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It's not possible to capture all of the remarkable things association leaders have done in the past week. The news feed, my Twitter roll, TV... everywhere I look, I see the difficult decisions you are making and critical leadership you are providing to your members, your teams, and society at large. If you ever doubted it before, you can hardly do so now: your members need you.
In these past ten days, the needs of your members have driven you out of bed, pulled at your core, and challenged you to think more, do more, lead more. Their need pushed you to utilize the capacity of your self and your organizations in ways that weren't previously considered. "Can we...?" "What if we...? "How can we...?" Barriers that were once onerous and formalities that seemed important have been stripped away by the driving need of your members.
You answered this call to service, not despite your own vulnerabilities but with them. You got out front on issues when you knew your members wouldn't want to go where you were leading them. You encouraged your members and staff when you were shaken to the core inside. You pushed political connections that took years to develop to the very brink to gain any reprieve possible for your members. You listened earnestly to the worst fears of your members (now realized) while keeping your own in check.
It's easy to over analyze our actions, to think, and re-think what we could have done and should have done. After all, the most effective leaders are reflective and self-critical. But save that for another day. For today, know that you stood well in the arena - strove to meet that driving need and dared to push past boundaries to help your members when their world turned upside down.
State and local officials made their return to the capitol city this week as we look back at the 2018 Lame Duck session and a brief look ahead at Michigan’s 2019 public policy arena.
Advocacy Corner: January thru Mid-February Round-Up
Michigan’s 100th Legislature, executive branch, and the Michigan Supreme Court have each seen significant movement in shaping the state public policy arena through the first several weeks of 2019. A State of the State Address, a much anticipated release of the 2019 state budget, and more are discussed below in MSAE’s advocacy round-up through Friday, February 22nd.
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.
MSAE's Board of Directors took decisive action this week in support of the restoration of funding for the Pure Michigan campaign. MSAE is proud to stand by many of our organizational and allied members urging state leaders to get Pure Michigan back on track before too much momentum is lost. Michigan's tourism lobby has done fantastic work in getting the message out about Pure Michigan's significance to the state's economy. If supporting this effort makes sense for your organization, they would certainly welcome additional voices to the cause...