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A Letter from the President: Spring Cleaning, Volunteer Needs, and July 1 Dues Increase

01 Apr 2016 10:14 AM | Anonymous

It’s that time again – time to do some spring cleaning!  I’d like to share a few updates about some spring cleaning we’ve been doing for the ATD Nashville chapter.


As many of you know, we entered into an agreement in January with a professional association management company.  Our association managers (AMs) have been working hard with your board members in Q1 to close a number of gaps in processes and documentation, recommend strategic and operational improvements, and improve the service provided to members by providing timely responses to inquiries from current and potential members, sponsors, and vendors.  A tremendous amount of work has been done over the last few months—and we hope you’ll begin to notice the improvements soon, if you haven’t already.


Despite all the work our board members and AMs have done, we’re still working through some change management and figuring out how to better position ourselves for the future.  We expect this “spring cleaning” to continue throughout 2016 as we benchmark against other ATD chapters and other associations, and make adjustments to ensure our chapter will continue to offer quality networking, professional development, and advocacy in the future.  We’re trying some new things and making investments in quality development offerings, including our February events on mobile learning with Sarah Gilbert, an expert who is well-respected and in high demand on the national speaking and workshop circuit.  We have more events like this planned for 2016 and hope you’ll take advantage of them.


One important thing we noticed recently while cleaning out the chapter’s closets was the fact that we need more volunteers.  This is a volunteer-led organization.  The only way we are able to continue offering quality professional development and networking opportunities at such reasonable rates is because of the efforts of our volunteers.  We’ve already stretched our board members too thin, considering all the things that are either underway or in planning, and could use more leaders.  Might you consider volunteering some of your time to help with one of our initiatives?  If so, please send an email to nikole.abate@agsmithassoc.com  indicating your interest and one of your board members will be in contact to find a good fit for your strengths.


Also, in order to help us bring you more high-quality professional development offerings—and to ensure our financial stability as we move into the future—we will be increasing our annual dues by a small amount, to $89, for all renewals beginning on July 1st.  We haven’t increased our dues for many years, so we approached this decision cautiously and deliberated extensively.  The board and AMs benchmarked chapter dues across the country; this cost is fairly average, when compared to chapters of like size in similar locations.


I hope you have a wonderful spring and look forward to meeting you at an upcoming event.


Brad Minor


ATD Nashville

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