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WVSAE Members - Our Membership Drive, hosted by Holiday Inn and Suites Charleston West on June 12, was an opportunity to learn about all the growing Craft Brewing Industry in West Virginia. Our guest speaker was Sam Moazy, Master Brewer of Big Timber Brewing in Elkins. Sam explained how recent changes in laws in the past 10 years have allowed craft brewing to explode in West Virginia, from four breweries to 37! You DONT have to go to Europe [...]


“Roads to Prosperity” highways program underway

"We tried to pick the best 600 projects to stimulate economic development," according to Transportation Secretary Tom Smith during WVSAE's May meeting at Embassy Suites. The 600 projects will result in hundreds of direct jobs, as well as a multitude of indirect jobs, he said.  Smith explained the $2.8 million bond funds will be used to improve bridges, Corridor H, Route 10, the West Virginia Turnpike and freeway drainage across the state.  This will enable the Department of [...]


What the 2018 Legislature did…

The 2018 session of the West Virginia Legislature was very successful according to Governor Justice's Deputy Chief of Staff/Senior Policy Advisor Donnie Adkins.  He was the WVSAE guest speaker on April 10 at the Summersville Arena and Conference Center. "For the first time in 32 years, the budget was passed during the 60-day session," Adkins said.  Other accomplishments during the session included no new taxes, pay raises for state employees, regulatory reform, lottery bond financing, mining rules and [...]


Partnering for Your Success with “Members Exclusive”

What if you were told that pretty much everything you needed to answer your HR questions within 24 hours, draft a document, train your staff, stay compliant or write an employee handbook was right at your fingertips? It’s true!! AlignHR and the WV Society of Association Executives are partnering to provide you with a great product to keep you and your members on top of your game with one-stop access to essential HR documents and up-to-date legal alerts. [...]


Eight New Toolkits To Use

Assessment Process Developing Policy Finance Processes Event Planning Volunteer Development Policy Management Strategic Planning Board Orientation Organized as 189 pages, Bob Harris, CAE, says it's okay to save, copy, post, reference, adapt, etc.   "You are invited to make best use of this new document," he added.


CVBs Bring Value to Communities

Todd Morris, with the Charleston CVB, shared information at the February WVSAE meeting about how much conventions can contribute to the Charleston economy.  He said bringing 1,000 guests who use 2,400 room nights over a week can bring as much as $1 million to Charleston's economy.  "When I worked in economic development, it could take me years to bring that much to a community," Morris said. Morris said his office can make tailored presentations to prospective meeting planners [...]


What Millennials Want

WVSAE members and guests learned that millennials are active in causes that interest them, use their phones more than any other device and don't want to waste time with meeting just for the sake of meeting. Our panelists were WVSAE intern and WV State University student Evan Dupree, KingMaker Marketing Agency founder Rudi Arrowwood and Putnam  County Chamber of Commerce President Ashley Alford. Kay Fanok of the Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau won a lovely centerpiece provided by [...]


Bring a millennial to lunch on Oct. 10

We all want to attract millennials as staff and as members of our associations, but we don't know how to do it.  No one seems to have the answers.  Perhaps we should ask them. We're doing just that during our October gathering.  We will have a variety of panelists who will share what they're looking for in a job, in communication channels and in an association.  We want to hear from these panelists what their ideal membership organization [...]


Dealing With Toxic People Who Suck the Life Out of You

  Bernie Deem of AlignHR shared tips with WVSAE members on how to keep toxic people from sucking the life out of you.  Julie Caldwell and Pama Rutledge of Holiday Inn Express took the theme and gave us a grand time with the "lunch with a vampire" theme. Bernie's suggestions included: You can't change anyone Begin with the end in mind Talk so someone wants to hear it Build a relationship with five positives for every negative [...]