston. Atlanta.

Will the Sharing Economy Catalyze New Forms of Philanthropy?

Beth Kanter

In March, Airbnb announced a plan “ Shared City ,” a multi-faceted collaboration designed to give back to the communities it serves — beginning with the city of Portland, Ore. After I attended Catalyzing the Sharing Economy conference (the sharing economy is defined as the use of networked, mobile, information technology to share goods and services), I shared a post with some notes and ideas about why I think it is the next generation of networked social change.

Lessons for Associations From the Decline of Groupon and LivingSocial

Associations Now

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.” For years, Groupon and its main competitor, LivingSocial, were buzzy, profitable businesses—and they were built on benefits for consumers. Now, the two companies, both struggling, are merging. Why did the bubble burst, and what does it mean for associations?

Conference Circuit: A Landmark Event in the Fight Against AIDS

Associations Now

July 20-24: Everything you’d ever need to know about open source, or all of the available industry luminaries you’d want to talk to, will be descending upon Portland, Oregon, for OSCON , O’Reilly Media’s Open Source Convention. Experts, activists, and those infected with HIV will soon join forces during the 20th International AIDS Conference. Plus: An open forum for open source.

Friday Buzz: SXSW, a Year After Tragedy

Associations Now

Cool community startup of the day: The Portland-based community app Switchboard wants to make it dead simple to start an online community for any reason. The festivities will go on in Austin, Texas, starting this weekend, after a deadly crash at last year’s event—but expect SXSW to be toned down this year. Also: Let’s talk about your IT maturity score. Last year, one of the country’s hottest events took a tragic turn.

Maine Lobstermen Soften Shell of Longstanding Antitrust Regulations

Associations Now

When the rules were enacted, in 1958, the goal was to prevent price-fixing, but the group says the efforts have gotten long in the too … er, claw, with a lawyer for the association, Mary Anne Mason, pointing out to the Portland Press Herald that antitrust laws have largely dealt with the issue. The Maine Lobstermen’s Association says a decades-old consent decree regulating the group is out-of-date and limits the group’s ability to advocate for its members.

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Are you dying to be the real you?

Holly Duckworth

Jim Cacabelos was a powerful meeting professional and Chris Korsgaard the founder of the Portland Gay men’s chorus. My heart paused twice this week when I learned two different friends passed away. While I knew both of these men I did not know them well. I knew the good work they were choosing to lead in the world. These men came to this planet in service to the world.

City-Based Manufacturing Groups Promote Their Economic Might

Associations Now

In the past five years, such groups have sprung up in San Francisco , Portland , Cincinnati , Seattle , and elsewhere, taking advantage of Americans’ growing interest in locally sourced products. A recent campaign by the trade group Made in NYC is seen as a model for other organizations looking to attract businesses—and favorable zoning rules. Big manufacturing groups cast a long shadow when it comes to lobbying and promoting their hefty role in the American economy.

Study Reveals U.S. Cities With Best and Worst Travel Taxes

Associations Now

Meanwhile, Portland, Oregon ($22.86), Boston ($19.34), and Indianapolis ($18.10) had the highest discriminatory travel taxes. Congress Taxes Travel, Too It’s not just the local municipalities that the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is worried about when it comes to travel taxes. Part of the federal budget deal that was struck last week included an increase in the 9/11 Aviation Security Fee from $2.50 per flight to $5.60—a

NYC Bans Foam Packaging, But Industry Group Wins Concession

Associations Now

The ban is not unique: Other cities, including San Francisco and Portland, already have them, the Bloomberg wire service reports. Not Styrofoam, Polystyrene Dow Chemical, a major firm in the industry, would like everyone to know that what you call Styrofoam is actually polystyrene, a completely different substance. The company, in a Washington Post article , explains that Styrofoam is used in only a handful of ways—primarily insulation—and is almost always light blue.

Building Experience into your Annual Association Conference

SCD Group

In Portland, Oregon, a boat ride. Have you ever been part of a “tail gate” party before a college football game? (Or, Or, a pro game?). When I return to Ohio State in the fall for a “big time” college football game, the tailgaters amaze me! Complete barbecue setups. RVs with big screen TVs. Lawn games. Beer and soft drinks. And lots of celebrating. Some friends of ours have a huge family tailgate. Four tents, four generators, four big screen TVs and 30-50 people.

Five Global Meetings Megatrends

Associations Now

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. What are the implications for associations in the years ahead? Sequestration and the government shutdown have affected the meetings industry—both inside and outside of associations—over the past few months.

Maine Nonprofits Say Property Tax Proposal Would Jeopardize Programs, Services

Associations Now

In an op-ed in the Portland Press Herald , Scott Schnapp, executive director of the Maine Association of Nonprofits, described the potential impact. “If Looking for ways to bring in new revenue, Maine Gov. Paul LePage submitted a proposed budget including a property tax for certain nonprofits. Associations say the tax could hurt local communities by forcing nonprofits to cut programs and services. Last year, before releasing his biennial budget proposal, Maine Gov.

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Railroad Group Says Oil Shipments Hurting Passengers

Associations Now

That’s according to the National Association of Railroad Passengers, which says the delays on the route—which runs from Chicago to Seattle and Portland, Oregon—have become unbearable for passengers. 536K The number of riders that Amtrak’s Empire Builder serviced in fiscal 2013, according to NARP. The route covers a sparsely populated region of the country (including North Dakota and Montana) where people have limited transit options, according to the group.