My Thanks to SCSAE Annual Meeting Attendees and Leadership

June 16, 2009 at 7:41 pm Leave a comment

SCSAE 2009I want to send out a special hello and expression of gratitude to the attendees of the 2009 South Carolina Society of Association Executives (SCSAE) Annual Conference as well as the leadership and staff of SCSAE, especially Executive Director Keely Yates.  It was truly an honor to be in the presence of such a talented and devoted group of association professionals. 

I also want to commend the Isle of Palms Wild Dunes Resort  just outside of Charleston, South Carolina for providing such a wonderful and vibrant environment for SCSAE’s Annual Conference. 

During this week’s conference, I had the opportunity to co-present a general session and CEO breakout session covering the development of volunteer and participation strategies,  building upon key findings from  ASAE and the Center for Association Leadership’s  Decision to Volunteer study.

I also want to personally thank my experienced and knowledgeable co-presenter, Ron McNally, CAE, ASAE and the Center’s Chief Community & Volunteer Relations Officer.

In addition to the covering the key findings and implications of Decision to Volunteer, we also explored a framework for how to institutionalize a volunteer and participation strategy, focusing on volunteer activity audits, volunteer profiling/data management,  recruitment techniques, volunteer placement, recognition and establishing a leadership pipeline. 

We also discussed how “Social Media is Like Volunteerism on Steroids” emphasizing the importance of participant engagement, conversations, relationship-building and understanding that it’s okay to “lose control” with the proper goals and “rules of engagement”.   To SCSAE Immediate Past President David Herndon’s delight, we also considered how the science of chemistry provides an analogy for how social media will strengthen our association’s sphere.   

To the attendees reading this post, I invite you to comment below or follow-up with me directly if you have any more questions or observations to share.  Beyond that, I truly hope our paths will cross again as we continue to build a strong future for associations.

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