Skipping the Tolls: Rhode Island Trucking Association Offers State a “Plan B”

Associations Now

In response to a controversial plan to introduce tolls for trucks, the Rhode Island Trucking Association didn’t get frustrated by the idea; instead, the group offered up a plan of its own that avoids relying on tolls entirely. Rhode Island’s Democratic governor, Gina Raimondo, thinks she has the perfect way to pay for the state’s bridge repairs.

1-On-1 With Jim Carney: Growing Membership With a “New, User-friendly Website”

Wild Apricot

Our latest 1-On-1 interview was with Jim Carney, the immediate past president of The Rhode Island Academy of Physician Assistants. Jim shares insight on how their new website and member-only events has helped them build membership. membership


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Statement On Confirmation Of Gina Raimondo As Secretary Of Commerce


Secretary Raimondo has firsthand experience in Rhode Island with the good that the internet industry enables for small businesses and citizens seeking jobs. Washington, DC – Internet Association President and CEO K.

Conference Circuit: Lab Hours

Associations Now

The Association of Public Health Laboratories’ 2017 Annual Meeting and 11th Government Environmental Laboratory Conference will begin in Rhode Island this weekend. Venue: Rhode Island Convention Center. City: Providence, Rhode Island. On Wednesday afternoon, APHL will offer attendees the chance to tour the Rhode Island State Health Laboratories. Rundown Attendees: 600 plus. Poster Displays: 100. Exhibitors: 60 plus.

Governors Association Meeting Highlights Bipartisan Nature of Opioid Battle

Associations Now

The fight against synthetic opioids, largely taking place at the state level, took center stage at this week’s National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Rhode Island. During a panel discussion, Rhode Island Gov. “I was talking to the owner of a thriving and successful business”” Raimondo explained, according to Rhode Island Public Radio. “He’s

Boatbuilding Program Introduces High Schoolers to Marine Industry Careers

Associations Now

In an effort to fill the boat shoes of retiring marine tradesmen and women, the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association created a summertime boatbuilding program aimed at high school students. For such a small state, Rhode Island has a considerable amount of coastline— approximately 400 miles of it. The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association is hoping to rectify that with a summer boatbuilding program for high schoolers.

Jeff De Cagna to deliver keynote at CESSE 2013 Annual Meeting

Principled Innovation

Jeff’s keynote talk, which will take place on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island, will focus on themes and ideas shared in his provocative free e-book, Associations Unorthodox: Six Really Radical Shifts Toward the Future.

At home, at work: Regulating home businesses in community associations


and a fellow in CAI’s College of Community Association Lawyers , says there haven’t been many problems with home based businesses in the more than 4,000 Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire townhome and condominium communities his firm represents.

Reach for More Fruits and Veggies on Heart Association’s Eating Healthy Day

Associations Now

Karen Aspry, a cardiologist and member of the AHA’s Rhode Island Board of Directors, said in a statement. AHA in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, for example, is inviting local organizations, including Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Raytheon, and Banneker, to host lunch and learn sessions and distribute AHA’s “Holiday Healthy Eating Guide.”.

How Associations Are Changing Up School Sunscreen Rules

Associations Now

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. The Rhode Island Certified School Nurse Teachers Association, for example, opposes that state’s bill because of liability concerns and because some students have sunscreen allergies. You may not think of sunscreen as medication, but the FDA does, and so do many schools.

Oakland Warehouse Fire: Sprinkler Group Pledges Renewed Legislative Push

Associations Now

The Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act, first introduced in Congress after a deadly 2003 blaze at The Station, a Rhode Island night club, would allow building owners to deduct costs of installing sprinklers—up to $125,000 in a single year. Friday night’s fire at the Ghost Ship art collective warehouse, which killed at least 36 people , shares many similarities with the Rhode Island fire, which killed 100 and injured 230.

How the Events Industry Is Coming Together Amid COVID-19

Associations Now

Similar efforts are also underway in New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Despite the large economic hit the meetings sector is dealing with due to coronavirus, industry professionals, venues, and organizations have still found ways to support one another and their communities.

Improve Your Association?s Value with Reverse Mentoring or Co-Mentoring

Smooth The Path

Philip Tedesco, CEO of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors , noticed that when they got the Past Presidents’ Council together with the Young Professionals Network, there was more than just a one-way dialogue. Member to member mentoring is a great benefit for many members. Members benefit from a well-made match and from a thought out process where each side understands the ground rules and their obligations for making the relationship work.

Field Trips: Not Just For Kids, But Meeting Attendees Too

Associations Now

Then there’s the National Marine Educators’ Association , which has 10 field trips lined up for its 2015 conference, taking place this summer in Newport, Rhode Island. On the schedule is a tour of the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography and scuba diving at Fort Wetherill.

Monday Buzz: Membership Success Fueled by the Web

Associations Now

A small Rhode Island association discovers how important its web presence really is. The Rhode Island Academy of Physician Assistants was founded in 1976, but it wasn’t until recently that its membership really began to take off. Plus: How long will Twitter be around? What was the cause of a sudden 25 percent increase in its membership? According to an RIAPA leader, a revamped website and a new focus on the internet and member empowerment.

Association Community Floods Social Media With Tributes to ASAE’s Graham

Associations Now

Nicholas Oliver, CAE, Executive Director, Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care.

Daily Buzz: Master Competing Priorities With This One Approach

Associations Now

That’s exactly what the American Copy Editors Society is doing for its 2019 ACES Conference, which is taking place in Providence, Rhode Island, next month. Association staffers have many jobs, some of which are in competition with each other. But approaching tasks with one goal in mind can ensure they are carried out appropriately. Also: To create more buzz around your annual meeting, connect with the host city’s CVB.

How Associations Are Embracing Apprenticeships

Associations Now

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association has an apprenticeship program that specifically targets high schoolers. With a growing interest in apprentice programs among the public, associations are in a position to capitalize—and perhaps close those pesky labor gaps that grow every year. Check out a few examples of associations big and small offering such programs for their respective industries. Apprenticeships are growing in importance.

NYC Book Events: Oct. 11 and Oct 12 and A Few Reviews

Beth Kanter

Earlier this week, KD Paine and I started our “ Measuring the Networked Nonprofit ,” book tour with solo and duo events in Boston and Rhode Island. Beth and KD at the Boston Tweetup organized by Joselin Mane. Next week, we will be in NYC for these book events: October 11: 10-11:30 am- Foundation Center NYC Meet the Authors Book Talk and Workshop. October 11: 12-1:30 pm – DoSomething Book Party. October 11: 6-8 pm – NYC 501Tech Club Meet the Authors.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.9.21

Reid All About it

A few years ago, on a visit to my aunt in Rhode Island, I was inspired by the bean salad she made, so I developed my own recipe with additional inspiration from Our State It’s been a Fourth of July tradition ever since—a tradition made even more meaningful because the Fourth is my aunt’s birthday.

Groups Offer Aid As Puerto Rico Faces Crisis After Hurricane Maria

Associations Now

territory in the past month, both large and small associations have pledged support in the form of financial aid, supplies, and assistance bringing power back to the island. The island’s ongoing financial crisis has worsened the impact of the two devastating storms. “The devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is unprecedented in the island’s modern history,” Hispanic Federation President José Calderón said in a news release.

Friday Buzz: How Groups Are Recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Associations Now

The Rhode Island-based Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation will provide a bright pink bus in which patients can sit and swap stories in a comfortable and supportive environment on their way home from cancer treatment. Thursday kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and plenty of organizations are finding unique ways to make an impact this year. Plus: how Southwest Airlines is keeping the wind beneath its wings.

Friday Buzz: The Super Bowl of Ham Radio

Associations Now

assistant director of the Charlestown, Rhode Island, Emergency Management Agency, noted that the tests work as a nice refresher for employees. The American Radio Relay League National Field Day, the biggest event of the year for ham radio operators, is all about testing your reach. Also: These consultants want to review your online community. Amateur radio, or ham radio, is one of those things where you get it or you don’t.

Associations Work to Tackle Industry Workforce Shortages Head-On

Associations Now

For instance, the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association created a summer boatbuilding program for high schoolers, as a way of introducing them to the trade at a time when “many young people don’t see a hands-on trade as their first choice when it comes to building a career,” said RIMTA CEO Wendy Mackie to Associations Now. Industries from tech to the trades are struggling with workforce shortages in their industries. Here are how some associations are taking on the issue.

ASAE Testifies on DC’s Revised Paid Leave Act

Associations Now

The draft legislation would now allow DC employees to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave for a qualifying event, but that is still twice as generous as three other states with a paid-leave program—California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.

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Association Blasts Medicare for Paying Unlicensed Prosthetics Providers

Associations Now

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics reports that 15 states currently have certification laws: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.

Prescription for Social: Group Issues Online Guidelines for Doctors

Associations Now

One Rhode Island doctor was stripped of her hospital privileges after she mentioned a trauma case on her Facebook page. What information is OK for doctors to share on their personal blogs? When may doctors “friend” their patients on social media? These are some of the questions professional healthcare associations are trying to help physicians figure out.

A Case for the Association Summer Internship

Associations Now

Some associations, such as the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, have also started internship programs with the hope of building awareness about the trade among high school students. Associations that want to develop the next generation of talented association staffers should consider starting an association-wide internship program.

Wake Up to Educating the Future Workforce

Associations Now

And in the closing general session, John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, made the case for the value of art and design education to our ability to innovate, the key tenet of a national campaign to expand STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education to STEAM (by adding an A for art). Emerging technology is shifting our workforce toward intellectual capital and changing the ways we educate both students and adults.

digitalNow 2013 in Less Than 180 Seconds- #diginow13


John Maeda, President, Rhode Island School of Design. I had the privilege of attending digitalNow 2013 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Orlando, April 4-6. The notes below are based on my notes and tweets on what stood out to me and are not intended to capture all learning from each of the sessions nor the entirety of the three-day conference. I have put in bold and italics those comments I personally found to be the most impactful or thought-provoking.

Membership Marketing Blog: Membership Marketing Response.

Membership Marketing

Rhode Island. Membership Marketing Blog. Membership marketing – acquiring, engaging, upgrading, and renewing members – is the cornerstone for associations and relationship driven organizations. Whether you are an association professional or a relationship marketer, join the discussion on the Membership Marketing Blog and share your ideas and counsel. Speaking Engagements. Speaking Engagements. Publications. Wednesday, March 31, 2010.