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Hello CMAA! A few weeks ago, I went to the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)’s annual conference. I have belonged to ASAE for more than 30 years and rarely miss attending, except for other obligations--or more recently, COVID. It was the first time we have gathered in three years and ...
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CMAA National Headquarters Alexandria, VA Hello CMAA Members! I want to share my thoughts on member dues, specifically CMAA National dues. I know your clubs have seen costs rise with the dramatic jump in inflation. I suspect the vast majority of you have already implemented or are contemplating member ...
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Hello CMAA! How many of you belong to a peer/mastermind/support group – or more than one? I counted mine and I have four that are really core to my interests and principles. They range from a kitchen cabinet within CMAA that I look to for insight and feedback, to a couple of industry peer groups, and ...
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June 2022: Fishing

Hello CMAA! Throughout my career in association management, each organization I have been with has always had an advocacy-related role at the federal or state level. We would regularly conduct member fly-ins to DC; had a team of association staff working in a federal and a state legislative affairs department; ...
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I recently saw a CMAA member’s post on LinkedIn that shared a concept called “meaningful success.” Meaningful success marks the points in time when: 1) we are doing things we love, 2) we are doing it well, and 3) we are serving others. These times can occur in our career, at home, or any place in life. ...
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Hello CMAA Members! In some respects, the last two years of life in a pandemic have been a blur. I can hardly remember the early days of worries about restriction of nonessential travel between states; the closing of non-essential businesses for a time; or not having toilet paper! But like you, I have ...
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March 2022: Trust

Hello CMAA! My sincere thanks to all who attended the World Conference and Club Business Expo in San Diego, CA. It was exactly the break we needed to recharge and spend time with each other. Thank you for making this Conference a special one. 2022 Executive Committee February 2022 San Diego, CA ...
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Numbers are an arithmetical value, expressed by a word, symbol, or figure, representing a particular quantity and used in counting and making calculations and for showing order in a series or for identification. February is when CMAA releases its annual report, audit, and I share an update in my State ...
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Happy New Year CMAA! It was President Harry S. Truman who said, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” I know many of you subscribe to this quote and I do too. As we kick off the new year, I want to share some leadership messages I have read over the past few months that resonated ...
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Hello CMAA Members and Happy Holidays from all of us on the CMAA team! We hope you, your family, and your club have a joyous holiday season. While we still have a few weeks before we officially welcome the new year, CMAA began its 2022 fiscal year on November 1. We will be sharing a review of this past ...
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February 19-23, 2022 San Diego, CA Hello, CMAA! Registration for the 2022 World Conference and Club Business Expo opened in late October and sign ups to date are impressive! Like you, I am really looking forward to being back live and in person in San Diego, CA, February 19-23. As a community, we ...
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Hello CMAA members! I am in an ‘80s mood as I write this. I hope I can get you there too. I have the voice of Chris Clews bouncing around in my head from his talk at CMAA’s Leadership/Legislative Conference where he used ‘80s movies that were imbedded with leadership lessons. Like Ferris Bueller, from ...
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Hello CMAA members! For those of you who attended CMAA’s Leadership/Legislative Conference (LLC) it was great to see you. At the start of LLC, one of our traditions is for the National Board of Directors to share some of the Board and Committee related activities from the past year. I also have the opportunity ...
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Hello CMAA! Where has the summer gone?! It was a very different summer for everyone compared to last year based on where we were within the pandemic. When the world seemed to come to screeching halt in early 2020, the CMAA staff and leadership had just approved a new Strategic Plan . The pandemic did ...
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Hello CMAA! A few weeks ago, I audited BMI Sports & Recreation Management in Scottsdale, AZ. I went a few days early to visit a couple of National Park sites I had yet to see. Over the weekend, before the program began, the GM/COO of Arizona Country Club, Desi Speh, invited me to do an early morning ...
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This too shall pass. This saying implies nothing is permanent and regardless of what we are going through in life, it is ultimately temporary and will change. The concept of impermanence has certainly been something we have held on to tightly during the pandemic, waiting for brighter days. Just like ...
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Hello CMAA! This month, I want to focus on our student members since May is graduation month for some. While this message is aimed toward CMAA students, I really think it applies to everyone. You be the judge. Throughout my life I have always been interested in investing. My undergraduate degree was ...
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Hello CMAA! In a past life, I was involved in corporate governance of NYSE and NASDAQ listed companies. I still get a steady stream of corporate governance focused emails and articles in my inbox regularly. One that recently stood out was the Director Institutes 2020-2021 survey . As we continue to ...
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For the CMAA HQ team and me, our favorite National event by far is the World Conference. It is our chance to see so many of you in one place over the span of several days. Ok, I used the wrong word – see. While it was good to get to see so many of you last week virtually in one place, what I missed most ...
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February 2nd was Groundhog Day – another six weeks of winter! But this year the pandemic makes some of us feel like we are living just like Bill Murray in the movie “Groundhog Day” with a repeat of life from day-to-day as we get through this current chapter of the pandemic. Please know, I am generally ...
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