Doomed at the start: Four association scenarios that signal trouble for the year ahead.

Governance Isn’t My Thing At a leadership forum for officers and executives, I asked an executive director if she had brought her chief elected officer. I was surprised by her answer.  “No, the president said governance is something he’s not comfortable with and suggested I attend on his behalf.” The primary role of the elected president is governance; if discomfort exists it should be resolved before taking office.  Governance is generally defined as advancing the mission in accordance [...]

2016-12-21T18:22:30+00:00

Reputation Management

Our November 1 meeting at the Holiday Inn & Suites Charleston West featured Bryan Brown, owner of Brown Communications, LLC, sharing tips on “Reputation Management During Good Times and Bad Times."  He stressed the need to get your good news out to the media on a regular basis, developing relationships with reporters and becoming their expert on your issues so they're more willing to hear your story when bad times happen.

2016-11-04T20:17:39+00:00

2017 Officers Elected

Congratulate the new officers for 2017, elected at the November meeting. Our 2017 officers are: President: Traci Nelson Vice President:  Wendy Long Secretary:  Patty Barnhart Treasurer:  Pam Farris Immediate Past President:  Marlena Mullens Directors Regular Members Brian Foy Andy Gallagher Elaine Secrist Lori Miller Smith Associate Members Roseshalla Holmes Jaina Perry Ex-officio Members Bonnie Harold Karen Price  

2016-11-04T20:13:53+00:00

Annual Meeting in Review

Thanks to Jennifer Millstone and the staff of the Waterfront Place Hotel for hosting our annual meeting on October 3 and 4. While it was a small group, it was mighty (and mighty fun!). Monday night's reception gathered new and long-time friends. Jamie Summerlin motivated us all with lessons learned from his run across America in just 100 days! He also shared copies of his new book, "Freedom Run: Dreaming Big, Going Further, Making Impact." Dr. Lydotta Taylor [...]

2016-10-07T17:23:02+00:00

2017 Nominees Slated

Your WVSAE Nominating Committee has produced a slate for 2017, on which we’ll be voting at the November meeting. Our nominees are: President: Traci Nelson Vice President:  Wendy Long Secretary:  Patty Barnhart Treasurer:  Pam Farris Immediate Past President:  Marlena Mullens Directors Regular Members Brian Foy Andy Gallagher Pat Parsons Lori Miller Smith Associate Members Roseshalla Holmes Jaina Perry Ex-officio Members Bonnie Harold Karen Price  

2016-10-05T17:53:10+00:00

Achieving the Etiquette Edge

Our September 13 meeting at the Holiday Inn Express Civic Center featured Dale Dawson Clowser, sharing tips on “Achieving the Etiquette Edge.”  She revisited the most common, yet forgotten, rules of business etiquette.  Her “Hot List” included such topics as meeting protocol, proper introductions, table manners, correspondence and dressing for success. In addition, Julie Caldwell brought us tons of fun with the TapSnap booth, sponsored by David Ramsburg.  Our members took full advantage of fun photos in exotic locales.  To see [...]

2016-10-05T17:43:57+00:00

Making Meetings Fun

Making Meetings Fun Resource List   Décor Stumps Prom - www.stumpsprom.com Shindigz – www.shindigz.com Oriental Trading – www.orientaltrading.com *Good for standups, banners, table décor, theme décor   Trinkets Oriental Trading – www.orientaltrading.com *Good for sunglasses, leis, hats, beads, etc.   Nametags & Ribbons PC/Nametage – www.pcnametag.com NameTagCountry – www.nametagcountry.com *Good for nametag holders, Stack-A-Ribbons,   Personalized Trinkets and Trash 4Imprint - www.4imprint.com *Good for anything with logos.  They are inexpensive and offer a quick turnaround   Signs Fastsigns [...]

2016-08-11T19:57:01+00:00

U.S. Labor Department Publishes Overtime Regulations

U.S. Labor Department Publishes Overtime Regulations The U.S. Labor Department announced overtime final regulations today that, when they go into effect on December 1, 2016, will mean that most employees earning less than $47,500 per year will be entitled to overtime compensation, regardless of whether they are currently classified as executive, administrative, or professional (white-collar) workers. The final rule applies to employers in all sectors, but in an effort to address longstanding confusion about how the Fair Labor [...]

2016-08-11T19:54:56+00:00

An Arm around the Shoulder and a Punch in the Chest

An Arm around the Shoulder and a Punch in the Chest How to Support and Motivate Employees to Unlock Their MVP Power By: Eric Herrenkohl   Every March, our family begins another journey to October, following the ups and downs of our favorite baseball teams, Little League or Major League. To celebrate, I’m reminded of a Sports Illustrated article on baseball that helps us learn how to motivate our A-players and encourage our potential stars to fulfill their [...]

2016-08-11T19:39:06+00:00

False Starts

False Starts 13 Ways to Blow Strategic Planning By Bob Harris, CAE   Boards can be resistant to think strategically. Some finding it easier to focus on the short term thinking and safe topics. A few boards consider planning an expensive process. Others fear the group hugs and games that characterize some retreats. Even the boards that have budgeted for planning often delay it a year or more. Reports say that up to 50 percent of strategic plans [...]

2016-08-11T19:42:40+00:00