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December 15, 2014 — In One Day, Get a Year's Worth of Value

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SEE YOU TOMORROW AT HOLIDAY SHOWCASE!
So much is in store for you during tomorrow's 26th annual Holiday Showcase®, where you'll enjoy a great value for a day's worth of learning that can be applied throughout the entire year. Plan your Showcase experience using the digital program guide, which contains the complete schedule as well as details on nearly 20 education programs and SIG meetings that will leave you with new connections as well as actionable ideas and strategies. In the program guide, check out the list of more than 600 exhibitors as well as show specials and in-booth giveaways.


ORDER SESSION RECORDINGS
Since Holiday Showcase has so many outstanding education sessions to choose from, you have the opportunity to purchase the recordings of several sessions.


DONATE TO THE DIAPER DRIVE
Don't forget to bring a pack of disposable diapers to the registration area—all donations will benefit ChildServ—and enter a chance to win an all-inclusive trip for two to Vancouver.


WHAT'S YOUR FORWARD-THINKING IDEA?
Have an idea that will challenge association professionals to think differently? Or a business solution to share? Help your colleagues overcome the sentiment, “But we’ve always done it that way,” by presenting at Association Forum’s recalibrated annual meeting—Forum Forward 2015—taking place June 16-17 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The Forum Forward Working Group is now seeking education content on marketing, expanding revenue, technology or new business models. All submissions must be received by Dec. 31. Review the criteria before submitting your proposal.


THE POWER OF ASSOCIATIONS
Check out this video that highlights findings from Association Forum’s most recent Economic Impact Study.


MINIMUM WAGE UPDATE
On Dec. 2, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance to increase the minimum wage in Chicago to $13/hour by 2019. The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce with the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association, Illinois Restaurant Association, and Illinois Retail Merchants Association opposed the increase for many reasons including the potential of the ordinance constraining growth and job creation by business. The Illinois State House adjourned on Dec. 3 without taking action on the minimum wage. After the House adjourned, the Illinois Senate passed an amended bill (House Bill 4733) that would raise the wage to $11/hour over a 4-year period (July 1, 2015 to July 1, 2019). It includes language to preempt municipalities from setting a minimum wage higher than the state, but grandfathers in the Chicago minimum wage of $13/hour. It also contains tax credits for some employers.


NEW PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE STATEMENT: ETHICAL BEHAVIOR OF ASSOCIATION LEADERS
The conduct and ethical behavior of an association's leaders set the tone for the conduct and ethical behavior of the association's staff and members. For this reason, their conduct and ethical behavior must be beyond reproach and free of any impropriety. Honesty, integrity, respect, fairness and good faith are essential traits of ethical behavior. Review our most recent Professional Practices statement to get the guidance you need to promote ethical behavior in your association. 


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