April 2018 Print

Monthly Luncheon

April 17, 2018
Comfort Inn Presidential

Productivity Tricks for ANY Computer User
Lori Canada
4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator

Have you found yourself struggling with today's latest technology and making it work for you? Let's look at some ways that you can turn that around and become a computer whiz! Everything from task lists, to computer efficiency, and even some fun and games. I guarantee you will be able to walk away with tricks to make your life a little bit easier!

Lori Canada taught secondary math in Southeast Arkansas. In her classroom, she aspired to increase student engagement and sought new ways to integrate technology. Lori has worked with teachers for over 4 years to integrate technology into their classroom. As a Google Certified Trainer, Lori has a variety of tips & tricks to integrate best practices into a wide range of classrooms. Now at Arkansas 4-H, she works with STEM programs to incorporate and provide resources for county agents across the state.

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



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ASAE Trade Show

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Wally Allen Ballroom-Statehouse Convention Center


Visit with over 50 exhibitors/suppliers your association could work with on a regular basis!

Prizes are drawn throughout the show, beginning at 11:30. 
(All association staff are also eligible for prizes.) 

To be eligible for prizes, you must RSVP.


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Member News

Executive News 

Joseph Dean has been named executive vice president of AGC Arkansas. AGC is a voluntary trade association of general contracting firms and is the oldest and largest general contractors association in the state, having been founded in 1934.“I could not be more excited to join AGC Arkansas,” Dean said in a statement. “My career has been spent developing and advancing the economy of our great state and I look forward to continuing those efforts at AGC Arkansas through the advocacy and promotion of the construction industry that is so vital to our economy.” Dean was previously with Flake & Kelley Commercial. He was the vice president of economic development for the Little Rock Regional Chamber for over a decade and has also served as executive director of the Metro Little Rock Alliance. Dean is a recipient of the 2008 Arkansas Outstanding Economic Developer Award. He graduated from the University of Arkansas.

Arkansas Forestry Association seeks Communications Coordinator. The Arkansas Forestry Association (AFA), the Voice of Forestry in the state, is seeking a talented communication professional to lead the association’s communication and marketing efforts as Communications Coordinator. Qualified candidates should be highly-organized, energetic, team-oriented, and possess the ability to build coalitions, manage multiple projects, and anticipate, identify and address emerging issues. Proven written, oral communication, social media, and computer skills are essential.
Other required skills include experience with: Print and electronic publication development, distribution and maintenance; Website Management; Media Relations; Community Relations; Fundraising; Advertising; Strategic Planning. Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism or marketing is required and at least two years of related experience is preferred. AFA is an equal opportunity employer that offers an excellent benefits package for full-time employees that includes health, dental, vision, retirement, vacation and holidays. Interested candidates should provide a resume, salary requirement, references, and at least one press release, newsletter, magazine or other published article and one design sample to:

Max Braswell, Executive Vice President
Arkansas Forestry Association
1213 West 4th St.
Little Rock, AR 72201

Candidates may also send the required information by email to communications@arkforests.org

EAST Initiative seeks Project Coordinator. The Project Coordinator organizes and coordinates specialized projects for EAST Initiative. Strong communication with both internal staff and external clients is crucial in project execution. Budgeting, tracking and documenting the progress of projects, gathering feedback, and reporting are just as vital. Other duties include occasional onsite visits to EAST programs and clients. It is expected that this new position will evolve over time to fit the unique traits of EAST, existing project clients and future endeavors.
This position is based out of our West Little Rock offices with typical hours of 8-5 M-F. Occasional travel will be required and may include overnight stays. The applicant must have strong organizational and communication/collaboration skills. A high level of confidence is needed when working with external clients in establishing and maintaining project relationships. This position is vital in developing strong connections to keep us relevant, efficient and effective. Brainstorming, problem-solving and planning skills along with a strong work ethic are a must. Highly successful project related experiences in education or non-profit environments are a plus. View full job description.


Associate News 

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Board Nominations


Positions Open:

   ~3 Directors

If interested, send an email to office@arksae.net or to the Nominations Committee Chair, Max Braswell at mbraswell@arkforests.org.


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ASAE Annual Convention


July 16-17, 2018 at the Hotel Hot Springs. 

Room rates start at $114/night for Executives
$119/night for Associates
Call 877-623-6697 and ask for the Arkansas Society of Association Executives block

The first session will begin Monday, July 16, at 2:00 pm.


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Welcome New Members

The following member was approved for membership at the March 13th luncheon:

  • Ashley Wimberly, Arkansas Press Association



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Feature Story

A Change to the Lobby Tax 

A little-noticed provision tucked away in the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TJCA) will affect associations that lobby at the local level. Under the TJCA, expenses incurred in connection with attempting to influence legislation at the local or municipal level (including Indian tribal governments) will no longer be deductible. For associations, this tax code change means that such local lobbying expenses will need to be counted as part of the association's lobbying tax calculations.

In general, since 1993, the tax code has required associations recognized as exempt under Section 501(c)(6) to either:

1. Tell their members what portion of their dues is spent on lobbying and is therefore nondeductible, or
2. Pay a proxy tax on the amount the association spends on lobbying.

The tax code contained a specific exception for expenses incurred in connection with influencing local legislation. The TJCA eliminates this exception immediately, effective for any such expenditures incurred on or after December 22, 2017.

For associations involved in local lobbying as well as state and/or federal lobbying, this means that the percentage of dues they report to their members as nondeductible may increase. Associations that are involved only in local lobbying—such as a local chamber of commerce—will now have to report to their members the portion of dues that is nondeductible. This could be a big shift in how such associations operate, since they may not have been accustomed to capturing staff time, expenses, and fees to outside lobbyists and reporting that as a percentage of their dues to members.

Another change to the tax code will likely have a positive effect on some associations affected by the lobbying nondeductibility rules. Specifically, those associations that choose to pay a flat proxy tax rather than estimate the portion of the membership dues allocable to lobbying expenditures and report such nondeductible amounts to their members will benefit from the reduced corporate rate—the proxy tax amount decreases from 35% of lobbying expenditures to 21%. As such, the lower corporate rate may reduce the tax liability for associations that elect to pay the proxy tax.

The requirement to report the percentage of membership dues allocable to lobbying does not apply to Section 501(c)(3) organizations, which are generally prohibited from devoting more than a substantial part of their activities to influencing legislation.

As a reminder, the rules on deductibility of lobbying are completely unrelated to lobbying disclosure rules. Many states require registration and reporting at the state level for local lobbying (such as New York). In addition, many localities have their own lobbying registration systems (such as New York City, to name just one of many).

Article received from Venable LLP


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National ASAE News

National ASAE Annual Meeting  

ASAE Annual Meeting is where association professionals go to get focused. Join 5,000+ of your colleagues from across the country for three full days of powerful networking, thought-provoking education sessions, and innovative business solutions. August 18–21, 2018 in Chicago, IL. Visit asaeannualmeeting.org today.

Separate Calculation of Unrelated Business Income  

National ASAE continues to assess the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on tax-exempt organizations. As such, we wanted to share the following article prepared for ASAE and its members by Deborah Kosnett, CPA, Tax Principal, and Lisa Heller, CPA, Tax Senior Manager, both of Tate & Tryon CPAs. The article provides an excellent overview of the provision in the tax law requiring that unrelated business taxable income (UBTI) be separately computed for each business activity, ostensibly to prevent tax-exempt groups from using the loss from one unrelated business activity to offset the income from another unrelated business activity. The article can be found here.

This is a complex issue, and we are still awaiting guidance from the IRS to see how the agency interprets the provision. That said, the Tate & Tryon article provides some helpful recommendations for exempt organizations seeking to plan ahead for this provision.

If you have questions about this issue, feel free to contact the authors directly (their email addresses are in the article) or ASAE’s Public Policy team.



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CAE (Certified Association Executive)

One hundred and forty-one association executives recently earned their Certified Association Executive (CAE®) credential from the CAE Commission of ASAE, joining more than 4,200 industry leaders worldwide. “By earning your CAE, you have a greater knowledge regarding all areas of association management that will assist you throughout your career,” said Tracy L. Petrillo, EdD, CAE, chair of the CAE Commission and Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine.

The CAE Program serves to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate those who have acquired and have demonstrated knowledge essential to the practice of association management. The CAE Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). For more details about the CAE exam, visit asaecenter.org/cae.

Please let the ASAE office know if you are interested in the CAE credential.  Someone would be happy to visit with you and answer any questions.


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ASAE Partners

Thank you to our Associate Members who have signed up as a Partner with ASAE for 2018.  

Visit Hot Springs
Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau

Fairfield Bay Conference Center
Holiday Inn Conference Center
Holiday Inn & Northwest Arkansas Convention Center
Visit Rogers

Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa
Best Western Inn of the Ozarks
Branson/Lakes Area CVB
Chancellor Hotel
Chateau on the Lake Resort
Doubletree Hotel Little Rock
Embassy Suites by Hilton Hot Springs
Fort Smith Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hilton Garden Inn North Little Rock
Hiltons of Branson
Holiday Inn Presidential
Tunica Convention & Visitors Bureau
Visit Bentonville



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