Conference Circuit: Hey Dude

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The Dude Ranchers’ Association 2016 Convention rode into Cody, Wyoming, earlier this week. Dude ranchers from the Western United States and Canada are currently in Wyoming to exchange ideas about how to continue exceeding the highest hospitality standards within the industry and how to promote the Western ranch vacation. Location: Cody, Wyoming. Rundown Attendees: 60 member ranches. Vendors: 20. Speakers: 8.

How a Local Restaurant Association Is Making Taco Tuesday for Everyone

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The Wyoming fast-food chain Taco John’s trademarked it three decades ago and has fought hard to protect it, even though the term has become increasingly common over the years. The California-based OC Restaurant Association will now run and manage the TacoTuesday.com domain, in an effort to promote the county’s culinary strengths—while freeing use of the term for everyone else. For a generally popular phrase, “Taco Tuesday” has stirred up a surprising amount of controversy.

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Neurologist Shortages Widespread in U.S., Alzheimer’s Association Warns

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The gaps were most significant in Wyoming, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Oklahoma. According to new research released at an association event, neurological care is struggling to keep up with the demand in 20 states. The care gap is seen as an opportunity to both expand service and better educate primary care physicians on neurological issues.

Associations Offer Help to Sheriffs Handling North Dakota Protest

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“When we get a call from Sheriff Kirchmeier, we will be ready to respond and assist where we are able,” said Glick, the sheriff of Laramie County, Wyoming, in a press conference covered by Prairie Public News. As police forces in rural North Dakota deal with a potentially long-term protest, two sheriffs’ associations have offered their services to the Morton County Sheriff’s Department—just in case it needs additional help.

Bring the Great Outdoors Into Your Meetings

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Then there’s the Wilderness Education Association , which will have 30- to 45-minute “field-based sessions” at its October conference in Wyoming—something that seems almost required of a group like WEA. A new report reveals that attendees and planners have an increased interest in outdoor spaces being used at meetings. Associations and venues are jumping on that trend.

Nonprofit Arts Group Connects Indie Bands With Venues

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For example, Wyoming-based country musician Tris Munsick, whose band The Innocents was recently accepted by IMTour, told The Sheridan Press that his band was much more likely to tour out of state thanks to the program. Independent Music on Tour, a program of the Western States Arts Federation, is designed to help connect musicians with nonprofit venues that they may not have considered previously. And with a new website, they’re lowering the barrier to entry.

National Park Foundation Campaign Targets Younger Generation of Park Goers

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Tap the screen and within seconds you’ll be speaking with a ranger or park visitor at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming or at Martin Luther King Jr. In 2016, the National Park Service will turn 100 years old. To celebrate the milestone, NPS and the National Park Foundation are trying to inject a little youth into the country’s public lands with the Find Your Park campaign. And it’s getting a boost from an outdoor advertising group.

Study: The Gender Pay Gap Is Real—and It’s Not Changing

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It was largest in Wyoming, where women earned 64 percent of what men did. Wage disparity between men and women has remained the same for a decade, according to findings of a study by the American Association of University Women, which proposed ways to help combat the gap in a new report. The gender pay gap is alive and well in the United States, and it is unlikely to go away on its own, according to a new report by the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

An Association Just for Millennials? New Advocacy Group Aims High

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Former Wyoming Sen. The Association of Young Americans hopes to represent to Washington an entire demographic of people: those between the ages of 18 and 35. Ben Brown, the group’s founder, was inspired to launch the group based on the comments of a former senator. Alan Simpson (R-WY) hasn’t been in office for nearly two decades, but he’s still inspiring change in and around the halls of Congress.

Associations Aid National Parks Amid Funding Concerns

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The Grand Teton Association, which has helped support Grand Teton National Park in Moose, Wyoming, by running the onsite bookstore and donating the proceeds to the park, was able to secure a one-time donation of $135,000 with help from the Laurance Rockefeller Preserve Center and an anonymous private donor. As Congress debates future funding for the national parks, several associations have stepped up to assist parks being hit hard by the sequester.

Meetings, Destinations Get Ready for Solar Eclipse

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The Astronomical League took a similar approach, hosting ASTROCON 2017 in Casper, Wyoming—another location in the path—in the days leading up to the eclipse. The solar eclipse will happen in less than two weeks, and while your main concern may be where to go to watch it, event planners, associations, and destinations are preparing for it as well. Who else is excited about the August 21 solar eclipse? The first to touch the U.S.

Four States Put Up So Parks Don’t Stay Shut Up

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A spokesman for Wyoming Gov. Governors in at least four states have reached deals to reopen their national parks and monuments. But there’s a catch: They have to foot the bill until the federal government is up and running.

Study: Association CEO Gender Gap Isn’t Going Away

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cents in Wyoming to 13.3 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. Women are more likely to find themselves at the top of the association leadership chart than in years past, but the association CEO gender gap persists.

Beyond the Numbers: Medical Schools Try Holistic Approach

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“You could sort every female applicant in Wyoming by MCAT score with three keystrokes,” the association’s Dr. Henry M. With previous standards often leaving significant gaps in admissions, the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Holistic Review Project is helping to improve diversity on medical campuses by moving beyond standardized test scores. For many colleges, especially medical schools, diversity in admissions is a key issue.

Group Aims to Help School Counselors Face Growing Caseloads

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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. The next closest were Arizona (861 to1), Minnesota (782 to 1), and Utah (726 to 1). Virgin Islands have a ratio better than ASCA’s recommended 250 to 1.

Wind Energy, Environmental Groups at Odds Over Eagle Rule

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In November, Duke Energy agreed to pay the federal government $1 million over the killing of 14 golden eagles and 149 other birds at two of its wind farms in Wyoming. Weighing the interests of conservationists and alternative energy developers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has amended its Eagle Permit Rule allowing for the unintentional killing of eagles on wind farms. Environmentalists aren’t happy, but the American Wind Energy Association says it’s a fair balance.

How Arts Organizations Win Gold Medals in Social Media

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My chorus, SFGMC brought 280 ppl to Denver to sing, and then we took a side trip to Laramie, Wyoming to perform a benefit concert for The Matthew Shepard Foundation. Flickr Photo - Of Small Things. Note from Beth: I missed out on the Olympics in London this year while I was traveling in Cambodia. While the world acclaimed sports event was taking place in London, the Gay Chorus Olympics was taking place in Denver.

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Wyoming. 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. Membership Marketing Response Rates by State.