Association Executives' Group to Add European Members
Hyman, Julie, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
The American Society of Association Executives is looking abroad to expand its membership.
For the first time, the group is offering dual membership to individuals in the European Society of Association Executives.
The European society is considerably smaller than the American, with 200 executive and 25 supplier members. ASAE has 25,000 executive and supplier members.
Courtney Gardner, an ASAE spokeswoman, said the partnership gives executives on both sides of the Atlantic a chance to learn from each other. And the group hopes to expand the program to the 14 other similar association societies worldwide.
"We're hoping that this can open some doors. We're going to use this as a model," she said.
"We're trying to promote association management and professionalism. That doesn't necessarily stop with our borders," she added.
ASAE is once again taking it to the Hill for its 19th annual American Associations Day, June 20.
A "grass-roots army" of 400 will descend on the Capitol to lobby legislators and generally communicate the importance of association constituents, said Ray Towle, director of ASAE's public policy division.
That lobbying effort follows a legislative summit and the "GR School" on June 19.
"It's geared toward government relations professionals who are new to the association community," Mr. …