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May 30, 2011 — Memorial Day: A Day to Remember

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Thank You to Our Nation's Heros
Today, we honor those who served and sacrificed their lives to protect our nation’s freedom and people. A national moment of remembrance will take place at 3 p.m. local time. In observance of Memorial Day, Association Forum’s offices will be closed on Monday, May 30 and will reopen on Tuesday, May 31.

Featured Member: Delia Lozano
Delia Lozano is senior staff accountant at the American Dietetic Association and a 2011-2012 Workforce Diversity Scholar. Earlier this year, Delia was promoted and is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

  • My first job was…as a day camp counselor through a City of Chicago summer program and continued through each summer until I was 18. I loved every minute of it!
  • A famous person I would like to have dinner with is… Maria Bartiromo or Alicia Keys.
  • My favorite TV show is…Friends. I still watch it on DVD.
  • My favorite overall team is…Chicago White Sox

What is the top thing you’d like to learn from the Chicagoland association community in 2011? I would like to learn how to become a better team player.

Meet Songwriters from Toby Keith & Faith Hill's Hits
During the Annual Meeting’s closing session “The Business of Creativity: The Songwriters’ Perspective”, attendees will hear from the songwriters who wrote hits for musicians such as Faith Hill, Toby Keith, Reba McEntire, Lady Antebellum, LeAnn Rimes, Carrie Underwood and more! Get insights into these songwriters’ creative processes and learn how you can get ideas when the day-to-day grind has sapped your creativity.

5/31 - Renew Your Dues by May 31
Catching up on your to-do list today? Remember to renew your dues. After May 31, members who don’t renew will no longer receive all the valuable membership benefits such as access to the career center, educational events and members-only content. Help improve your organization - don’t delay, renew today and email membership@associationforum.org now.

6/1 - Annual Meeting Early-Bird Discount Ends
Register by this Wednesday to receive the early-bird rates for the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 14, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. The cost for members to attend is just $369 when you register before June 1. Then, after registering, bring additional staff for just $185 per registrant. Choose from 16 educational sessions and check out who's attending the Annual Meeting.

6/7 – (Free!) Project Planning Your Way to a Great Education Program
Are you always scrambling the few days before your biggest programs? Fear not! On Tuesday, June 7, attend this complimentary Education and Program Development SIG meeting to learn about project management techniques. Leave this training session armed with templates to use to integrate project management into your program development efforts.

6/8 – Book Publishing Brown Bag Lunch Discussion
Do you need some fresh ideas for marketing your organization's books? Are you having trouble with a certain high-maintenance book author? Do you need to create an e-book strategy? Then connect with your book publishing colleagues on Wednesday, June 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m., for this complimentary session. All book publishing-related topics and issues will be discussed.

6/14 – Practical Approaches to Working With the 'Other' Generations
This session, held at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 14, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., will help you understand how to work well with the four generations in our association workforce. Learn how to thrive as a Sandwich Manager, supervising those older and younger at the same time and the three secrets for on-boarding young professionals and getting them to stay. Register today!

6/14 – How to Get Record Attendance at Your Next Event
This session, held at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. will teach you how to
ensure your association survives in this challenging environment.  Discover the hidden secrets to setting attendance records at your conferences, retreats and workshops.  Best of all, most of these strategies won't cost you anything! Register today!

12/15 – Save the Date for Holiday Showcase
Just six months from now, Holiday Showcase 2011 (presented by the Association Forum) will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Save the date to attend another premier education event for association professionals and supplier partners. Secure a booth so your company can participate in the Midwest's No. 1 business services and meeting sites exposition. Click here to see a current list of exhibiting companies. To reserve your space today, visit www.holidayshowcase.org.

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