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AMERICAN ASSOCIATIONS DAY 2019 | MARCH 28-29| WASHINGTON D.C.
Held annually in March, MSAE and the American Society of Association Executives works with association professionals around the country to organize, connect, and advocate directly to Congressional offices in Washington D.C. American Associations Day is the only legislative fly-in where professionals can collaborate and share their story on association issues. MSAE also utilizes this time to host its Congressional Celebration Breakfast in honor of the Michigan congressional delegation.
The event is open to any association executive, staff member, or leadership volunteer that is passionate about association issues and wants to make a difference, as well as meet and network with fellow advocates from across the country. Registration is free, and out-of-town attendees are eligible to receive a scholarship of up to $300 to reimburse travel costs if they visit their members of Congress.
In its third year since launch, MSAE was proud to host its 2018 honorary breakfast dedicated to Michigan congressional aides and staff in conjunction with American Association’s Day on March 21st. In our efforts to promote civility and healthy public policy, MSAE presents this event in celebration of our congressional delegation’s service to Michigan citizens.
As a statement of your support, MSAE is calling on its members for sponsorship of this program in 2019. Sponsors will be recognized and thanked for their efforts in encouraging and representing the power of associations at all levels of government and public policy.
For American Association's Day in 2019, click here. For additional information on sponsorship, programming, or if you are interested in joining us in Washington D.C., please contact Taylor Benavente, Benavente@msae.org.
Local, state, national and international associations are all reevaluating and shoring up their research programs. Associations have a unique position in that they represent a specific industry or profession that can collect data that provides value.
The SCOTUS Wayfair vs. South Dakota decision handed down recently means online retailers will be required to collect sales tax from customers in individual states, even if they do not have a physical presence in those states. How does this decision impact associations? If you have a physical product that you are mailing out of state, such as books, you could be subject to sales tax collection and reimbursement.
One of the principle roles of associations is to advocate on behalf of their memberships before the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government.
Every association is different. But no matter who you are or whom you represent, one thing is for certain: there is lot of work to be done.
Whether it’s managing members, raising funds, contending with new rules and regulations, or delivering quality programs that serve your mission, there is only so much that can be done in a given day, week, or year.
And that’s not when you’re trying to hire new employees or keep existing ones, or reduce overhead costs, or stay up to date with new technology and ways of communicating.
Does this sound stressful? Perhaps a bit. But that’s part of the job — managing people, processes, finances, and beyond.
The most successful associations are efficient, tech-savvy, and skilled at communicating with members, sponsors, and their local (and online) communities.
Another trait these associations share: They track employee time.
On Wednesday, March 9th, MSAE President Cheryl Ronk will be honored with ASAE's first ever Association Political Leadership Award at American Associations Day. The award will be presented by John H. Graham IV, president and CEO of The Center for Association Leadership. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill.