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Monthly Luncheon

December 19, 2017
Embassy Suites Little Rock

ASAE Annual Christmas Party!
11:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Join ASAE for a fun-filled lunch at the Embassy Suites! There will be food, drink, and fun games with prizes!

Special thanks to our Christmas Party Sponsors:

     Little Rock CVB
     Visit Hot Springs
     Fairfield Bay Conference Center
     Visit Rogers
     Holiday Inn Conference Center

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



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AR Sheriffs' Youth Ranch - Christmas Donation

Each year ASAE helps to provide Christmas gifts to the youth at their 3 campuses.  It's that time of year again!
How can you help?
  • You can select an individual child to purchase gifts for
  • You can donate gift cards to be used for shopping
  • Donate specifically requested items for the houses. This year includes books for all ages, board games, and snacks.
  • If you want to make a monetary tax-deductible donation, checks can be made out to the Arkansas Sheriffs' Youth Ranch. 

You can email ( or call (501-223-9188) and let the ASAE office know which child you would like to adopt for this holiday season! 

Items can be brought to the Christmas luncheon on December 19 or delivered to the ASAE office at 9 Shackleford Plaza by Monday, December 18.

To learn more about the Arkansas Sheriffs' Youth Ranch visit their website at


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Membership Directory

Do you have an Arkansas photo that you think would make a good cover to the 2018 ASAE Directory?  Send it, with photo credit, to
Renew your dues online today! The 2018 ASAE Directory will be published March 2018.  2018 dues MUST be paid by February 15th in order to be included in the directory. 

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Member News

Executive News 

Chris Villines, Executive Director for the Association of Arkansas Counties, was appointed to the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council, with his term expiring July 1, 2019.  

Bill Roachell, President of the Associated Builders & Contractors of Arkansas, has been reappointed to the Arkansas Manufactured Home Commission, with his term set to expire September 1, 2019.

Bob Harris will be in Little Rock March 26-30 helping with the Pulaski County Medical Societies strategic planning.  This is an FYI should someone else want to use his services while he is here. 

Associate News 

Enjoy your stay at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks while helping a local food pantry! Help the Inn of the Ozarks help families in need through December 30, 2017. Bring 4 non-perishable food items for EACH night of stay, for donation to the Flint Street Fellowship Food Pantry, upon check-in and receive 20% off regular room rates (not valid with any other discounts) and subject to availability.  In 2016, due to guest participation, they were able to deliver over 2,000 non-perishable food items!    

Country music legend Joe Diffie will be the featured performer this year when Christmastime in Arkansas LIVE, with the Ned Perme Band, returns to the Hot Springs Convention Center December 15 at 7 p.m. This will be the third year for the holiday show, which benefits the Arkansas Foodbank. Tickets, at $25 per person or $500 for a VIP reserved table for 10, will go on sale via Ticketmaster in November. For advance tickets call Steve Arrison at 501-321-2027.    

Embassy Suites Little Rock Need an extra bed for those family or friends coming to visit during the holidays? Take advantage of our special Client Appreciation rate for your family & friends during the holiday season.  $89.00 (based on double occupancy, December 1-30, 2017. Does not apply to group reservations and the offer is based on availability).   For reservations please call Susanne Fritts: 501-537-3310

The Maxwell Blade Theatre of Magic in Hot Springs GRAND OPENING DEC 8th-8pm. The fully restored Malco Theatre is now home to the Maxwell Blade Theatre of Magic. Opening night gala with food and beverages $45.00 including the program. Call 623-6200 or  

Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens through New Year’s Eve (closed Christmas day). Covering 18 acres of the 210-acre Garden, it is an incredible way to view the Garden in a whole new light, a celebration of the Garden spaces with light, as well as an exceptional way to build wonderful family traditions. As visitors begin their tour of Holiday Lights, a stroll through the natural 4-acre Garden of the Pine Wind featuring ethereal blue and white lighting, giant koi fish, a multitude of light-wrapped trees characterizes the uniqueness of Garvan’s Holiday Lights. The 50-ft tall Rose Tree display features a 12-minute musical holiday celebration with an animated light show. Then, visitors will explore the Garden acres featuring the new ice dandelion, ice tunnels, ice palace, flowers and a pond blooming with light. For kids at heart, the fully-animated James the Train offers hands-on fun, surrounded by traditional elves, reindeer and a lighted sleigh. The fanciful lighted Parterre garden and Jazz Piano trio are featured on the Great Lawn, near the lighted miniature Train Garden and free Hot Chocolate tent. Garden gates will open at 3 p.m. daily. To speed entry time once parked, tickets may be purchased in advance online at   

Do you have a special you would like to offer 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 Stop Volunteer Drift  

Volunteer leaders sometimes stick around longer than bylaws dictate. That’s a problem not just for the people in charge but those hoping to be. Some people just don't know when to let go.

On a recent thread on one of ASAE’s Collaborate groups, an executive mentioned a problem with a volunteer committee that had allowed its members to stay in place long past its designated term limits. Now, unsurprisingly, the volunteers have a hard time letting go of the reins and are sure that they are the only people qualified to manage the committee. After all, they’ve been there so long! 

The overwhelming majority of associations have some kind of policy in place regarding volunteer terms: According to ASAE’s 2013 book, What Makes High-Performing Boards?, 89 percent of associations do so. Sometimes, though, the policy is a relaxed one: 27 percent have no term limits or just require that members roll off for a year or two. And though there’s general agreement that some lines around terms of service are desirable, there’s little consensus about what those lines ought to be.  [READ MORE]  


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