September 2017 Print

Monthly Luncheon

September 19, 2017
Next Level Events Little Rock

Property Tax 101


Where/how are county property tax revenues generated and more importantly where are they spent? Also, find out what happens when property taxes go delinquent, how much goes delinquent and the steps the treasurer's office takes to collect those revenues.
Bentley Hovis, Deputy Director of the Pulaski County Treasurer's Office, will provide the answers to these questions and more! 

ASAE's policy is that anyone that RSVP's and does not attend the meeting will be billed.



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CAE (Certified Association Executive)

CAE Study Group Forming
Will you be a part of it?   

The next CAE study group will have its first meeting on Wednesday, September 20 at 12pm.  Join us at the Arkansas Bar Association to begin preparing for the next CAE exam which will be held December 1st.  Not going to be ready by December?  Mark your calendar for May 5th! 

Please email the office at if you are interested. For more details about the CAE exam, visit 


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ASAE Forum Posts

Use the ASAE Forum to SEEK and SHARE information!

Recent Posts:  

Customer Service Speaker: I thought this group might have some good suggestions on an interesting speaker on customer service. The group wants someone who can talk about working with all kinds of customers, but particularly millennials. It would be great if they could be entertaining as well. I know hospitality professionals are well versed in the subject so I thought of ASAE as a good resource to start with.

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  • Log into your account
  • On the left side of the page choose Forum [direct link]
  • Read, comment, subscribe, or post 
Each post on the forum is moderated and each new post must be approved prior to being published.

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Scholarships Available

The Arkansas Society of Association Executives is proud to partner with Institute for Organization Management, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s professional development program for non-profit executives, and offer two $500 partial tuition scholarships to one of Institute’s 2018 sites. The two scholarships, available to our members, will be awarded to students attending Institute for the first time to assist with enrollment fees and cannot be combined with any other Institute scholarships.
For over 95 years, Institute has educated association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders across the country through its national program, highly rated curriculum and high caliber instructors. Thousands of executives have attended Institute sites across the country to strengthen their management skills, learn industry best practices, and gain a broad national perspective from peers.  Institute has helped them build stronger organizations, become stronger business advocates and better serve their members. In addition, you will earn points towards your CCE or CAE certification as Institute’s curriculum is directly tied to the bodies of knowledge of both the American Society of Association Executives and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Upon completion of the Institute program, graduates receive the IOM recognition which allows them to use the letters “IOM” in public mention and professional correspondence.  The IOM recognition signifies the completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management and commitment to the industry.
If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity, contact Vicki Farmer at or 501-661-7675  by October 13th.

Early registration deadline for Winter Institute is November 17th.
For more information about Institute’s curriculum, sites, and dates, visit the Institute Web site and Prospective Student Toolkit to help you gain insight into the program.
Are you already an IOM and have an updated job or title? Update your contact information and stay connected.

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Member News

Get Involved!  

ASAE members attended the ASAE National Convention in Toronto, August 12-15.

L to R: David Nelson (Little Rock Marriott), Velva French (DoubleTree Litttle Rock), Tony Poe (Little Rock CVB) and Brant Collins (Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism) had a booth to encourage attendees to bring their organization to Arkansas.

ASAE Executive Director, Marilyn Porterfield, and President, Karen Gehre, along with fellow ASAE members (Tony Poe, Velva French, David Nelson, Susannah Fuquay) had the opportunity to view Toronto 'from the top of it all' at the CN Tower.  Networking and Learning was in abundance during the 4 days in Toronto.  Scholarships are available to small staff associations each year through National ASAE.  Mark your calendar for August 18-21, 2018, in Chicago!

Executive News 

Program and Development Position at the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/AIA seeks a highly organized individual who can serve as the program and development assistant to two of its programs- Leadership Arkansas and Be Pro Be Proud.

Leadership Arkansas is a unique program designed to take a comprehensive view of the economic and political challenges that face Arkansas. We recruit highly-motivated individuals to experience first-hand the dynamic interactions between cities, industries, governmental units and the people they serve. Leadership Arkansas is grounded in the belief that it is from bringing diverse interests and backgrounds together that real progress is achieved. Through shared experiences and frequent interactions, Leadership Arkansas participants, facilitators and alumni learn and grow as they advance through an innovative nine-month program designed to expose class members to the challenges and opportunities of our local communities and their impact on the State as a whole.

Be Pro. Be Proud. is an effort designed to change student, parent and educator perceptions of technical professions within the manufacturing, trucking and construction industries by presenting them as the high-tech, high-wage career paths they are. The primary elements of the effort are (1) a fully-integrated web platform ( highlighting twelve highest-need careers within these sectors and the paths to obtain training and employment; and (2) a highly-interactive Mobile Workshop that brings various elements of these careers directly to high school and middle school students via simulators and games. The program is operated by a four-person team.

Job responsibilities include assisting the Director of these programs with the recruitment and management of Leadership participants, and coordination of Leadership events.Employee benefits are included salary will be commensurate upon experience stating at $37k. Please send resumes to  

Associate News 

Do you have a special you would like to offier to ASAE members? Special booking rates or rewards?  Unique promotional items? Email by the end of each month to have it included in the monthly newsletter!   


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Feature Story

How to Save on Food and Beverage Costs at Your Next Meeting  

Planning, flexibility, and seasonality are your buzzwords for saving money on conference food and beverage. Most associations walk a fine line with their meeting food and beverage plans. They want to give attendees a good spread, because full bellies go with happy attendees, but they are cognizant that this is one of the biggest meeting expenses. PCMA’s Convene 26th Annual Meetings Market Survey found that “Despite the continued improving economy, most meeting organizers are still being asked to cut back on meeting expenses, and the majority (63 percent) have been asked to focus on reducing F&B expenses.”

At this point, you already know the cost-cutting basics: Plan the menu well in advance, control portion sizes (e.g., staff a buffet), and focus on seasonal ingredients. So if you are looking to further pare food and beverage costs, it might be time to get creative—and flexible. [READ MORE].


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