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The $10 Million Comma Bookmark

Association professionals write all the time. Whether it is promotional copy, emails to members, committee minutes, newsletter articles, advocacy messages, press releases, or scripts they all are written by staff and often written quickly.

Association Society Alliance to Honor the Late Shane Yates, CAE, CMP, CMT Bookmark

Shane Yates, CAE, CMP, CTA

The Association Societies Alliance's (ASA) newly approved annual leadership award has been named after and posthumously awarded to the late Shane Yates, CAE, CMP, CTA, former executive director of the Ohio Society of Association Executives (OSAE). This award honors his memory and contributions to the association sector after he unexpectedly passed away this spring.

Association IMPACT 2016: Rising Leaders Edition Bookmark



This can't miss edition of Association IMPACT Magazine features profiles of the 2016 Rising Leaders Award Winners, insight from Cheryl Ronk, CAE on the changing role of meeting professionals and checkpoints to an extraordinary association.


The Value of Recognition Bookmark


Everyone likes a thank you, especially for a job well done whether it is a project, a campaign, or a career. That is why the awards program is so special. Within our industry we are able to recognize the best projects or initiatives, and leaders.

Association IMPACT Magazine May/June 16 Bookmark



In this issue, Denise Sloan, executive director,Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, shares how her association is helping their members lead the effort to mitigate the impact of lead poisoning on the children and families of Flint...

United States Department of Labor Raises Salary Thresholds for Overtime Exemptions Bookmark

On May 17, 2016, the White House and the United States Department of Labor announced the finalization of the long-anticipated rule increasing the salary thresholds for most employees who currently are exempt from overtime pay.  The new threshold, which goes into effect on December 1, 2016, increases the minimum salary for full-time exempt employees from $455 per week to $913 per week ($47,476 per year).  Under the final rule, the new salary threshold will be adjusted for inflation every three years, beginning January 1, 2020. 

Changes to the Michigan Campaign Finance Act Bookmark


(Summarized from an article Originally in DOME magazine)
Governor Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 571-creating Public Act 269-on January 6, 2016, making this the second time in a little over two years that the Michigan Campaign Finance Act (MCFA) rules for political committees have been changed. Among the changes there were several that impact political committee filing dates, rules for the administration of Separate Segregated Funds and Candidate Committee debt payments.

Association IMPACT Magazine Mar/Apr Bookmark




The Internship Issue explores how to start an internship program, where to find interns in Michigan and what interns bring to the office. In addition, the influence associations have on advocacy, seven CEO survival tips and holding yourself accountable are discussed.

Nonprofits Would be impacted by Overtime Rule Bookmark

Many organizations across the country, including associations, are preparing for a surge in personnel costs as they prepare for the Obama administration’s overhaul to the Department of Labor Overtime Rule. According to a letter from the Congress to the Secretary of Labor, the Labor Department's proposal, due to be released in final form in July, would more than double the salary threshold to $50,440 per year, up from $23,660. With implementation of this rule, about five million workers would become newly eligible for overtime pay. 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. 

Cheryl Ronk Honored with ASAE's First Association Political Leadership Award Bookmark


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.

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