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January 19, 2015 — Don't Fake Your Finance Knowledge

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'THE FUNCTION OF EDUCATION...'
is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education." — Martin Luther King, Jr. Commit to your association management development—review our education offerings for 2015 and sign up for programs today!


FINANCE FOR THE NON-FINANCE PROFESSIONAL
Get the financial guidance you need when you attend: Finance for the Non-Finance Professional Thursday, Feb. 19. Key finance concepts, including many contained on the CAE exam, will be presented and explained by current association finance officers. Register and acquire the mission-critical financial concepts every association professional should know.


CYA ON THE CAE EXAM
If you're planning to take the CAE exam in May, you'll want to do everything you can to prepare for success. The CAE Study Course beginning Feb. 10 is a great way to increase your chances of passing the CAE exam while earning up to a max of 20 required application hours. Participants in the Spring 2014 Study Course had an 85% pass rate – far exceeding the 68% national average! Register and apply for a scholarship by Jan. 27 to get your course materials in time. 


OFFICE CLOSED FOR MLK DAY 
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus." — Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) Today we observe the great orator, Civil Rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986. Only two other individuals have national holidays in the United States honoring them: George Washington and Christopher Columbus.


SOMEONE YOU KNOW DESERVES RECOGNITION

Nominate an outstanding colleague, volunteer or leader for one of Association Forum's prestigious 2015 Honors Awardsdeadline is Jan. 27! Awards include: Association Professional Achievement, Inspiring Leader, John C. Thiel Distinguished Service and the Samuel B. Shapiro Award for Chief Staff Executive Achievement. Recipients will be recognized during 2014 Association Week events in June.


TEST YOUR IDEAS AND SKILLS WITH ASSOCIATION FORUM
There are many ways to contribute your skills and time, and many ways you can benefit from giving back. Become an active part of the association learning laboratory by experimenting and testing your ideas and skills with the Association Forum. The deadline to sign up for a committee, working group or task force is Feb. 6. Explore the right opportunity for you!


JOIN A SHARED INTEREST GROUP

Open to association professionals from Chicagoland associations, Shared Interest Groups — or SIGs — offer a no-pressure environment in which to learn from, network with and find support from like-minded peers. These are small, member-focused gatherings devoted to a wide variety of constituencies, including CEOs, young professionals, association marketers and more! 


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