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MSAE's Annual Meeting will be held on August 4, 2020, beginning at 12 PM at the Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center - I hope you will join us! We have some important items on the agenda including the election of new directors to the board, the ratification of a revised set of bylaws, and an update on the State of the Society.
MSAE's Board of Directors unanimously supported the slate proposed by the Leadership Identification Committee, chaired by Denise McGinn, CAE. The slate includes Steve Pontoni of the Michigan Association for Justice and John Tramontana, CAE, of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, who stand nominated to fill two open seats, both with three-year terms. Barring the petition of any write-in candidates from Active Members, the slate will be accepted as presented at the Annual Meeting.
Also on the agenda is the ratification of Revised Bylaws. Following an arduous investigation and review of the society's governing documents, MSAE's Governance Committee, chaired by Bonnifer Ballard, CAE, recommended the replacement of the current bylaws with a revised set that offers alignment and clarity in areas that had previously lacked clarity including:
• Membership categories
• Electronic voting
• Removal of proxy voting
• Number of directors on the board
• Director term limits
• Election of directors
• Standing committees and their membership
• Executive committee membership
These changes reflect MSAE's intention to become a highly transparent, member-owned organization. We invite you to review the Revised Bylaws and let us know if you have questions or concerns.
Last but not least, we'll be looking back at the Society's performance over one heck of a year and sharing what's in store for the coming year. All are welcome! The Annual Meeting is held in conjunction with ORGPRO, and while we hope you will register to attend the full conference, conference registration is not required to attend the Annual Meeting. Participants attending only the meeting portion of the event may check-in at the conference registration desk to be issued credentials or a guest pass.
We hope to see you there!
On August 4, we had one of the most well-attended Annual Meetings in recent MSAE history via Zoom. The reasons for high attendance were many; we welcomed a new Chairman, new Board members, made changes to our by-laws, and had a nationally-recognized thought leader on organizational culture provide us with a keynote.
Starting in January of this year, Hanna Featherston joined the MSAE team as our meetings intern. She has already shown leadership in taking on any task and project available. Currently finishing her degree majoring in Recreational and Event Management with a minor in Business Administration at Central Michigan University, her graduation date is set for August 2018.
More than 175 industry professionals joined us for the Safe Meetings in Michigan Virtual Conference, held June 16-17. It was a truly fascinating learning experience, which sought to discuss and address the gorilla in the room; what would the future of conferences and meetings look like for the rest of 2020 and beyond?
Over the last few months, we’ve all likely spent a considerable amount of time on Zoom calls. If you’re at all like me, you’ve quickly realized that virtual meetings and events quickly separate attendees who know how to be engaging and prepared participants from those who, well, very much aren’t.
As you likely know by now, MSAE has convened a Safe Meetings in Michigan (SMIM) Work Group.
· This is a short-term work group whose purpose is to develop recommendations/guidelines for groups of 10 – 10,000 to meet safely.
· We know how important hospitality/tourism/events are to Michigan’s economy and to the missions of our respective organizations.
· SMIM is comprised of representatives from some of Michigan’s largest organizations representing health, tourism, meetings and trade associations.
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