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Join us at the First Associ8@5:08 of the Year Bookmark

MSAE monthly meetup

Join us at the First Associ8@5:08 of the Year
Catch up with your MSAE friends after the busy holiday! Make sure you mark your calendar for 2016's first Associ8@5:08 on January 19 from 5:08 - 7:00 p.m. Associ8@5:08 is MSAE's free monthly networking event.

Champps is generously providing appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Register Today.

IRS Drops Proposal For Nonprofits To Collect SSNS Bookmark

IRS drops proposal for nonprofits to collect SSNS

IRS Drops Proposal For Nonprofits To Collect SSNS
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced this week that it is withdrawing the proposed rulemaking of giving the option to nonprofit organizations of substantiating contributions of $250 or more by collecting and reporting donors' Social Security numbers to the IRS.

Member News: week of January 4 Bookmark

Jennings Wins Athena Award from Lrcc

Jennings Wins Athena Award from LRCC
Sarah Jennings, CPA, CFE, principal at Maner Costerisan Certified Public Accountants, was honored by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce as the 2015 ATHENA Award recipient. Jennings, will be honored at the annual ATHENA Award Luncheon December 17.
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Happy New Year! Bookmark


Happy New Year!
From our staff to yours, we wish you a successful and prosperous 2016. But before the new year kicks off, join us as we remember our best moments together in 2015. Click on the video above to view highlights of the year.

Member News: Week of December 14 Bookmark

Levandowski Receives Catalina Andres Humanitarian Award

Levandowski Received Catalina Andres Humanitarian Award and MSAE welcomes three new members
Martha Levandowski, administrative director of the Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault (CPAN), recently received the Catalina Andres Humanitarian Award for her ongoing and tireless efforts to advocate on behalf of auto accident survivors. The award is named in honor of Catalina Andres, a woman who selflessly dedicated her life to helping and serving others while fulfilling her dream by building a medical clinic and founding the Twin Hearts Medical Surgical Mission in the Philippines.
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BCBSM and BCN 2016 Tax & Fee Changes Bookmark

Blue Cross Blue Shield and Blue Care Network Group Invoices 

Updated for 2016 Taxes and Fees Changes

BCBSM and BCN are changing the way the group invoices display taxes and fees. Previously, certain federal and state taxes and fees were displayed separately from the premium, though they have always been part of the total premium charged. As of the group’s 2016 renewal, group invoices will no longer show these amounts separately.

DOL Expected TO FINALIZE OVERTIME RULE IN MID-2016 Bookmark

Dol expected to finalize overtime rule in mid-2016

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DOL Expected TO FINALIZE OVERTIME RULE IN MID-2016
MSAE is closely monitoring when the Department of Labor might release its final overtime rule. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has estimated that a final rule could come out as soon as July 2016.

The DOL released a proposed rule this summer that would more than double the salary threshold for overtime eligibility to $50,440 per year (up from $23,660). In addition, the minimum salary would automatically increase each year to match the 40th percentile of the average salary earned by full-time employees in the United States.

MSAE, along with 250,000 other organizations, submitted comments on the proposed rule to DOL this past summer. The DOL is still reviewing comments and has yet to suggest what changes, if any, might be made to the final rule. MSAE's letter can be viewed here.

Strategic Thinking Institute Presents Rich Horwath Bookmark

Strategic thinking institute presents rich horwath
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Strategic Thinking Institute Presents Rich Horwath
CAE at the Masters, sponsored by MSAE and Putting Promotions, presents Rich Horwath, noted author and founder and CEO of the Strategic Thinking Institute, to share the three disciplines of advanced strategic thinking for association professionals in relationship to the world of golf during Masters week, April 3-5, 2016.

member news: week of november 30 Bookmark

ORGPRO 2016

ORGPRO Call for Presentations and MSAE Welcomes Thirteen New Members

MSAE is seeking quality, high level breakout presentations for our annual conference. Presenters should be prepared to challenge and engage association professionals in an interactive learning environment. Serious contenders apply today.

Member news: Week of November 23 Bookmark

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Grockau Announced as Sales Manager for Great Wolf Lodge and Two New Members Join MSAE

Rachelle Grockau is pleased to announce that she is the new sales manager at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City.  She comes from the West Bay Beach, A Holiday Inn Resort in Traverse City.

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