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Which of These Volunteer Trends Will You Try This Year?

Asking for volunteers and really getting the most out of their activity can be a struggle. Everyone feels the “there are only so many hours in a day” sentiment, your members included. It can be difficult for them to commit to yet another regularly scheduled activity - let alone give it their all when it comes after a crazy day at the office.

It becomes quite the conundrum when your association relies on volunteers to provide certain benefits, or even to function. If you can identify with these difficulties, it might be time to rethink your association’s volunteer structure. Take a look at these trends and think about how they could fit into (or even replace!) the ways you currently drum up volunteers:

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Doin’ Detroit, ASAE Style

Posted by Callie Walker


In case you haven’t heard, ASAE’s Annual Meeting & Exposition is being held in Detroit this year (Go Tigers!). That’s right, come August, we’ll be making our way to the Motor City – And We. Can't. Wait.

If you’ll be in town for the big event, we highly recommend visiting the following local attractions:

1. The Henry Ford Museum

Whether you’re a Detroit newbie or a returning visitor, the Henry Ford Museum is an absolute MUST-SEE. The museum is home to several iconic artifacts, including the Rosa Parks bus, John F. Kennedy’s presidential limousine, Abraham Lincoln’s chair, the mighty Alleghany locomotive, and even the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile. ASAE Annual’s Opening Night Celebration will be held at the Henry Ford Museum this year, so this one should definitely be on your list. 

2. The Motown Historical Museum

Detroit has quite the musical legacy. It’s the hometown of Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, and even Madonna (can you say impressive?). The Motown Historical Museum is where Berry Gordy Jr. built Motown’s powerful roster, which at its peak included Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and the Jackson 5. It’s also the home of world-famous Studio A, Motown’s first recording studio. If you’re a music lover, this spot’s definitely for you.  

3. Belle Isle

Belle Isle lies in the Detroit River between the U.S. and Canada. In the summer, it houses a great view of downtown Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. You can get there by crossing the MacArthur Bridge, which is about 3 miles east of Detroit's downtown.

Fun fact: Detroit bought the island in the late 1800s and commissioned Frederick Law Olmsted, a chief architect of New York City's Central Park, to oversee the island’s landscaping.

4. The Detroit International RiverWalk

The Detroit International RiverWalk is Detroit’s riverfront that spans miles along the Detroit River. Here you’ll find walking paths, parks, cafes, and even a carousel! With views of Windsor, Ontario, and the Ambassador Bridge, the RiverWalk is perfect for exploring via bike or foot.  

5. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Ok history buffs, this one’s for you. Opened in 1997, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History prides itself as “the world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience.” The Wright Museum houses more than 35,000 artifacts and is home to the Blanche Coggin Underground Railroad Collection, the Harriet Tubman Museum Collection, and the Sheffield Collection, a repository of documents of the labor movement in Detroit. 

If you’ll be at ASAE Annual this year, we’d love to see you! For more information about MemberClicks’ involvement in ASAE Annual, click here.

Topics: association leadership, ASAE, Small Staff Chatter

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