GMA Takes Vermont to Court Over GMO Labeling Law

Associations Now

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, with three other trade groups, filed a lawsuit against Vermont last week, arguing that the state’s first-in-the-nation law requiring GMO food labeling is unconstitutional. Vermont’s law has no such contingency.

Vermont Becomes First Mover on GMO Labeling

Associations Now

There are no conditions on Vermont’s efforts to regulate genetically modified organisms: Unlike other Northeastern states, where GMO labeling laws are contingent on what their neighbors do, Vermont will go it alone when its law goes into effect in 2016.

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Food Industry Threatens Lawsuit Over Vermont GMO Labeling Law

Associations Now

Peter Shumlin signing a bill into law last week, Vermont is on its way to becoming the first state to regulate labeling of genetically modified foods. More details below: Signing the bill: Vermont Gov. Ready to fight back: Vermont officials know that a legal fight is coming.

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Say Cheese: Groups Celebrate National Farmers Market Week With Photo Contests

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The Vermont Farmers’ Market Association, in collaboration with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, hosted a similar photo contest during the two weeks leading up to National Famers Market Week. The number of farmers markets in Vermont, and throughout the U.S. ,

Sweet Deal: Trade Group Helps USDA Revamp Maple Syrup Grading System

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It turns out that USDA was a little behind the curve on the issue: Vermont and Maine, both known for their syrup production, had made the change first. “Grade B” no longer makes the grade.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.14.18

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Dave Kestenbaum, Director of eRating Certification for Sustainable Transportation at the University of Vermont. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… It’s the most wonderful time of the year… (sing it with me).

GMO Labeling Battle Heats Up in Senate

Associations Now

With a Vermont law requiring the labeling of foods that have been genetically modified about to take effect, the U.S. The bill would effectively make efforts to legislate the issue at the state level, most notably in Vermont , null and void. “Vermont’s law should not be blocked.

Associations Keep Eye on Budding No-Homework Trend

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From Vermont to Texas , individual educators and entire schools are showing a willingness to get rid of out-of-classroom work. But Mark Trifilio, principal of Orchard School in South Burlington, Vermont, doesn’t think that approach really works anymore.

American Legion to Female WWII Vet: Yes, You’re a Member

Associations Now

A Vermont World War II veteran was granted membership to the American Legion earlier this summer—just days before she died at the age of 91. The Vermont native, who served with the Marine Corps during World War II, found out in June that she was becoming a member of the American Legion.

Governors Association Helps Members Leverage Possibilities of the Great Outdoors

Associations Now

Governors from a number of states, including Maine, Oregon, Vermont, Montana, and Nevada, took part in the network’s launch last week.

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How to Seed Enthusiasm at Your Next Conference

Smooth The Path

I am a rails-to-trails kind of bicyclist so, I stepped up my game a week ago when I went to northern Vermont to mountain bike on Kingdom Trails. One afternoon we finished our ride at about 5 PM and were relaxing on the lawn of an outdoor bar when the sky opened up and poured.

New Hampshire Looks to Kick-start Craft Beers With Marketing Nonprofit

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In Vermont, 20 percent of the craft brews sold in the state are made there, according to Granite State Brewers Association (GSBA) President Bill Herlicka. 19 The number of licensed breweries in the state, according to The Eagle-Tribune.

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

Associations Now

The topic has gained little traction on the presidential campaign trail, though last month Vermont senator and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders spoke out in support of physician-assisted suicide at a forum hosted by the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.

Up Your Name Badge Game

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that predicted I would own two houses, including a vacation home in Vermont, by my early thirties. Name badges are a staple of association conferences. Three elements to keep in mind when designing your next attendee badge. Do you remember the first time you wore a name badge? I don’t.

Antique Groups Feel Pressure of Anti-Ivory Rules

Associations Now

Several states have already instituted bans or are in the process of cracking down on ivory sales, including Vermont. “People are having trouble connecting their grandmother’s piano with terrorism,” Vermont Rep.

Wednesday Buzz: Win Over Gen Z With VR

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“For a nonprofit organization or a company that leads through corporate philanthropy, virtual reality can put Gen Zers directly inside the environments they are most passionate about, from a remote village in a Third World country to a bee farm in Vermont,” writes Kate L.

Heart Association Encourages More Colorful Eating

Associations Now

It’s about adding colorful, nutritious, and vitamin-packed fruit and vegetables to meals instead of choosing unhealthier options,” Dr. Rachel Johnson, nutrition professor at University of Vermont and past chair of the AHA Nutrition Committee, said in a statement. “It’s

Secular Groups Play Up Political Clout of “Nones”

Associations Now

“Sanders defines God in a very different way than the way most Americans do, and in fact, a way that would be compatible with nontheistic humanists,” Speckhardt told the Post , adding that the Vermont senator has rarely spoken of God in “supernatural” terms.

Maine Principals Adopt Policy for Transgender Athletes

Associations Now

” Maine joins Colorado, Vermont, and Washington as states with transgender high school student-athlete guidelines, according to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

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Emergency Call Groups Aim to Update Standards, Systems

Associations Now

senators have filed draft legislation to dedicate federal funding to Next Generation 9-1-1, which could help NENA deploy the system across the states by the early 2020s, though several states like Vermont and Maine already offer some next-generation services.

Role-Playing Exercises: Another Immersive Element for Meetings

Associations Now

Last week, at the 26th Annual Spring Conference of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility , attendees took part in a role-playing exercise where they worked in small teams (acting as the chief sustainability officer of Amazon) to prepare a pitch for a new CSR initiative to CEO Jeff Bezos.

Essay Contest Harnesses Student Voices to Fight Hazing

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Other allegations of hazing in Vermont , Oklahoma , and Ohio all highlight NFHS’s concern over the “growing hazing epidemic,” Hopkins said. “I

Groups Push Ban on Powdered Alcohol in Massachusetts and Beyond

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Alaska, Louisiana, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia have already banned the substance. Powdered alcohol? Yes, there is such a thing.

Association’s Cheese Championship Brings in Gouda Competition

Associations Now

While the competition attracts cheeses from all over the country—including New York, Vermont, California, and Idaho—the home-field advantage is strong for this one. The biannual U.S.

FTC Chair Wants Investigation Into Frivolous Patent Suits

Associations Now

At the state level, Vermont passed a law targeting “bad faith” patent usage. Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez says that patent assertion entities, often called “patent trolls,” may be hurting consumers, and is calling for a deeper analysis of the issue.

Lung Association Raises Alarm on Air Quality

Associations Now

Salinas joined Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont; Elmira-Corning, New York; and Honolulu, Hawaii, on the association’s cleanest cities list, according to a news release.

Roundup: Ballot Initiatives Make Breakthroughs on Election Night

Associations Now

GMA is currently in a legal battle with the state of Vermont over legislative passage of a GMO-labeling law.

Study: Association CEO Gender Gap Isn’t Going Away

Associations Now

cents in Vermont. While female CEOs are rising in numbers, according to a new study from CEO Update , their financial compensation has yet to reach the level of their male counterparts, especially at large associations.

Has the Ice Bucket Challenge Spawned Charity Jacking?

Beth Kanter

In the early days of social fundraising in 2008, Erin Ennis who took a winter dip in Vermont’s Lake Champlain as part of a personal challenge to raise money for Special Olympics Vermont.

The Happy Healthy Nonprofit Book Tour: You Are Invited To Join Us

Beth Kanter

Cabot Creamery Co-operative has been in continuous operation in Vermont since 1919, and makes a full line of cheeses, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and butter.

Group Aims to Help School Counselors Face Growing Caseloads

Associations Now

Only New Hampshire, Vermont, Wyoming, and the U.S. 1,061 The average number of students assigned to each school counselor in California for the 2010-11 school year, according to the American School Counselor Association [PDF]. California’s ratio was the highest in the U.S.

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link] Running a small arts organization in Northern Vermont: River Arts [link] [link] (Getting UK Non-profits / VCS Infrastructure to use existing and new technology to help them grow). Check out this list, courtesy TwitterPacks. Are you using Twitter on behalf of your association but not on the list? Go add yourself. Easy-peasy- lemon-squeezy. Non-Profit Pack [link] (home of the 2008 NTEN conference!)

Opioid Addiction Fight Takes Center Stage With Governors

Associations Now

This past weekend, the problem took center stage at the winter convention of the National Governors Association in Washington, DC, where governors on both sides of the political aisle—Democratic Vermont Gov.

Seven ways to blog without actually starting a blog


She had an idea about how to blog without having a blog, and I had read a sweet little stor y in the Washington Post about pac-man images virally wandering down the windows of office buildings on Vermont Avenue in DC. A couple weeks ago, Lindy and I decided to swap blog posts.

Membership Marketing Blog: Membership Marketing Response.

Membership Marketing

Vermont. Membership Marketing Blog. Membership marketing – acquiring, engaging, upgrading, and renewing members – is the cornerstone for associations and relationship driven organizations.